Beauty is meant to be in the eyes of the beholder and the art of painting is certainly one that reveals the intrinsic beauty inherent in combining different colors in a professional and artistic way.
Painting is an essential part of every building, both residential and industrial. The beauty of a building is determined by the quality and type of paint used, the color combination of the paints and the professionalism in the application of the paints.
Knowing the type of paint to use for your buildings can sometimes be difficult as not everyone is a professional in this art and the decision on the right type of paint to use is one that should be made after careful consultation with a professional painter on the different types of paints available and where they are best applied.
This article lists the types of paints, where they are best used, and their pros and cons to help you decide which paint is right for you.
1. EMULSION PAINT
Emulsion paint is a water-based paint and since it is water-based, you must add thinner (water) before applying. If you do not add thinner, there could be defects on the painted surfaces.
- Emulsion paint is easy to apply and dries faster than other water and oil based paints.
- It can be used on metal, wooden furniture, glass and concrete as it adheres well to all surfaces.
- The color and quality are not affected by water, so you can wash the painted surface with water.
- It is non-flammable and less odorous because the only thing that evaporates after painting is water which only contains hydrogen and oxygen. This also makes it safe to use.
- It can be used in rooms that produce heat and steam such as kitchens and bathrooms.
- It will not dry out, crack or fade in the sun.
- In a humid atmosphere, it takes time to dry.
- It is generally more expensive than oil-based paint.
2. TEXTURED PAINT
Texture paint is usually premixed with particles suspended in the paint. However, some of them do not have granules or particles. In this case, you must either add the particles and stir, or apply the paint to the surface and then texture with special tools.
Types include TEXCOAT and FLEX
Tex coat paint is used for textured coating of surfaces. This type of paint is generally the paint of choice for interior and exterior decorations. If well designed and applied, the result is breathtaking.
Soft paint is milky white but can be pigmented in different colors. They adhere best to urethane rubber and foam.
- It is durable and resistant to water, heat, UV rays, etc.
- They effectively cover imperfect surfaces.
- Easy to maintain.
- Beautiful patterns and exceptional perspectives. Textured paints alone can change the mood of your home. That’s why it’s the best choice for indoor and outdoor decorations.
- All textures created with painting/texturing increase the surface area of the wall. Thus, you will generally need to use about 25% more paint.
- It easily collects dirt and is more difficult to clean.
3. SATIN PAINT
The satin paint, just like the satin material/weave, has a beautiful sheen and velvety appearance. It can be flat or shiny depending on exposure to light.
- It holds up exceptionally well to rubbing and regular cleaning.
- Reflects more light. May appear shiny depending on room lighting.
- Ideal for high traffic areas like the bathroom due to its durability.
- Its shine highlights surface imperfections.
- May lose shine if rubbed too roughly.
- If it needs to be touched up after it dries, the extra paint will be obvious.
4. GLOSSY PAINT
Gloss is a type of paint that creates a shiny surface as soon as it dries. It is made up of pigments ground into a varnish, which produces a hard, glossy, and generally durable finish.
- It is easy to clean, especially when it acquires dust and dirt.
- It’s sustainable.
- Every imperfection, no matter how small, becomes magnified when you use gloss paint.
- There will be an obvious variation when you try to touch it up after a while as the newly painted area will be glossier.
5. MATTE PAINT
Matte paint is dull rather than shiny. It dries to a smooth, velvety finish that hides surface imperfections.
- Easier to touch up and add new richness to color.
- Hides minor surface imperfections.
- The surface stains easily and even if you use the washable one, it will require more maintenance.
All in all, below are the different types of paints and where they are best used for:
- If you want to paint places where you receive guests, you must use matte paint.
- For high traffic areas like the bathroom, you should use satin paint.
- For damp areas like bathrooms and kitchens, you should use emulsion or gloss paint.
- For interior and exterior decorations, you should use textured paint.
- For the exterior painting of the house, you can use glossy or textured paint.
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