The Different Kinds of Paint, and What You Need to Know About Them

Picking out a paint doesn’t have to be complicated once you understand the different kinds of paint to choose from.

Painting your home can be a daunting task. Picking out a color, measuring the area, cleaning the space, and planning time off are all factors to take into consideration. However, with the proper research and preparation, your new paint job will go smoothly and efficiently.

When it comes to researching, there may be one more factor you forgot about – the different kinds of paints and finishes to choose from. While you may know what color and palette you want for your home, considering the finish and type of paint is just as essential.

Acrylic versus Latex

There are two main types of paint to select from, acrylic and latex. The central difference between the different kinds of acrylic paint and latex paint is their bases. Acrylic paint is chemical-based, while latex paint is water-based. There are pros and cons to both kinds.

Acrylic

Made from acrylic resins and pigment, there are many pros to choosing acrylic. This paint is more resistant to the sun and water than latex; it is more elastic, more durable, and adheres well to surfaces.

However, there are cons to take into consideration as well. Acrylic paint is more difficult to clean up, can be more expensive, and the chemicals in the paint are toxic and can be less environment-friendly than the alternative.

Latex

Made from vinyl resin and pigments with a water base, latex paint has pros and cons, just like acrylic. Latex paint is cheaper and more easily accessible, safer, and provides better coverage in fewer coats than acrylic paint.

The downside with choosing latex paints is that a low-quality paint may be more susceptible to chipping, are not as resistant to sun and water, and it isn’t very elastic of a substance.

Different Kinds of Paint Finishes 

After the initial coat of acrylic or latex paint is applied, the next step is the finishing coat. Based on reflectiveness, there are a few options to choose from.

Matte

Sometimes referred to as “flat” coats, this paint has the least amount of shine. With the most coverage of all the finishes, the matte finish is also the least durable and can be damaged in the cleaning process. This finish is best for low-traffic areas, such as dining rooms or areas that won’t be in contact with people, such as ceilings.

Eggshell

With slightly more glow than flat paints, eggshell finishes cover imperfections and are more durable than flat finishes. Eggshell paint is great for places with medium traffic, such as hallways, entryways, and living rooms.

Satin

Satin finishes are the most common interior paint finish. With an easy-to-clean surface, this finish is best for common high-traffic areas such as kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and family rooms.

Semi-Gloss and High-Gloss

Both of these finishes are shiny and reflective, durable, and great for rooms that get the most wear and tear in the house, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Additionally, high-gloss paints can be used for doors, trim, cabinetry, and outdoor details. Don’t forget that work is important with both of these gloss finishes.

Keeping in mind where you want to paint (interior or exterior) and how much you want to paint can also help determine which of the different kinds of paint is best for your project. The Nevada Painting Company has resources to help plan the perfect paint, color, design, and desired budget for every job. Contact us today and discover how we can help you choose the perfect kind of paint for your next project and get you results you’ll love to see every day.

 

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