There are so many different types of house paint, and when it comes to starting a new paint project, knowing where to begin can be overwhelming.
Here’s our guide to the most common types of house paint.
Strictly speaking, primer isn’t a type of paint, but it is necessary for many painting projects, and you’ve probably come across it when browsing the paint aisle of your local hardware store. Primer is what you apply before anything else. It helps paint adhere to the surface, and ensures your colour comes out true. Primer comes as water-based or oil-based – use the same base for the primer as your chosen paint.
Oil-based and Water-based House Paint
As the name suggests, oil-based paints are made with oil, and water-based with water. Generally, oil-based paints are more durable, shiny, and take longer to dry, and water-based paints are thinner, matte, and take less time to dry.
Also keep in mind that removing oil-based paints requires harsh chemicals, whereas removing water-based paints does not.
Interior and Exterior House Paint
Most paint tins are labeled interior or exterior. This is a guide as to where to paint is best used. Interior paints are usually water-based, and exterior paints are usually oil-based.
Oil-based paints are sometimes given the name ‘enamel’ because of their durability. Enamel paints can be found in a variety of finishes, including gloss and semi-gloss, and are often used on trims around windows and doors. One drawback of enamel paint is that is tends to discolour over time.
Latex paint refers to water-based paint, even though there is no latex in the paint at all.
Acrylic paint is another name for water-based paint, with the addition of acrylic as the binding agent. Acrylic paint comes in a number of varieties:
- Acrylic latex
- Acrylic enamel
- Acrylic latex enamel
Acrylic enamel paints are not a mixture of water-based and oil-based paint. The name is given due to the enhanced durability of the paint.
Always check the tin when purchasing acrylic paint, as the name does not necessarily mean the paint actually contains acrylic or latex.
Specialty House Paints
The above types of house paints can have additives included to give it a certain feature. Some include:
- Anti-mold or anti-mildew
- Fire retardants
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