Painters Advice

Paint Types Explained

Posted on: March 21, 2011

Brand new along with older paint formulations may bring about some  frustration concerning the types of paints readily available in addition to what the differences tend to be among them.

There’s two fundamental kinds of house paint commonly utilised with regard to residential uses:

“Latex” or water based paint

“Oil” or “Alkyd” based paint

The term “Latex paint” is employed by a few paint suppliers to make reference to their water based paints. There isn’t any natural latex within modern paints.

The word “Oil based”  is used in order to refer to paints that contain a linseed oil or perhaps Alkyd base. ‘Alkyd” is actually a fabricated oil base. These kind of paints require a solvent like mineral spirits meant for thinning and also clean up. Oil and Alkyd based paints are almost solely thought to be “enamels” because of their hard resilient shine or semigloss finish and are typically used in covering windows, doorways, and also woodworking trim.

“Acrylic” or  “Acrylic Latex” paint are generally water based paints which contain “Acrylic” as the film collecting binder element. Neither consist of any kind of natural latex as an compound. “Acrylic” provides a low yellowing long-lasting finish.


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