A Guide To Choosing Paints

Have you decided to give your house a new paint? Painting is probably one of the easier home refurbishing projects that you can start. It is not going to cost as much as doing other renovation work and it doesn’t require a lot of tools either. Nevertheless, you are probably going to have to do some searching around if you are not familiar with the different types of paints available in the market. All major paint manufacturers will have a lot of options when it comes to colour, type of paint and added additives, which makes the process of choosing the most suitable solution something even more important.

First of all, there are two main types of wall paints available: water based paints and oil based paints. Their names pretty much describe how they are made, with water based paints being made with water and oil based paints being made with oil. The first choice you have to make is to decide on which one out of water based paint and oil based paint you need to get before starting your project or contacting any commercial painting contractors. They have a few key differences that make them suitable for different areas and purposes.

Water-based paints have a few key benefits. They tend to have very low toxicity levels, are easy to clean up and will also dry up rapidly. Due to these reasons, water-based paints are the best choice for painting projects that involve painting the interior walls of buildings. Water-based paints tend to have a thin, matte finish after they dry up. Their colour will also hold up pretty well over time, without any yellowing. Water based paints are also known by a few other names, such as latex paint or acrylic paint. While the former is just plain water based paint, the latter name is mostly given to paints that have acrylic used as the binding agent, although this is not always the case.

Oil based paints can prove to be useful in certain instances, such as when painting wooden surfaces or for painting exterior walls. Oil based paints generally take more time to dry up (although this can be circumvented if any additives are added by the manufacturers), but will hold much well in the long run. They also provide a glossier surface, along with a very durable finish that is impervious to the elements of nature. Enamel paint is a common name used by most house painters to describe oil-based paints. Oil based paints do require the use of chemicals such as thinner to get rid of stains, which means that they can be hard to clean up after use.

Remember that you will likely need to buy some primer as well to make your newly painted surfaces look much better. Primer needs to be applied on walls before you apply paints. Since primer itself can be either water based or oil based, you need to choose the type of primer which matches the type of paint you have chosen.

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