Know your paints

Know your paints

It’s said that colors have the power to add life to anything in this world. With the right color combination you can create miracles. The same goes for our homes as well, colors do act as an important aspect in making of the dream adobe. But in midst of all this we forget how important it is to choose the right paints before beginning on your home painting as it can have a major impact on the character and feel of the room.

Read on to learn more about each type of paint and their application in making your home better.


The majority of wall paint sold today is water-based, but oil-based paint remains popular for glossy woodwork, doors, and furniture, as well as demanding surfaces such as floors.

Be cautious when switching to a water-based paint if the surface has previously been coated with an oil-based product, as the new paint may not stick. In such situations one should use sandpaper to remove the previous layer to make it rough in order to make the application of fresh layer coherent.

Advantages of water-based paints

  • Water bases paints have low VOCs i.e. that they have low levels of toxic emissions.
  • Cleaning walls have always been an arduous task, but water painted walls can be cleaned with simply applying water.
  • They are quick drying paints.
  • They are elastic inheres flexible finish and are resistant to cracking.
  • One of the major characteristics of water paints is that they have a very stable color over time and doesn’t fade over time which makes it one of the most durable paints over time.


true water based paints


Oil-based paint is more durable, but it takes longer to dry, and cleanup requires turpentine or paint thinner (mineral spirits). Oil-based paints are made with either alkyd (synthetic) or linseed (natural) oils. Alkyd paint is more common because it is less expensive and tougher. Progressively, oil-based paints are not being recommended for home painting needs because they emit harmful elements known as VOCs (refer here).

For those instances when an oil-based paint would traditionally be preferable, but you desire a water-based product, a number of companies have introduced “waterborne enamels” or “waterborne alkyds.” These paints look and behave much like oil-based options because they have good leveling qualities for a smooth finish.

Advantages of oil-based paints

  • If you are planning to give an attractive gloss to your walls there is no better option than oil paints.
  • Oil paints have good “leveling” (brush strokes fill themselves in to create a smooth finish)
  • Oil paints give you a firm texture on the wall due to its thickness which eventually leads to a durable finish.


oil based paints

Matte paint:

Matte is the least reflective sheen which is available in the market, generally considered the standard sheen for walls. Matte and flat finishes cover imperfections in surface and application, making either a great choice for ceilings as well as for walls in the bedroom, dining room and living room. You can easily touch up this finish.

Advantages –

  • Matt paints are known to have a velvety texture which distinguishes them from the other paints.
  • If your wall plaster is not on point or if there are imperfections in the ceiling, matte paints can help hide these deformity.
  • If applied with the right technique matte paints can offer great depth of color.

One disadvantage of having matte paints is that they can sometimes be difficult to clean



Satin paint :

A satin finish reflects more light than matte and stands up well to washing which makes it application best for the low lit areas. They are majorly used in high-traffic areas such as bathrooms, the kitchen and a kid’s room as well as on trim and molding throughout the house as they add more light to the room and makes it easy to clean.

Advantages –

  • Satin paints have good reflectivity in low lit areas.
  • They offer improved durability over matte paints.
  • They are frequently used in demanding environments, like kitchens and bathrooms, where easy cleanup without a highly glossy finish is desired.


Semi-gloss and gloss paint:

These paint finishes reflect the most light of any when dry, providing a bright sheen. Semigloss and gloss finishes prove durable and scrubbable, with semigloss offering high resistance to moisture. Can be used in the kitchen and bathrooms as well as on trim and molding throughout the house.

Advantages –

  • Gloss paints are the most reflective sheens.
  • They are highly durable and stand up to multiple cleanings.
  • Can traditionally be used on baseboards, moldings, and doors.
  • Can make a statement, but also highlight imperfections in the wall.

semi gloss paints


In addition to choosing a paint finish that falls into one of these types, you also can combine types to create the perfect finish. Before meeting with your professional painter, especially if you are planning on office painting, pull together the following information:

  • Description of each room to be painted – Simply note lounge, passage or bedroom, etc., but be sure to note dual uses for rooms, such as a garage entry also used as a laundry room.
  • Amount of traffic each room gets – Rank them from low to high.

We hope this article helps you in choosing the right paint for the right place. To know about about home painting and estimates check our website .

Happy Painting!

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