How To Choose Types of Wall Paint

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Part of home improvement is interior painting. When you feel like the walls of the house need retouching due to cracks, peeling and chipping off, then you must at least know the types of wall paint that you can use around the house. Being more knowledgeable about it can produce creative ideas to make your walls better looking than before. You can even combine a bit of paint and wall stencils to make your own wall décor.

Here are the types of wall paint, which you could work on with your roller:

  1. Latex paint. This type is usually applied on concrete and brick walls. This type of wall paint is convenient to use because you can easily clean them up using soap and water. However, being a water-based type, it does not give off shine or gloss as much as an oil-based paint can do. Of all the paints, latex is considerably low in costs.
  2. Oil-based or alkyd-based paint. This is a thick type of wall paint that has linseed oil (obtained from dried ripe seeds of the flax plant) or an alkyd base (synthetic oil base). It is usually applied on kitchen walls or any other areas in the house that require easy cleaning, including cabinets and doors. Since this is a thick paint, mineral spirits are used for thinning and cleaning the mess after painting. Compared to latex paint, oil-based paint has a longer drying time. Its semi-gloss or hard durable gloss makes it ideal for woodwork trim.
  3. Primer paint. Commonly a varnish or synthetic base, this type of paint is usually applied as the first coating on walls. This fills holes, gaps and cracks in the surface, allowing the next coat of paint to flow smoothly without sinking in. Its glossy output makes it ideal for washrooms and kitchen.
  4. Fire retardant and heat-resistant paints. Paints are commonly known as flammable materials. However, this type of paint is proven safe especially inside homes. It is designed to prevent fire from spreading easily. Such paints use an oil base or oil resin base combined with other chemicals that, in the presence of fire, form blisters, which act as an insulator between the fire and the wall. Although it will still catch fire, it can easily be put out once the source of the fire has died or been removed. An ideal place for application is in the kitchen near the stove. Also, hot surfaces of ovens and boilers are covered with heat-resisting paints.

Plasters can be a problem in time. They tend to pull away, leaving your wall or ceiling damaged. If you are plaster painting, avoid using glossy and light colored paints. Instead, use dark colored paints to hide imperfections.

Another good way to cover cracked or old ceilings and walls is through texture paint. It is called texture paint because it comes with sand-like granules or particles that gives off a stucco design. Some don’t have granules and come as a simple paint that is thick and smooth. It’s up to you to add texture to the paint.

If you think the refrigerator lacks space for all the magnetic posts and notes, then how about applying magnetic paint on your wall? With its iron particles, it can make any wall magnetic. You can cover it later with your favorite color of latex paint or any wallpaper afterwards. Moreover, post your child’s artwork on the wall with magnetic buttons to give his room a personal touch.


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