Home Improvement

Building 101: Different Kinds of Paint

Learn about the different kinds of paint before you head to the hardware store


What's the best paint to use for the outdoors? How about the best choice for your room? Take note of the different kinds of paint before you make a purchase.

Read the original article in RL Notebook - January-February 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.  

Paint 101


 Applied to the surface before the actual paint. Paint primer covers up the flaws of a surface, like dents and cracks, and acts as a sealant for porous materials – like wood, so your paint comes out smooth and even.

Latex Paint

A water-based paint that contains acrylic resin. It dries quickly and is easier to clean up than oil-based paint. It can be used for interior or exterior.


They are oil-based paints that form a hard, usually glossy surface when it dries. They are durable and are commonly used for doors, windows, and outdoors because they can withstand heavy wear and tear.

Levels of Gloss

  • Flat Paint

This gives the surface a matte finish. Because it easily attracts dirt, flat paint is often used for areas not subject to wear and tear – like ceilings.

  • Satin Finish / Eggshell Finish

Like that of an eggshell, a satin finish exhibits a smooth, faint luster. It is more durable than flat paint, so it can be used for children’s rooms, hallways, and heavy traffic areas.

  • Semi-gloss paint

Durable and stain-resistant. It is also very easy to clean up, and is recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, and cabinets. It’s also an excellent finish for walls.

  • High-gloss Paint

Like semi-gloss, high gloss paints are very durable and stain-resistant. However, flaws on the surface become more evident with high gloss because it reflects more light. They are ideal for areas subject to wear and tear, like entryways and the outdoors.

Real Tip: Make sure that the area to be painted is WELL-VENTILATED. Open all doors and windows to let the air circulate.

To view a list of stores and suppliers, click here.


Latest Stories

17 Important Loan Terms That You Should Know

Buying a house? Here’s an A-to-T glossary of financial terms that won’t leave you in the dark.

A Loft-Type Bachelor Pad Found Inside a Family Home

The owner worked with interior designer Erika Uichanco to transform an ordinary bedroom into a remarkable, condo-like personal space

This Hostel in Makati Has Calming Bedrooms Perfect for Staycations

The bonus? You get design ideas for the different rooms in your house, too!

Lazada Plans to Launch an Online Grocery This Year

Shopping for the home will be easier as the e-commerce startup aims to build cold storage hubs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

What Kind of Furniture Do Millennials Look For?

Are they all about aesthetics or do they care about functionality, too?

14 Baguio And Ilocos Destinations To Visit On a Summer Weekend

The beginning of summer vacation is the perfect time to head up north! Here are fun and easy places to visit and shop at.

Beautiful And Functional Ways To Decorate A Bi-Level Home

Maximize every nook and cranny of your humble abode with these ideas

These Captivating Facades Will Make You Stop and Stare

Modern, charming, and minimalist—these homes sure know how to catch your attention

These Millennials Restore Heritage Sites In Intramuros And Bohol

This amazing foundation teaches construction and restoration skills to the youth, who in turn help protect Philippine heritage sites

A Young Artist And Architect Create This Cool Paint Booth

Artist Kris Abrigo teams up with architect Lando Cusi to create a Worldbex paint booth that breaks from the usual exhibit mold

Here's How You Can Use Mirrors To Make Your Space Look Bigger

Practice this tried-and-tested tip with these reminders

These Houseplants Can Help Clean Indoor Air

Keep your home safe while relishing the feeling of being outdoors
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!