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Building 101: Different Kinds of Paint

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

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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

Primer

 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.

Enamel

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.

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