Paint Types & Quality – Should You Really Pay More?

For many people, choosing the paint for their home is a fun experience, for others it can feel like a chore.

Either way, by choosing a high-quality paint you will add character, vibe, and achieve the overall look that you desire.

Often, with experience, people become more creative in combining colours and types of paint to bring their vision to life.

After performing some research, you know that there are plenty of options out there with a wide range of prices. So, how to pick the best one?

In this article we will share our expertise to help you find the right paint for your home.

Types of Paint

The first question is what type of paint to buy? There are several options:

Water Based Paint

This is the most popular on the market.

It is easier to use than oil-based paint. It also releases lower levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than oil-based, making it less harmful to your health.

Water-based paint is also easy to wash and is fast-drying, which allows you to finish the work quicker.

Oil Based Paint

This is known for its durability and rich finish. It is highly recommended for more humid rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen.

Unlike water-based paint, oil-based paint takes longer to dry and emits a high-level of VOCs.

This paint is also hard to wash. As such, you will need turpentine or paint thinner (mineral spirits) to clean it up.

Latex Based Paint

This offers much-improved durability and moisture resistance.

It is easy to use and dries quicker than oil-based paint. It is also washable and stands up to moisture.

Types of Paint Finish

The type of paint finish is distinguished by its sheen. More sheen means more durability.

The level of sheen will also give you a distinctive look, texture, and style. As such, it will be best to apply a different finish for different objects in your home.

Keep in mind that the glossier the paint is, the more imperfections it reveals, whether that is on the wall or another surface.

Matte Finish

This is widely used for walls because it has the least reflective sheen, making your room look cosy and sleek. It also has great coverage that allows you to hide imperfections on your wall.

Eggshell Finish

As its name reveals, it has a matte (no-shine) finish with a little lustre. It offers improved durability and is suitable for demanding environments, such as the kitchen, dining room, and more.

Satin Finish

This one is slightly glossier than eggshell. It is easy to clean and great for high traffic areas, such as the living room and hallway. Its biggest drawback is it reveals application faults, such as roller or brush strokes.

Semi-Gloss and Gloss Finish

These are perfect for the most challenging rooms in the house, such as the bathroom and kitchen. It is durable and moisture-proof.

If you find gloss finish gives you too much sheen, then a semi-gloss finish is a good alternative.

Are Higher Quality Paints Worth the Extra Cost?

If you ask an expert, the answer to that question is always YES.

Paints are made up of solvent (water or alkyd), pigment, and resin.

  • Pigments are particles that give the paint its colour.
  • The solvent makes the paint easy to spread.
  • Resin holds the pigment, and together they create the “film” of the finished product.

The higher quality paint you buy, the higher quality ingredients it will contain.

Low Quality Paints

Lower quality paint contains larger particles of pigment and are diluted with more solvents. It results in a less even coverage and colour, forcing you to apply multiple coats to get the colour that you want.

Also, low-quality paint often drips and spreads unevenly, making the work more difficult and messier.

This can force you to spend more energy and time to paint your room and costs more money to buy additional tins of paint.

Higher Quality Paints

On the other hand, high quality paint contains a higher quality of resin, making it more durable.

How Much Will Your Project Cost?

To answer the question of how much it will cost to paint your home, we need to factor in many variables.

From the space needed to be painted, if it is interior and or just exterior painting, the types and quality of the paint, and if you need to hire any specialised equipment to complete the project. There are many factors to consider.

Often the easiest way is to seek professional advice. Plus you then can be confident that the right preparation and processes are being carried out to ensure the best results.

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