Types of Paint- Everything You Need to Know

Paint products have evolved with time to cater to different clientele with diverse needs. We not only have a wide array of colors to choose from but can also get different textures and finishes.

So what should you look out for when you want to ensure you get the right kind of paint that will suit your needs? We’ve explained the basics below.

Water based vs Oil Based Paint

ln general, the different types of paint are split into two categories: water-based and oil-based. As the name suggests, the classification is based on the type of solvent that is used to ‘thin’ the paint before application.

The majority of wall paints are water-based because they are easier to apply. They are also easy to clean up with water and are quick drying. They do not emit strong fumes, when compared to their counterparts, and are considered better for the environment.

Water-based paints perform brilliantly on exterior applications as they are much more resistant to UV rays. They also provide great color retention over time.

Oil-based paints can be used on almost all surfaces including on wood and metal surfaces. These are praised for their high durability and rich finish. You will need to be cautious though, as oil paint emits strong fumes that can be overwhelming, and the paint cannot be washed with water.

Gloss vs Matte


The sheen properties of the paint you choose will range between gloss and matte. These are opposite extremes on both ends of the sheen spectrum.

Gloss paints are highly reflective, a desired feature when you want to make a statement. They’re also the most durable and washable, so they can handle daily scrubbing. It is important to note that gloss paints will highlight any surface imperfections.

Semi-gloss paints are shiny and reflective but will show imperfections much less compared to the shinier counterparts.

Matte on the other hand offers great depth of color and helps to hide imperfections in walls and ceilings. It is however, very difficult to clean the painted surface.

Eggshell is a very popular paint finish that is slightly more lustrous than matte but will still cover imperfections. Satin has a velvety sheen that is easier to clean than matte and eggshell paints.


This range was developed specifically to protect buildings from the damaging effects of water. When a painted wall or object is continuously exposed to rain or water, you get a build-up of humidity. This then encourages algae and fungus to grow and the paint begins to peel off.

Water-resistant paints come with a water repellant property that does not allow water to get into the painted surface, increasing the longevity of the surface and reducing maintenance costs.

Anti-bacterial paint

This paint comes with an added anti-bacterial protection. It is especially useful in environments such as hospitals, food preparation facilities, nurseries, and schools where you want to prevent the spread of germs. It has high resistance to withstand the regular cleaning and scrubbing associated with such areas.

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