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Distinctive Paint Types

By Tony Vizard

In this day and age there are so many different paints to choose from that anybody that only slightly know what to choose can walk away with a headache.

Paint can be divided into two distinct categories: water based or oil based.

Stains and also varnishes also fall in these same categories.

Oil based paints have a gloss, semi gloss, or matte finish.

On of the advantages of these oil paints is that makes a good cleaning surface.

Oil paint is good to use on doors, windows, or anywhere that needs a protection finish.

You can use oil based paint on wall and ceiling if you require a tough washable surface.

Always remember that if you paint over wall paper it will make it a lot harder to remove in the long run.

Now talking a bit about water based paint. It is a low easier to paint with this type because all the tools you use are washable with water.

This type of paint is the most used for ceilings or walls. It is easy and fast to paint.

If you are painting any new surface it is best to use a primer.

This will help because it will prevent the paint from being absorbed.

Also by doing this it gives the paint something to stick to.

The primer or the under coat that you use should be from the same manufacture.

Also you can use a water based primer for an oil based top coat but it is not a great idea to use a oil based primer for a water based paint.

The number of coats the you will need depends on how porous the surface is, and the thickness of the paint you are applying.

The quality of paint also has a factor to the amount of paint you will need also.

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Vizard, Tony "Distinctive Paint Types." Distinctive Paint Types. 26 Aug. 2010. 8 Sep 2014 <>.

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