What are the Different Types of Paint?

What Are The Different Types of Paint? 

There are a few different types of paint that are commonly used in modern buildings and renovation projects. This article will help you determine which type of paint is the best for you to use based on their unique qualities. 

Lead-Based Paint

Lead-based paint used to be commonly used in many buildings, but lead has since been proven to pose a health risk to humans and animals that come in contact with it. Children and babies are especially susceptible to the negative health effects related to lead exposure. When lead paint begins to chip away and deteriorate it can begin to mix with the dirt and soil around the house on the outside, the dust from the paint can become airborne inside of the house, and if it gets consumed by children or pregnant women it can have serious consequences. 

Homes built before the 1970s often contain lead paint, some even still to this day, which is why the owners of older homes may opt to remodel to remove the lead paint and modern renovators should avoid using lead paint always. 

Oil Based Paint 

Oil-based paints are highly effective for some home-improvements because of how durable and long-lasting they are. The paint is made up of natural or synthetic oils, or a blend of both. The downsides to oil-based paint are that it can take a long time to dry and the clean-up process is more difficult, often requiring the use of toxic paint thinners to remove unwanted paint. Oil-based paint is often used for the trim of the walls because these areas tend to need a more durable paint than the walls themselves. 

Latex Based Paint

Latex paint is considered the most popular modern option because it is very fast drying. It is an easy paint to work with and is a great choice for general painting projects in-home or office renovations such as for the walls and ceilings. It is important to use a latex primer for latex paints and an oil-based primer for oil-based paints and never try to combine a latex primer with an oil-based topcoat or vice versa for the best results. 

What Is The Difference Between Water Based Paint and Latex Paint?

Sometimes latex-based paint is referred to as water-based because the paint is made up of a blend of synthetic plastic and water. The pigments of the paint determine the color and the type of binder used will affect the finish, matte or varnished, and water is the carrier that mixes the bonder with the pigment and allows the paint to spread smoothly. 

Hampton Roads, VA Painting Company 

Carlton Building Services provides comprehensive building, construction, and renovation services to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia including Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, and Suffolk. When looking for a great renovator for office, residential, or healthcare spaces in this region look no further than Carlton Building Services for the most experienced and talented painters and renovation services. 

JP Carlton

J.P. Carlton

J.P. Carlton is the founder of Carlton Building Services, a Hampton Roads-based construction company.