Residential Painting Boston MA: Understanding Different Types of Paints 

Paints are available in a large number of colors and finishes to enhance your interior. 

There are also many trends: from bright and warm colors to cooler and soothing shades through all shades of white… everything is possible and nothing is irreversible.

In this article, we share different types of paint, and some of the things to consider when choosing paint for residential painting in Boston MA. 

Common Types of Paint 

Glycerophthalic Paint

It is composed of an oil-based or resin-based binder and gives off a strong odor when applied. 

Glycerophthalic paint has good hiding power, better durability, and resistance to humidity. 

It is therefore washable (water and household products) and is ideal for rooms such as the bathroom or the kitchen. 

Disadvantages: the solvents it contains are known to be mildly toxic and its surface turns yellow in the absence of light.

Acrylic Paint

It is made from synthetic resin diluted in water, which evaporates after application. Acrylic paint is suitable for all rooms; it is odorless, dries quickly, and contains few solvents.

Some of them have an ecological label. 

Acrylic paint thus takes a predominant place but also has drawbacks: it is sometimes less resistant and cannot be washed with household products.

Natural or organic paints

Ecological paints are mainly composed of natural products: linseed oil, castor oil, rosemary or lavender for the binder; water, turpentine, or citrus esters for the solvent. The pigments are of vegetable or mineral nature. 

They have good covering power, good resistance, and allow the walls to breathe. Ecological paints do not contain heavy metals or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful to the environment. 

They are particularly recommended for children’s rooms. They have the disadvantages of longer drying time and are not very washable.

Matte, satin, or glossy paint?

Matte paint gives a flat and felted effect. It is not washable (only with a damp sponge) but has the advantage of concealing imperfections or surface irregularities. As such, matte paints are always preferred for the ceiling.

Satin paint gives a semi-gloss or velvety appearance. These paints are washable and more resistant; they adapt to all high-traffic rooms or even your bathroom.

The gloss paint is shinier, makes colors vibrant, and has a mirror effect when applied in the interiors.  

These paints are the most resistant and are washable (preferred in the kitchen, for example). 

Please note: the glossier the paint, the more the imperfections of the surface will be revealed; these paints require irreproachable surface preparation.

Paint Components

Paints are composed of binders (gums, oils, resins) which harden on contact with air and also of solvents, which make it possible to liquefy the binder. 

Finally, the pigments add color to the paint and additives make it possible to obtain different finishes (matt, satin, gloss, or lacquer) depending on their rate.

When choosing a paint type (oil, acrylic, or specific paint), the finish, the methods of application, and the possible combinations are key considerations.  

Beware of thinners that can be added to the paint, because the binder/thinner ratio is changed and, when you do your top coat, there is a risk of the thinned paint peeling off. So, rather than diluting too much to make the primer, get a ready-to-use primer paint for this use.

Choosing the right type of painting and painting your home can be overwhelming if you don’t have the skills, experience, and tools. 

At Total Pro Painters, we have years of experience in exterior and interior home painting and staining, currently serving Boston Massachusetts homeowners. 

If you would love to give us a try, call us today at (774) 509-0345 for a FREE estimate!

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