Water-based paints are a popular choice for many reasons. They have reduced odour, fumes and VOC levels. As well as that, they are quick drying, can be easily cleaned up with water and are resistant to cracking.
Oil-based paints are more durable but they take longer to dry. Cleaning up requires turpentine or paint thinner. Additionally, oil-based paint tends to have a smoother, glossier finish but is more prone to cracking.
Do I need a primer?
New surfaces need an appropriate primer before applying a topcoat. If you’re re-painting an area, then it’s recommended you apply a primer first. Ordinary paint may not stick to smooth or gloss surfaces without a specifically formulated adhesion promoting primer.
Dulux’s PRECISION Maximum Strength Adhesion Primer has been formulated to bond to a variety of ‘tough to paint’ surfaces which typically resist coatings.
It’s suitable for use under water and oil based topcoats on interior and exterior surfaces including glazed tiles, glass, laminate, uPVC, glossy enamels, aged enamels, fibreglass, galvanized steel, glazed brick, chalky paints, masonry & metals.
Sanding of the primer is recommended prior to top coating with oil based enamel paints.
Matte or flat - Smooth and velvety, a flat or matte finish soaks up light rather than reflecting it. This makes it the perfect choice for hiding imperfections. However, matte paint can be difficult to clean.
Low sheen - As the name suggests, low sheen is a no shine finish similar to that of an eggshell. The easy-to-clean paint is considered durable and is often used in high traffic rooms like the kitchen or bathroom.
Satin - Glossier than eggshell, satin is often described as velvety and is also easy to clean. It does have a tendency to reveal brush strokes, though. A satin finish is a good choice in areas where the walls might need to be cleaned frequently.
Gloss and semi-gloss paint - High gloss and semi-gloss finishes are the shiniest and most reflective. They’re also the most durable and easiest to clean. High gloss reflects the most amount of light and is often used on doors and trims. The same can be said of semi-gloss, however, the finish is a little less shiny. This type of finish is often used in the bathroom and on kitchen walls.