Types of paint to color the wall

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During confinement many of us took the opportunity to do some changes at home. It is not a coincidence; During confinement, as well as on vacation, is when we have time to reflect on what works and what doesn’t work in our home on both a practical and aesthetic level. And if it is an aesthetic change that this or that room asks of us, painting becomes a great tool to achieve it.

Do you want to renew the decoration of the rooms? Changing the color of the walls or some of the furniture can help you transform the entire space. You should know, however, that they exist different types of paint with different characteristics that will make some adapt better than others to a specific surface.

When you get ready to buy paint you will see that doing it is not as easy as you could have imagined. You will have to narrow your search according to the type of paint and pay attention to characteristics such as coverage power, ease of cleaning and quality, if you want to make a good purchase. But let’s start at the beginning, to know the most popular types of wall paint:

Color palette

Plastic paint

It is among the types of paint the most used in interiors. Dries very fast, It hardly produces odors and it is very easy to apply. Most of the plastic paints are also washable; a dry one you can clean the surface with a damp cloth without damaging it. As if these characteristics weren’t enough, the color chart offered by this type of paint is infinite; If you start from a white plastic paint, you can create other colors using different dyes. Whatever color you imagine you can recreate it.

Plastic paints have three types of finish: glossy, satin and matte. The first is ideal for facades and exterior walls; the second, for rooms with shiny walls and intense colors; and the third for irregular walls and those that you want to hide certain damage.

Plastic paints

Within this type of paintings you can find two groups with their own characteristics: acrylic paints and vinyl paints. Acrylic plastic paints are more resistant, both indoors and outdoors, and have a greater waterproofing capacity. Vinyl, meanwhile, are easier to apply and offer greater versatility; allow to obtain high quality satin finishes with surprising decorative effects.

Synthetic enamels

Synthetic enamels are very strong paints, made up of solvent-based synthetic resins. its hardness and resistance to washing make it especially suitable for painting exterior walls or surfaces exposed to humidity and greater wear, such as kitchens or bathrooms. It is a paint that must be used with a previous base and that, like the previous one, has three finishes: glossy, satin and matte.

Although all might seem advantages, these paintings have two big “buts”. The first is its smell, much stronger than that of plastic paints. And the second and most important its relationship with the environment. They emit VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) to a greater or lesser extent so they are less respectful with the environment.

Wall painting

Acrylic enamels

Composed of acrylic resins, in addition to catalysts and pigments, acrylic enamels adhere to most substrates such as synthetic enamels, but unlike these they do not smell. dissolve with water and they are more ecological.

They are mainly used for artistic works although they can also be used to paint interior walls. Its high cost and an application not as comfortable as that of other options, however, make it less popular for such use. Even so, it can be found on the walls of certain shops, hotels or homes where better retention of intense colors and an extra touch of sophistication are sought.


Tempera paint is soluble in water and has cellulosic glues as a binder and as a pigment plaster or calcium sulfate. It is economical, permeable and easy to spread but it has poor adhesion on surfaces that have not been previously treated. Therefore, its use is not recommended on walls that suffer from humidity, since mold could form on the surface.

If appropriate, however, for use in plastered walls and ceilings plaster that is not exposed to much wear and tear. And it is in these where it is used, mainly, for the possibility it offers to create textured finishes.

Tempera paint and epoxy paint

Epoxy paint

The epoxy paint is made from high quality plastic resins. It is one of the strongest varieties of paint. It is resistant to humidity, extreme temperatures, friction and impacts. Characteristics that make it ideal for cover and protect some surfaces that require extra protection such as seabed, insulating materials or garage floors with a lot of traffic.

They also have a remarkable coverage and a finish similar to that of liquid porcelain. A feature that has caught the attention of many interior decorators and that has allowed these paintings reserved for very specific spaces to be seen in kitchens, playrooms or children’s spaces due to their ease of cleaning.

Are you now more clear about the functionality of each of the types of paint? Which one have you used to paint your walls?

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