You have many options to choose from when painting your drywall, and which product you select is based on your style and personal preference. Interior paints can be water-based latex, oil-based, and alkyd. In this article we’ll discuss the properties and uses of latex paint.
What is latex? Latex paints consist of pigments, binders, liquids, and additives. It developed the classification of “latex” from the plastic-like material that binds the paint together. This artificial product is made to duplicate the natural latex found in rubber trees. Latex can also be called emulsion. Despite sharing the same name, the latex in paint is a completely different product than what is used in latex gloves and attributed to causing various allergies.
Why are latex products used more often than oil-based? Latex paints are water-based and are easier to use than oil-based products. They have fewer odors and can be cleaned with water instead of paint thinner. This makes the painting process far more enjoyable in that brushes and spills are cleaned so much easier. In comparison, oil-based products are difficult to clean and can only be removed with heavy scraping and paint thinner. Oil products can be more durable, but latex paints have an outstanding lifespan as well.
How do you choose the right latex sheen? Latex paints come in different levels of sheen. Flat has the lowest shine to it, works well in family rooms, bedrooms, and general living areas, but is harder to wipe clean than some of the shinier materials. Semi-gloss, satins, and high-gloss finishes are all used in bathrooms, utility rooms, and kitchens because their glossy sheen makes them easy to clean and brighter. There are also no-VOC latex enamels for those concerned about toxins. One such product is the Harmony Interior Latex paint from Sherwin Williams Paints. You’ll notice that it has the GreenSure label certifying its eco-friendly qualities.
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