Latex Enamel Paint
Overview: If you
are confused about the different types of paints available on
the market today we can help you out. Paint options seem to
be unlimited from every color in the rainbow from water
based paint, latex paint, latex enamel paint, and oil based
For the DIY homeowner it can sometimes be hard
to choose the best type of paint after you have decided on
the color. The type of paint should be determined by where
you are using it for interior painting; kitchen, bathroom,
bedroom, den, basement, or exterior painting. A lot of
people still prefer the oil base exterior paints for all
the environmental concerns of “going green”, oil based
paints are out unless you are using them outside where the
weather is a factor. Latex enamel paint works just as well
as oil based paint in adverse weather environments. Oil
based paints are particularly messy to work with and clean
up. The beauty of latex paint is that it is easy to work
with and easy to clean up. And, latex paint is a non toxic
paint. Thinning latex paint and cleaning up is done with
plain tap water, rather than using petroleum based paint
basically a rubber, whether it is natural or man-made. The
rubber mixed in latex paint is the binding agent which when
dry, holds the paint together. Enamel paint is the term used
to describe any kind of paint that is hard and glossy once
it has dried. In
combination these two attributes become latex enamel paint.
It is the best of both worlds to the home owner painter. The
latex bonding in the paint means that the paint will dry
quicker, is easy to use, and lacks much of the odor
associated with oil based paint.
The enamel means that the
paint will be hard when it dries and can be scrubbed clean.
It is available in semi gloss, satin, and flat finishes.
Latex enamel is the best paint to use in your home interior
and in most cases the exterior. Most paint stores have a
huge variety of latex enamel paints to choose from and a
larger number of colors. The amount of gloss or sheen in the
enamel can be altered to fit the decor of any room, so you
can have a shiny, acrylic look in a kitchen and a dull sheen
in a bedroom with darker colors.
Latex paint is usually several dollars per gallon
cheaper than oil based paint, and is easily cleaned up with
just water. You can thin it, when necessary, with plain
water, and you can wash your brushes and hands under an
outdoor faucet or even in the kitchen sink. It dries
quickly, so it doesn’t make a big mess.
Most latex paints
dry within an hour. Because it has quick-drying
characteristics, spills must be cleaned up before they dry.
Paint brushes tend to clog up quickly and need to be clean
periodically as you paint. T
he best part is that spills and
paint brushes can be cleaned up with plain water. After
debating what paint to use, an oil based paint or a latex
paint, I recommend staying with the latex paints, especially
the latex enamel if you want a durable hard finish that can
be scrubbed without taking the paint off the surface.
Exterior House Painting Preparation
Exterior House Paint
Pressure Washing the House