Different Types of Paint And Their Uses – Part 2 1

Different Types of Paint And Their Uses – Part 2

A world without color is a dreary world at best.

Before or after you read our blog, we highly encourage you to read our blog on VOCs and indoor air quality. The paint you choose will have a massive impact on your health and the members of your home. We highly recommend choosing Greenguard Gold certified paint, the ONLY type of paint that Total Restore uses, to increase your indoor air quality.


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Latex Paint

If you come across paint with the name latex, it’s probably referring to “acrylic latex”; this means instead of rubber, it contains a plastic resin made of acrylics or polyvinyl.


  • Dries quicker than oil-based paints
  • Great when trying to cover an already-painted surface.
  • Can be used on unprimed drywall or unpainted masonry
  • No harsh chemicals required when cleaning painting materials

Not only do harsh cleaning chemicals present health problems if inhaled or handled, they’re hazardous if not stored properly.


  • Rusts bare steel
  • Raises the grain when used on wood
  • Poor adhesion to high gloss finishes
  • Sometimes peels wallpaper from the wall
Enamel Paint

In a broad context, enamel paint means any solvent-based paint that dries to a hard, glass-like shell (solvent-based paint = oil-based paint).


  • Mar-resistant
  • Holds color well
  • Resistant to yellowing
  • Hard, shell-like surface
  • Adheres to a wide variety of surfaces


  • Heavy, unpleasant odor
  • Harsh chemicals required for cleaning
  • Requires expertise/attention when mixing

Enamel paint main application comes when adding finishing coats or touch-ups to appliances, casings/moldings/trims, and furniture. Use enamel paint for projects requiring a glassy/glossy finish or high durability.


This wraps up our blog series of the different types of paint and their uses. If scientists end up creating a different or new kind of paint, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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