What Type Of Paint Should I Use?

There are two general categories of paint for residential and industrial purposes.
What Type Of Paint Should I Use?

Solvent-based (or Oil-based) Paint

Solvent-based paints have higher levels of organic compounds than water-based paints. This is to create a smoother surface, easing the application process. However, the evaporation of these compounds releases Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), emitting a strong odor and have negatively impacts on the environment.
In the past, solvent-based paints practically ruled the paint industry. However, with stricter regulations and advancements in technology, most people are adopting the use of water-based paints, which are in many ways, equal or superior to their solvent-based counterparts.

Water-based (or Latex or Acrylic) Paint

Currently, water-based paints are used for most residential and industrial projects. In fact, 80% of the residential projects make use of water-based paints. Apart from having minimal odor, it is known for its fast-drying capabilities. When applied correctly, it can be just as durable as solvent-based paints.
Other than two main categorizations of paint, there are a few terminologies you need to know:


They are added in water-based or oil-based paints to make the surface harder and less porous. Upon addition, we name such products Enamel Paints. A tougher surface can thus endure high traffic volume and extreme weather conditions. Enamel Paints are usually used to refer to hard-surfaced paint with a high-gloss finishing.


They are added into water-based paint to form Epoxy Paint. They have better adhesion and durability than standard latex paint. They are, however, not the same as Epoxy Floor Coating.