What Types of Paint Are Best for Different Home Painting Projects?

If you are not in the painting industry, you may not realize that there are many different types of paint that can be used for house painting projects. If you’re looking to upgrade the look of your space, you must choose the right paint for your house painting project. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of paints and where they are used best.

Acrylic Paint

Acrylics are one of the most popular house painting paints. According to Grand View Research, about 42% of the paint in the United States coating and paint market is acrylic. Acrylic paint has three main components. Pigment (color), solvent, and water. Acrylic paint can be applied to most surfaces. It typically requires that the surface is primed to ensure complete coverage. It is used on walls, trim, and exteriors.

Oil-Based Enamel Paint

Oil-based enamel paints are similar to acrylic paints but they dry to a harder coating. They are not normally used for painting interior walls. They are used for painting cabinetry, trim, doors, and other high-touch surfaces. Oil-based enamel paints are more durable than acrylic paints. These types of paints take longer to dry. Sometimes, the cure period can be a few days. While oil-based enamel paints may look pretty, they’re not always the most ideal option for redoing your home.

Latex Paints

Contrary to popular belief, latex paints do not have any latex in them. They are very much like acrylic paint but offer more flexibility. This type of paint is less expensive than acrylic paint. It delivers good coverage, dries quickly, and uses many different surfaces. Latex paint is not used on rough surface areas like stucco or patterned walls. Acrylic is best for those areas.


All three of the most common types of house painting paints come in different finishes. You will need to choose from “high gloss” (a shiny finish), “semi-gloss”(a lower luster finish than high gloss yet still glossy) “satin” (a sheen finish), “eggshell” (an almost flat finish) or “flat”(a no sheen finish). When choosing paint for your house painting project, there is a lot to consider. That’s where we come in!

The best way to ensure you are using the right paint for your house painting is to work with a professional painting service that can provide guidance and do the best job possible. Learn more about house painting options today from our team at Sucro Painting. Call today! We can’t wait to hear from you.