The four main types of paint are:
- Water-based (latex or acrylic) paint – this is the most common type of paint and is widely used for interior and exterior walls. Water-based paint is easy to clean up with water, dries quickly, and produces low levels of fumes and odor.
- Oil-based paint – this type of paint is more durable than water-based paint, making it a popular choice for high-traffic areas and surfaces that require frequent cleaning. Oil-based paint has a longer drying time and produces higher levels of fumes and odor, and requires mineral spirits for clean up.
- Enamel paint – this is a hard, glossy, and durable type of paint that is used for high-traffic surfaces, such as doors, trim, and furniture. Enamel paint is usually oil-based and requires longer drying time and more care in application than other types of paint.
- Epoxy paint – this is a tough, long-lasting paint that is commonly used for floors, garages, and other heavy-duty surfaces. Epoxy paint is highly resistant to chemicals and can withstand heavy foot traffic. Epoxy paint is typically a two-part system that requires mixing before application.