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What Are The Different Types Of House Paint?

Are you planning to paint your house? You may be thinking about what type of house paint to use and how each type of paint differs from one another.

One of the most important steps to painting a house is selecting the right high quality paint for the project. It can be difficult to tell which types of house paint is best for the job, especially with so many options to choose from. Inside or outside, picking the right paint is about more than just choosing the perfect colour.

Each paint type has different advantages and disavantages, from the finish type, to the dry time. Each paint type can be more suitable in different situations. That is why it is critical to understand how each type of house paint differs from one another and when you should use each type of interior paints.

So, what are the different types of house paint? Read on to find out the perfect choice for your home.

Primer, Sealer and Undercoat

Before you even begin the painting process, it’s important to make sure any surface is properly prepared through a primer, sealer, or sometimes both. Sealers are generally used when a surface may be unsuitable for painting, such as rough concrete or gypsum plaster. A sealer will help prepare the surface for further painting.

A primer acts as a binding agent between the paint and the wall, and may not be necessary if you’ve already used a sealer. Primers can also help prevent the paint soaking into the surface. If you do not need a sealer, it is important to use a primer instead.

An undercoat is applied on top of a primer or sealer, although it’s usually not needed for a new surface. If you are repainting, however, an undercoat can help strengthen the primer or sealer.


The main difference between most paint types is the level of glossiness you want for the surface. High-gloss paint finishes will result in the shiniest surfaces, and are also durable, able to handle regular cleaning and scrubbing.

High-gloss paint are mainly used for doors, cabinets and trim, rather than walls. Although it’s possible to use a high-gloss paint for walls or ceilings, it’s usually not recommended due to how reflective the paint is.

This paint can also be used for outdoor work, as it’s highly water resistant. Always make sure that high-gloss paint is properly prepared and applied, as mistakes can be easily noticeable. It’s usually best to get a professional painter involved.


Semi-gloss paints are a great choice if you want something reflective, without the full strength of high-gloss. Both natural and artificial light will still bounce off a semi-gloss finish, much more so than it would with a flatter paint type.

When you use semi-gloss, your surfaces will be more stain resistant and easier to clean, plus they’ll look great. Semi-gloss paint is an excellent house paint for rooms where moisture or grease can end up on the walls, such as the kitchen or bathroom. This also makes it a great paint for children’s’ bedrooms and playrooms.

Satin and Eggshell

Satin and eggshell paints are the most common types of wall paint for interior work, slightly more reflective than a flat paint, but not overwhelming. In addition, satin has a somewhat higher glossiness than eggshell, perfect for rooms that see a lot of activity: family rooms, playrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.

Eggshell, due to being less glossy, can be slightly more difficult to clean, making it ideal for areas with less activity: hallways, living rooms and entryways. Eggshell is about as glossy as its namesake, and is more durable than flat paints, although not quite as much as paints with higher glossiness.


Flat paint (also known as matte paint) is the easiest paint type to apply, with the least amount of glossiness. To properly apply a flat paint, you’ll need fewer layers. This is particularly helpful for covering minor imperfections, including nail holes.

This type of paint is also the least durable option available, making it a poor choice for surfaces that will regularly need to be cleaned. Large dining rooms and ceilings are good surfaces for flat paints, since they’re unlikely to be touched often. When deciding whether to use flat paint, you have to consider whether it’s worth sacrificing greater coverage for durability.

Looking for a professional?

Feeling overwhelmed by the possibilities? The experts at Apollo Painters are here to help you out.

It’s easy to find the range of interior or exterior paints choices confusing, especially when deciding what’s best for your home. Thankfully, the professionals at Apollo Painters are here to help. If you need a team to get your painting job done right, trust us to take care of it.

We’re a family owned business that has been operating in the painting industry for over two decades. We prioritise customer satisfaction and pride ourselves on high-quality work. You can trust the experts at Apollo Painters for quality painting services in Melbourne.

For great advice on different types of house paint. Such as enamel paint, satin paint, oil based paints, water based paints. In addition, for friendly, expert painting services, get in contact with Apollo Painters. Call us on 0432 267 579, or use our simple online contact form.

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