What Type of Paint Should I Use?

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Water-based or oil bases, gloss, satin or eggshell. There are many different types of paints, each with their own properties. The type of paint you should use will depend on the surface you are painting and the type of finish you want.

In our latest post, we take a look at the types of paints available and their properties.

Oil-based and water-based Paints

In the past, until 2010, oil-based paints were by far the most popular. 9 years ago, however, paint manufacturers were required to lower the amount of solvent in the paint and this led to yellowing of the paint, ruining the desired finish. The issue of yellowing was solved by 2012, but was met with stiff competition from water-based paints which had risen in popularity.

Today, both water and oil-based paints have great coverage, but some find that oil-based paints provide a smoother finish. On the other hand, there is hardly any paint smell with water-based paints and most options are eco-friendly with quick drying times.


Gloss is one of the most durable types of paint and was made to last. Consequently, gloss is best used on doors and frames, skirting boards, bannisters, wooden window frames and more.

Gloss paints are 100% sheen and may highlight imperfections in wood if the surface is not prepared sufficiently. A primer and undercoat will need to be used with gloss to ensure the paint does not simply get soaked into the wood.


Although satinwood paint is self-undercoating, it is often still advised to use a separate primer when painting directly onto bare wood. Satinwood paint is 50% sheen and is very popular for interior woodwork.

Satinwood paints come in both water and oil-based finishes. Whilst both are popular, water-based satinwood can leave more visible brush marks, so you will need to be mindful and purchase a very soft-bristled brush.

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