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The Confusion Between Latex & Enamel House Paints

With several ambiguous terms and vocabulary to describe both interior and exterior house paints, it’s no surprise that consumers often don’t understand what they are buying. 

Here, we are going to explain the difference between latex and enamel paints. The advertising label typically determines the contents within the paint. But is this the right approach?

The Misconception of Latex Paint

The most common misinterpretation is “latex paints.” Almost every interior and exterior water-based paint suggests that it is latex paint! But is there actually Latex in the product? 

There is no latex or rubber in most household paints! 

The word Latex is used only to describe the properties of the paint. Manufacturers use this paint verbiage to state that the paint is malleable simply. 

The elasticity of paint is exceptional for expansion joints and climate changes. Using the word Latex still doesn’t explain the contents within the paint.

 The Misconception of Enamel Paints

The same concept applies to the use of the term “enamel.” The term enamel is mostly used for interior house paints. The word “enamel” merely describes the hardness of the finish. Stating that paint is an enamel suggests the end result will be a hard finish. The drawback is enamels allow for very minimal expansion and contraction. 

The term enamel is used both with oil and waterborne products. Many paint companies use the term with higher-end products exclusively to suggest that your buying a quality product.

Do not purchase paint products without knowing exactly what your buying. Here is a previous blog that may help educate you on which raw materials to look for.

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