Depending on the sphere of application, latex paint can be used:
- for interior works;
- for exterior works (speaking the truth about acrylic latex, it doesn't fade under the sunlight);
The paint for exterior works can be used for interior and exterior finishing works, but if you have the paint for interior works, it is intended only for use inside the premises as they are not light-resistant.
Latex paint can differ according to the gloss degree:
- matt (dead-matt, matt, satin) - it partially hides small defects of the wall;
- glossy (semigloss, gloss, high gloss) - it's better to apply on a smooth and flat surface without scratches and pits.
Most of the manufacturers of latex paint can point such options on the label, as:
The difference in gloss degree is determined by the quantity of polymer and size of fraction, which is contained in the paint product: the bigger fraction the matter is the coating and vice versa - small grains provide the surface with a more vivid gloss.
All the abovementioned options have their advantages. Matt paint partially hides small defects on the surface. Unfortunately, it draws to visual reduction to the space and problems with washing.
Glossy product, contrariwise, allows visual enlarging of the premise. It is more difficult to make it dirty and it is more resistant to dry and wet cleaning.
If you need something balanced between the abovementioned options, you may choose satin or semigloss paint. The choice of the degree of gloss depends on the desired result and design decision.