Wash-resistant paints mean that we don’t have to refresh our walls so often, enjoying their neat appearance. What kind of stain-resistant paint should we buy and what should we pay attention to when applying it to the wall?
Stain-resistant latex paint – why is it the best?
Stains after spilled drinks, crayons, markers or hand prints on walls are well known to many parents of small children and not only. How to deal with such accidents? Latex (dispersion) paint applied on walls will help to remove unwanted dirt quickly. It is a product that is perfect for frequently used rooms, such as a hallway, living room, kitchen or a child’s kingdom. Latex paint is characterized by:
- high durability – allows you to keep the walls in great condition for many years, there is no need for frequent refreshing,
- excellent resistance to cleaning – despite repeated washing, the durable latex coating does not rub off or get shiny.
Classic acrylic paints, although they are very affordable and give a really aesthetic effect, are not as resistant to dirt as their latex competitors. Why? For the production of latex paints are used, among other things, rubber, it is this unique ingredient that makes them have a flexible structure, so they spread easily on the wall and are resistant to moisture, scratches and other damage (microcracks). They form a thin, “rubbery” coating and are available in a wide range of colors – we can easily find a shade that suits our taste
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An alternative to latex paints can be vinyl paints, which are also convenient in application and well tolerate light washing, but do not show good abrasion resistance
The abrasion resistance of a given paint can be verified by following the so-called PN-EN 13300 standard. Currently there are 5 classes of abrasion resistance:
- 1 – highest resistance,
- 2 – higher resistance
- 3 – average resistance
- 4 – lower resistance,
- 5 – poor resistance.
It is worth mentioning that only class 1 and 2 paints stand up very well to wet scrubbing (this includes most latex products). Class 3 paints tolerate dry abrasion decently, while class 4 and 5 products are completely devoid of this feature. Information about abrasion can be found on the paint package or directly on the manufacturer’s website (we can also ask the salesperson in the store)
Painting walls with stain-resistant latex paint – this you need to know!
Latex paint can be applied to the wall in three different ways, using
- roller – professionals recommend corded or short bristle rollers, from which the paint will not flow,
- brush – a brush with synthetic bristle, dedicated to apply all waterborne paints on the wall, works best,
- spraying – it is worth using an airless paint gun, which is suitable for painting various types of surfaces (optimal spraying angle is 50° and the pressure is 150-180 bar).
Remember that before applying latex paint, you need to properly prepare the surface, which will increase its adhesion to the wall. After opening the container with paint, mix the product thoroughly until it reaches a smooth, homogeneous consistency. Start painting from hard to reach places (around windows, behind radiators). Pay attention to apply the paint in vertical strips, one next to the other, so that they overlap (the so-called “wet-on-wet” principle) to avoid streaks
Remember that after the paint is dry you cannot make any corrections as they will be visible on the wall. If you are not experienced in painting walls, you can always use the help of experienced professionals (preferably recommended).
Walls painted with latex paint can be washed wet and dry many times and even scrubbed with a sponge without losing their aesthetic appearance. They are perfect for bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, children’s rooms, hallways and living rooms. These are the most durable products for painting walls!