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Matt Emulsion vs. Vinyl Silk Emulsion


What is matt emulsion?

Matt emulsion is water-based and is used for a non reflective finish with no gloss or shine and is frequently used on interior walls. Matt means it is not shiny, compared to eggshell and gloss, when a paint has less shine, it throws less light around the surface. Though Matt Emulsion is good for hiding imperfections it does not tend to be the best paint in terms of maintenance. In saying that there are newer wipe-clean matt products that you can buy nowadays

When to use matt emulsion?

Matt emulsion is suitable for ceilings and walls, including plasterboard, fibre insulating board,hardboard, brick, cement rendering, stucco, foamed polystyrene and most (but not all) wallpaper. Matt is best for ceilings and areas of low contact. It is mainly used on new houses to provide a clean looking blank canvas, it contains vinyl resins, giving a tougher finish that is also washable. It has advantages in terms of drying time, as it is touch dry in about 2 hours. Further coats may be applied after about 4 hours.

What is vinyl silk emulsion?

Vinyl Silk Emulsion is a type of paint composed of pigments ground up in a varnish medium and durable finish. Vinyl silk paints are generally low-odour and has a slower drying time. But they do have the added advantage of being able to clean your brushes in water.

When to use vinyl silk emulsion?

Vinyl Silk Emulsions provide shiny finishes, which means they look like a slightly polished surface and reflect a bit of light. A silk finish is perfect for walls as you can wipe silk wall finishes easily which makes them very practical. However if you have less-than-perfect walls, all the lumps and bumps may show up a bit more.  Vinyl silk is the most durable of these three emulsion paints. It's a good choice in rooms that are prone to moisture such as condensation or rooms of high traffic eg. hallways, staircases or children’s bedrooms. But if you still need help, why not contact us at The Paint Shed for more information on this and our many other products.

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