What Kind Of Paint Should I Use?

Different Paint Yields Different Results

Paint is generally categorized into 2 main types: water-based latex paints and solvent-based or oil-based paints. Their difference lies in the composition of their liquid content. The liquid portion of water-based paint is, of course, mostly water. For oil-based paint, its liquid component consists of petroleum distillates and other organic solvents. 

Differing Paint Types

Which paint is right for your project?  Let J&J Construction, your general contractor in Billings, Montana, show you the differences!


Advantages of water-based paint

Easy application. It goes on smoothly and dries faster so you can apply a second coat without having to wait for hours (maximum is 6 hours).

Easy cleanup. It can easily be cleaned with soap and water.

More environment-friendly. Considered a low VOC material, it emits minimal amounts of toxic substances and is virtually odorless.

Highly durable. It can retain its color and resist chalk formation better so it is able to look as good as new for several years.

Strong. Due to its flexible, elastic finish, it has better resistance to cracking or chipping, and does not easily become brittle.

Versatile. Can be used for painting exterior faces like wood, stucco, concrete, brick, aluminum or other galvanized metal, and vinyl.


Advantages of oil-based paints

Attractive gloss. Generally provides a shinier finished look.

Durable finish. Dries harder for a more durable finish.

Excellent adhesion properties. Grips tightly on the surface being painted and is particularly useful for areas with heavy chalk formation.


Differing Types of Paint Finishes

When choosing paint, always remember that the shinier it is, the more durable it will be. This simple rule can help simplify your decision when it comes to choosing what paint finish to use for whatever part of your home.


High Gloss Paint

Painter in BillingsSuper-shiny and light-reflecting, high gloss paint is the shiniest of paints, and is therefore the most durable. Accordingly, it is ideal for those areas that are most frequently touched, like doors, trims, molding, cabinets, and other woodworks. Because of its light-reflecting capability, though, it is not a good idea to use high-gloss paint on walls, unless glare doesn’t bother you.

Semi-Gloss Paint

Less shiny than high gloss paint, but almost as durable. It is easy to wash and clean, and is therefore ideal for high-traffic areas (like trims, stair rails, chair rails), as well as those that are exposed to grease, moisture, and drips (such as bathrooms and kitchens).


Frequently described as velvety, satin is also ideal for high traffic areas due to its durability and easy cleanup. It should be applied extra carefully, however, because it has the tendency to highlight flaws like uneven strokes or brush application. Satin paint can be used in foyers, hallways, family rooms, and kids’ bedrooms. Most walls are done with a satin sheen.


Less shiny than satin but shinier than flat, eggshell paint has a low-shine little-luster finish, similar with an eggshell, hence its name. Eggshell paint is easy to wash, is more stain-resistant, and good at hiding or covering imperfections on walls. It is generally ideal for living rooms, dining rooms, family rooms and hallways as well as ceilings.

Flat, Matte, or Velvet Flat

Made with the most amount of pigment, flat/matte paint absorbs and diffuses, rather than reflects light. This feature makes it easily able to cover up flaws and imperfections on walls. Because of its porous nature, though, it is the least stain-resistant and probably the most difficult to clean. This makes it ideal only for those rooms that are unlikely to get soiled, like adults’ bedrooms. It is also a good choice for ceilings and new drywalls. Most people tend to skip these sheens; they simply aren’t a practical choice.


J&J Construction Perfects Paint

Whether you are building new or remodeling, our painting crew will make sure that your house is painted to perfection. We know how to get the job done right, and how to get it done quickly. We have recommendations on paint, and we can take the stress out of your paint project.

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