Distemper paint is an old water-based paint. It is an early form of whitewash. It is of course better than whitewash but inferior to oil paints and emulsion paints. It is made of water, chalk, pigments, and an animal glue or resins. It also proves to be ideal for temporary interior paint works. It gives an elegant, smooth, attractive and slightly uneven look.
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- Distemper paints are decorative paint and are easy to apply. If you are planning to paint your house on your own, then follow the “DIY” instructions on the manufacturer’s brochures. you do not need of skilled labours for application.
- Distemper paints are not ready to use. You have to add thinner (water) before the application. If you don’t add thinner in the paint, there are chances of appearing various defects on finished paint walls.
Distemper paints can be applied with using a paint brush, a roller and also you can use a spray. But before you use it, you have to read first manufacturer’s brochures as various manufacturer’s recommends different method of application.
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Properties of Distemper Paint:
01. Distemper is perfect finish in a building where there are moisture related problems. It is mostly applied only on wall and ceiling surface. It has the ability to breathe, allows underlying moisture to escape to the surface and away from the masonry unlike oil paints. It is one of the best paint which sets well on the new freshly traditional plastered wall. Other paints like an oil-based paint can react with the high lime content of traditional plaster. It causes the paint to go ‘gluggy’ and ‘saponify’, which results in a soapy mess.
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02. Distempered walls scuff and scratch easily and it is not washable. It can be wiped using wet rags although, spot cleaning leave smears and streaks. Therefore, it is not recommended for high traffic areas and mostly used where appearance is not more important. The life of distemper paint is 3 to 5 years. It is not flexible and also not waterproof paint.
03. Distemper paints give eye soothing matt finish. It has low VOC content. The coverage of distemper paint is 4.5 to 5 Sqmt/liter approximately for two coats. It also depends on factors such as method and condition of application and surface roughness and porosity.
04. They are less expensive than others paint and are available in low to medium cost range in the market. They are available 1000+ in shades in 1 Kg, 2 Kg, 5 kg, 10 Kg, 20 Kg packs.
05. Distemper paints are available in different brands in the market. Some are listed below.
- Most of the manufacturers make 2 to 3 categories of interior or exterior paints under different “trade name” or “brand name”. This is again the function of price. Though all brands are technically same and recommended for interior areas, then why are there 2 or 3 different brands with different prices. In our opinion, there is minor variation in material chemistry, which alters its prices. Than how does it affect its quality. In our opinion one with low grade or lower price have less life (i.e you will have to repaint early), may take time in drying, and are not easily washable as compared to lower grade.
- There are various products available for interior surface in different ranges and under different brands. Some of the typical products of few companies are listed below.
|02.||Berger Paints||Bison Acrylic Distemper||Interior||High|
|Jadoo Acrylic Distemper Paint||Interior||Low|
|04.||Kansai Narolac Paints||Narolac beauty premium acrylic distemper||Interior||High|
|05.||Jenson & Nicholson Paints||Premium Acrylic Wall Coating||Interior||High|
|Jensolin acrylic distemper||Interior||Low|
|06.||Shalimar Paints||Premium Acrylic Distemper||Interior||High|
|Mela Acrylic Distemper||Interior||Low|