Because of modern Painting Technology, there is a paint for every type of surface. In almost all cases, professional painters will pick a flat acrylic paint for the ceiling, a semi-gloss or gloss acrylic for the woodwork and a low-sheen acrylic for the walls.

Water-based acrylic paints have more advantages over their oil-based enamel counterparts. With water-based acrylic paints, when you are painting, you can easily remove drips and splashes with a simple wipe over with a damp cloth, and When you are finished, paintbrushes can be cleaned up in water. In contrast with enamel paints, acrylic paints usually emit almost no vapors or fumes when applied, they cost less and they usually dry faster.

However, oil-based enamel paints can offer superior durability and they are often favored for very high quality work. Still, for a DIY paint job, it is hard to go past the acrylics. Some types of paint are outlined below and they can be either acrylic or oil-based.

Flawless flat (matt) finishes

Flat paint provides a soft, glare-free finish and it tends to hide minor surface irregularities. It is easy to apply and is also the best choice for walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas.


Satin finish (low-sheen) paint combines the soft finish of flat paint with the washability of semi-gloss and It is good for walls in high-traffic areas that you may need to wipe clean regularly.

Super-tough semi-gloss

This is a little less easy to apply than the previously mentioned products, but it provides a highly washable surface. It is usually used on windowsills, doors and trim, and also in kitchens and bathrooms, where moisture resistance and washability are important.

High-quality high-gloss

High-gloss paints are highly reflective, meaning it will highlight any flaw and defect in the surface you are painting it on; if you are going to use a high-gloss paint, you will need to be meticulous about surface preparation. Also, you will need to take great care in how you apply the paint so that you don’t end up with an uneven surface with runs. The advantage of high-gloss is that it is resistance to grease and moisture, making it very easy to keep clean.

Special effects

There are many specialised paints on the market designed for particular jobs. There are textured coatings which are useful for covering up uneven walls and ceilings, however, bear in mind that they are very difficult to remove.