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Stenciling With Latex Paints
Paints Part 2: Stenciling
with Latex paints
One of the most common interior house paint products on the market today
is latex paint. Latex is a paint binder derived from rubber.
Although the term "Latex is used to describe this type of paint most
brands do not actually contain latex. Instead they contain plastic resins
made from acrylics or polyvinyl's. because of this they are often labeled
as "acrylic latex".
Most latex paint are formulated for interior usage. High quality water
based paints for exterior use contain 100% acrylic binders much like acrylic
paint . Latex house paints can be used for stenciling your interior
walls. So long as your walls already are painted with a water based emulsion
The best interior house paints have a high enough amount of acrylic binders
and pigments present to give good coverage. Cheap paints contain less
binders and are lower in quality than expensive paints. Generally speaking
better quality paints contain more acrylic binders and pure pigments.
A possible disadvantage to using latex paint for a small stencil job
is that its not always easy to purchase small enough amounts and the paint
needs to have the pigments mixed in by the paint retailer.
of Latex Emulsion Paints
Generally speaking, better quality paints contain more acrylic binders
and pure pigments
Wears well in both interior and exterior use.
Easily cleaned up simply with soapy water.
Non-toxic and little or no odor.
Works on surfaces previously painted with latex or flat oil base paints
Small quantities hard to get.
Range of colors not readily available of the shelf ( have to be mixed).
Poor quality latex not have enough pigments and covering capacity.
Cand be a little too runny and so increadsing the risk of bleeding behind
Does not adhere well to high-gloss finishes.
Latex spray Paints Water based paints are also available in spray cans.
This is good news for stencils artists and decorators. Spraying paint
through a stencil can make work go not only quicker but the effect is
smoother and more consistent.
With spray painting the problem arises of over spray getting over the
outer edges of the stencil. Care should be taken to mask your spray area
adequately, and if you do get a bit of paint where its dost belong you
can easily clean it of with a damp cloth before it dries.You can use a
latex spray just like you would any latex paint. There is an added advantage
with latex spray. Since the resins and pigments in the spray formulation
are not as water-intensive, you can spray over metal, unprimed wood and
Latex spray also has better color opacity than alkyd paints (enamel paints),It
is non toxic and quite safe to use indoors. Always take care to wear a
suitable mask when using sprays indoors and make sure the area is well
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