What are the properties of emulsion paints?

The word "dispersion" is derived from the Latin "dispersio", which means something like "dispersion" or "distribution". An emulsion paint consists of finely divided particles in water, it has a viscous consistency. In this sense, most of the liquid paints can be classified as dispersions, but in colloquial language we mean the commercially available wall paint that can be found in hardware stores everywhere. What qualities does it bring with it?

A closer look: the emulsion paint under the microscope

Each color contains binders, solvents and dyes; bright white colors often contain the pigment titanium white. The modern wall paints are synthetic resin dispersion paints, the most common binder is acrylic.

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In addition, additives are usually added to the emulsion paints, for example emulsifiers or fillers. Instead of synthetic or mineral oil-containing substances, natural emulsion paints mainly contain vegetable oils and are therefore more environmentally friendly.

The properties of a color are of course derived from its ingredients, and this is also the case with modern wall paint. Let's take a look at the characteristics of our emulsion paints!

These properties are inherent in emulsion paint

Due to their different composition, not all emulsion paints have exactly the same properties, but the paints are largely similar. Here are the most important facts:

  • thick coat
  • Mostly good opacity
  • fast drying
  • odor
  • with good abrasion resistance washable
  • coatable
  • suitable for numerous surfaces
  • in wet condition water-soluble
  • dries water resistant
  • with tint colors can be changed in color
  • Special dispersion colors available for the outside
  • Workable at over 5 degrees

This enumeration quickly becomes clear how versatile and practically the so-called dispersion colors are. Indoor spaces are rarely chosen other colors, even outdoors these wall colors are very clear favorites.

When purchasing, make sure that your color has a high abrasion resistance and opacity, because that's not always the case with cheap colors. Little abrasion-resistant colors dye and can only be mispraced, poorly covering paints require multilayer work.

Tips & Tricks Dispersion and tinting paints are also ideal for artistic design: You can use them to paint on canvas and paper, but also to cover garage doors with individual motifs. Particularly practical: They are comparatively cheap and have a very long shelf life.