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Different Types of Paint Used in Industrial & Construction

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

Paint can be defined as a liquid which consists of pigments, resins, solvents, and additives that can be applied on various surfaces for protection, decoration, and differentiate purpose.

Construction paint is applied for both interior and exterior. Besides, it normally will be applied on the surfaces of timber, metals and plastered surfaces to extend their usage life and to protect the surfaces from many dangers such as rain, solar radiation, corrosion, chemical damage, and so on by coating them with paints.

For different conditions and materials, different types of paints should be used. Here are some types of paints and their characteristics:

1. Aluminum Paint

  • Appearance - A metallic finish which gives a glossy finish

  • Highly durable - Due to its durability, it is suitable for use as a protective coating for the exterior of storage tanks, roofs, water pipes, and even in marine conditions.

  • Good water resistance, high corrosion resistance, and electrical resistance

  • Good heat - It can withstand temperatures up to 150 degree

  • Appropriate to use for industrial purposes such as the coating on industrial equipment, metals, and wood.

2. Anti-corrosive Paint

  • Good protective coatings for surfaces

  • Prevention from corroding in the corrosive and rusty environment.

  • Suitable to use on metal, concrete or cement surface

  • Made by linseed oil, zinc chromium, and fine sand.

3. Bituminous paint

  • Weatherproof, corrosion-resistance and adhesive

  • Used as a protective coating for building and structure

  • It can be applied to both ferrous and non-ferrous metal as well as concrete and wood.

  • Quick-drying, usually take two to four hours to dry, the painted surface will become a thin black film after drying

  • Long-lasting

  • Odor free

4. Cement paint

  • Suitable for interior and exterior such as brick and concrete.

  • Water resistance and reduce the dust collection on the surface

  • It is usually coated with twice or more to enhance the effect of dampness prevention.

5. Emulsion paint

  • It consists of tiny polymer particles in which the pigments are trapped

  • Water-based paint with various non-volatile substances (such as Alkyd or Aryclic resins) as the binder

  • Water can be used as a solvent

  • Use Alkyd resins, Acrylic Resin, Epoxy as adhesive.

  • It can be applied to both internal and external such as metal, wood, wall, ceiling, glass, and concrete surfaces.

  • Waterproof and durable. It will not fade or crack over time or even temperature factors.

  • Quick-drying

6. Enamel paint

  • Durable and stain-resistant paint

  • Usually applied on the external surface

  • Waterproofing and often exposed to volatile temperatures

  • Three types of enamel paint are oil-based, water-based, or hybrid.

(i) Water-based: Quick-drying (less than 8 hours), poor durability, can be washed up by water. It is suitable to apply on metal, wood, glass, or plastic surface.

(ii) Oil-based: Slow drying (basically take 8 to 24 hours), strong odor, smooth and durable

(iii) Hybrid: Dry faster than oil-based, but slower than water-based, more durable and good finish

7. Oil paint

  • Composed of pigment particles suspended in a drying oil (usually linseed oil)

  • No solvent is needed, however, it needs to use turpentine, naphtha, white powder as thinner to remove paint from the brush after painting.

  • Use linseed oil, Tung oil, poppy oil, nut oil as the binder.

  • Has a strong odor

  • Recommended for internal use which can be applied on metal, wood, and aluminum surface.

  • It is easy to turn yellow or even crack after some time.

  • It needs to take a long time to dry

  • Not waterproof

  • Made with toxic substances that might affect our eyes, cause lung, and skin irritations as well as headache and weakness.

8. Synthetic rubber paint

  • Rubber-based and made by dissolved synthetic resin.

  • Suitable for either new or existing concrete pools, plaster pools or over existing old rubber paint.

  • Good coverage

  • Durable surface and good acids resistance

  • Economical and affordable price


Different brands of paint have different qualities, and their price will be different as well. Here are some famous paint brands in Malaysia which include Dulux, Jotun, Kansai Paint, Nippon, and Seamaster.

If you would like to look for any kinds of paint, please do not hesitate to contact us at 011-7001 7687 now! Our paint specialists are ready to give you a professional service.

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