Differences of Gloss Paint and Non-Drip Paint (Thixotropic)

Nowadays, you can find so many types of paint which each of them is designed for different purpose. In fact, some giving different surface finishes while others are designed for particular applications. This makes learning types of paint becomes necessary as the correct type of paint will provide a more satisfying result. Moreover, understanding types of paint will make you easier in selecting the right paint applicant such as brush, airless spray, or paint roller.

Gloss Paint

If you choose to have gloss paints. You should know that it is oil-based which include resin that result in a hard wearing quality. There are many types of gloss paint. Some are still oil (solvent) based paints whilst water based gloss paints are now available.

  • Liquid gloss

This type of paint will require you an undercoat. On the other hand, it gives more traditional high gloss finish and is extremely hard wearing and resistant to dirt.

  • Satinwood

If you wish to have durable gloss paint, Satinwood will give a more subtle sheen than the conventional shiny gloss effect. However, it is not usually as hard wearing.

  • Eggshell

Eggshell is a paint that gives a beautiful result. In fact, many people usually use it for smaller pieces of decoration, like architrave and skirting.

  • Polyurethane gloss

To have a tougher result, you can use an oil-based paint with added polyurethane resin. It really provides a really hard wearing surface to withstand greater abrasion than standard gloss.

  • Silthane

Silthane is a good choice, if you want to give your wall extra protection. This paint can give a stronger surface than polyurethane as the silicon does. Especially during the drying period when paint is most vulnerable.

Non-Drip (Thixotropic)

Another type of paint is non-drip paint. This kind of paint is an alternative to ordinary gloss. It is a jelly-like consistency and is easier to use if not overloaded onto a brush and adequately ‘laid off’ on the surface. This has made non-drip paint is suitable for exterior wood work to ensure a good ‘weather resisting’ finish. Moreover, you may not require an undercoat, even though painting with undercoat will produce a better finish.

Furthermore, bear in mind, for not stirring the paint; this will cause the paint look lumpy and unworkable in the can. In fact, stirring the paint will only break down the consistency and ruin the finish. If you have stirred the paint, you may need to leave the can for a while until the paint become jelly-like again.


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