Things to Consider when Buying Anti-Condensation Paint

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The use of anti-condensation paint is quickly gaining popularity among homeowners who are looking to reduce some of the moisture buildups in their homes. This paint is a great way to cover the walls of places like basements, garages, sheds, and entry areas. Many different manufacturers are starting to develop this anti-condensation paint with new technologies for better effect. If you are looking at buying some of this paint for your home, here are a few considerations to think about in the process.

Area of Use

Before you buy a few gallons of this paint you should know whether or not you will actually need it. This paint is used in reducing the amount of condensation that forms between a cold wall and a warm room. Typically, the anti-condensation paint is used in areas like basements, entry areas, and even in the bathroom. Think about the space where you will use it to decide if it is the right choice.

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Reduce, Not Eliminate

If you have a severe problem with moisture in your home, such as a wet basement in the spring, it is important to know that the anti-condensation paint will not eliminate water. This type of paint is for use in areas where there is a little bit of moisture that forms on the walls, instead of rivers flowing in a basement. Even in the event of moisture that forms on the walls, the anti-condensation paint will not eliminate it. It will reduce it for easier management, but will not completely stop it.

Textured or Flat

The newer anti-condensation paint is available with some textures mixed into the paint itself. These textures are to provide a good presentation on the wall, as well as offer an easier way to apply it. The textured paint is a little thicker than normal flat paint so it will not drip as it is brushed onto the wall.

Color of Paint

Since the anti-condensation paint does not actually absorb the condensation that forms on the wall, it is important to choose a color that will not show the water drips clearly. For example, white paint will be covered with water drops and trails that will keep the wall continuously dirty.

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Amount Needed

Anti-condensation paint is generally a little more expensive than normal interior paint. When you are looking to paint a room or a wall with this paint, you will want to determine how much you are going to need so there is not a lot left over. If you do have some left, use it on the wall as a second coat. Chances are, you will not use it again for some time, which will result in the paint getting too old to use.

6. Latex or Oil

For those who are allergic to the latex type paints, the oil-based is going to be better to work with. However, latex paint is going to give better anti-condensation properties than normal oil paint. It will form a little better protective barrier to the condensation.