Nonvolatile oils and resins, with thinners. (Alkyds are
synthetic, gelatinous resins compounded from acids and alcohol.)
Accept almost any type of coloring/hiding pigments. For
use on interior wood and metal.
Acrylic waterborne paints (latex)
Suspension of acrylic or polyvinyl resins in water, with
other resins, plus hiding and coloring pigments and extenders.
Dries by evaporation. Commercially produced acrylic or latex
enamels are also available in a complete range of gloss
levels which are produced with the addition of various acrylic
polymers. Use on interior plaster especially.
Modern alkyd paints are adjusted with the addition of synthetic
varnishes to produce a complete range of gloss levels.
Paints marketed for use on metals, can either be alkyd,
latex, or epoxy based, or combinations. The primers used
for metals are formulated with rustinhibiting ingredients.
Finishes such as urethane and epoxy-based paints, marketed
for very high gloss surface treatments.
Finally, decorative paint work in an historic interior —
whether simple or high style — is well worth preserving
or restoring, and when such fancy work is being undertaken,
traditional tools should always be used. To simplify by using
shortcut methods or rejecting painted decoration is indeed
to dismiss or skew history as well as to lose the enjoyment
of a true historic finish.