Vinyl paint is a water-based paint containing vinyl plastic that is designed to stick to surfaces such as siding, floors, plastics and seat covers. The vinyl paint soaks into the surface of the material, becoming part of the original surface. Most vinyl paint is opaque and does not easily come off the surface. However, some surfaces resist the application of vinyl paint. There are many different formulas for vinyl paint, all designed for specific tasks.

Types

There are many different types of vinyl paint. Vinyl paint that comes in gallon drums like traditional house paint is generally used to paint over vinyl covers and soft plastics. It is thin enough to soak into the vinyl, causing it to become part of the original surface. The paint is hard to remove once applied. Vinyl spray paint has a similar purpose. Vinyl siding paint and exterior paint are designed to provide a waterproof coating for the siding and outside of a building that will be flexible and resist chipping. Vinyl paint also comes in small tubes used in paintings and other art projects.

Function

There are several different purposes for vinyl paint. Each purpose depends on the formula being used. The gallon drum vinyl paint is usually used to paint the inside of a house and large surface areas such as floors. Spray vinyl paint is often used on furniture, awnings and small pieces of siding. The exterior vinyl paint is designed to withstand the heat and weather of outdoors, and is used to paint outside buildings. Vinyl art paint is used to create a unique and stylized look in paintings.

Uses

There are many uses for vinyl paint. Many old vinyl surfaces are ugly and outdated. Vinyl paint can restore these old vinyl coverings and provide them with a more modern look. Old vinyl floors can be painted rather than having to be replaced. Vinyl paint also provides a level of coverage that not many other paint formulas achieve. Because the vinyl paint soaks into the surface, it is much harder to chip or tear away.

Benefits

One of the main benefits of using vinyl paint rather than another formula of paint is that vinyl paint offers great coverage. While other paints require two or even three coats, one coat of vinyl paint is almost always as much as you need to apply. Because vinyl paint is flexible, it lasts longer on well-used areas. Even old vinyl seats that have been recovered with vinyl paint will remain painted after extended use.

Warning

There are drawbacks to using vinyl paint. When painting a vinyl floor, it is important to test a section before painting the whole surface. Sometimes the paint does not stick to the floor the way it should. Vinyl paint can also be difficult when trying to re-paint with a different kind of paint. The vinyl paint must be completely removed before applying another kind of paint. Vinyl paint can also be bad for the environment if left lying around, or if it gets on the ground.