Most of the people who want to paint their house bit confuse either to go for Distemper Paint or Emulsion Paint for house painting. Hence both paint and both have advantages and disadvantages. In this blog, we will be understanding the basic difference between Distemper Paints and Emulsion Paint and also try to throw some lights on the pros and cons of each and how to apply on walls as well.

Distemper Paint

The basic constituent of Distemper Paint is chalk, lime, and water. Distemper Paint is also known as cement paint. This is called so because such kind of paint can be applied directly on cement walls without any other coating on them without using the primer. They are a cheaper option and they stay good for more than 3 to 4 years. Distemper Paints are used for both interior and exterior walls by painters in Bangalore. They usually need two coatings. There are three types of Distemper Paint available in market Acrylic Distemper Paint, Synthetic Distemper Paint and UNO Acrylic Distemper Paint.

Distemper paint

Distemper paint


Acrylic Distemper Paint – With over 1000+ shades to choose from, Tractor Acrylic Distemper Paint offers a wide choice of water-based interior wall paints. It is acrylic Distemper Paint of the highest quality and gives the walls a delightful smooth matte finish. It gives unmatched durability and a smooth finish that has no equal in the Distemper Paint category, ensures shade retention for a long time, available in a unique range of 450 bright, attractive shades, a formulation with Acrylic copolymer binder gives an unparalleled performance, Its fast drying property facilitates quicker completion of painting work for house painters across Bangalore.

Synthetic Distemper Paint – Tractor Synthetic Distemper Paint is a water-based finish with exciting direct shade offerings that give your home a beautiful look for years to come. It has uniform matt film, which can be wiped with clean water, White can be tinted with apcolite universal strainer to obtain customized shades, The oil bound paint film becomes harder over a period of time, which gives better durability and makes it easy to wash.


UNO Acrylic Distemper Paint – Tractor Uno Acrylic Distemper Paint is water based acrylic Distemper Paint suitable for interior walls at a pocket-friendly price. This washable Distemper Paint will keep your walls as good as new for a long time and it is available in more than 950 different shades. Uno Acrylic Distemper Paint offers a smooth, matte finish. Your walls look like new for a longer time as the shades retain their brightness. It is available in a wide range of shades. Thus you can choose your favorite colours for your walls. You can clean your stains with a wet cloth.

Pros of Distemper Paint

  • Distemper Paints doesn’t need any primer quoting can be directly applied on cement surface without any preparations.
  • They are less expensive compared to other alternatives.
  • They stay long and up to three to five years.
  • They have a distinctive smell.
  • They don’t dry or crack in sunlight.

Cons of Distemper Paint

  • The quality will not be great while compared to other paints.
  • Distemper Paint peels off when wet.
  • It’s not fully washable.
  • Distemper Paint colour will fade time being quickly then Emulsion Paint.

The process of applying Distemper Paint on walls:

New Surface Preparation:

  • If you want to paint a newly plastered wall, allow it to cure completely. As manufacturer recommend to allow 28 days as curing time for new masonry. However, allow moisture to dry completely 3 to 6 month period desired depending upon local climate where there is a high humidity.
  • Remove the loose particles, dust, dirt, grease, wax, mortar dropping, etc. with the help of wire brush or putty knife.
  • Wiped off the whole surface with the help of the dry cloth.Distemper paint

Old Surface Preparation:

  • Remove the loose particles, dust, dirt, grease, wax, mortar dropping, and growth of fungus, algae, dampness, etc. with the help of wire brush or putty knife.
  • Rubbed the old surface thoroughly with sandpaper. Wash the whole surface and leave for drying.
  • Fill the holes and cracks (up to 3 mm) with the putty or gypsum and leave for hardening.
  • Sand the wall with the sandpaper to make a smooth surface and wipe off the dust with the dry cloth.Distemper paint

Emulsion Paint

Emulsion Paint typically consists of pigment, resin, solvent, and additives. Emulsion Paint is water based paint. As compared to oil-based paint, working with Emulsion Paint is far better. Many homeowners find it efficient and suitable for their home. There are many benefits of applying Emulsion Paint on walls like it’s easy to clean and maintain and it avoids the potent odors that come from the oil-based paints.Emulsion paint

Basically, the Emulsion Paint comes in three different types of finish

  • Vinyl soft sheen
  • Vinyl matte
  • Vinyl silk

Each and every type of Emulsion Paint finish has its own advantage. The matte Emulsion Paints helps in hiding the imperfection on the walls. Vinyl soft sheen Emulsion Paint helps in offering longer durability. It is among the list of highly durable material that is efficient in handling high moisture areas as compared to the other two. But when it comes to the glossiness, it tends to increase and grab the attention over the imperfection on the walls.

Pros of Emulsion Paint

  • Emulsion Paint stays longer then Distemper Paint up to four to five years.
  • Emulsion Paint has the attractive smell.
  • They don’t dry or crack in sunlight.
  • The quality and finishing is better while compared to Distemper Paints
  • Emulsion Paint won’t peels off when wet.
  • It’s washable and colour won’t be fading in time being.

Cons of Emulsion Paint

  • .Emulsion Paints are expensive compared to Distemper Paints.
  • Emulsion Paint needs primer and putty quoting before applying on the wall.

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The process of applying Emulsion Paint on walls:

There are many things you’ll be in need of. You’ll require a basecoat of white Emulsion Paint surplus to that an overcoat of any color you like to apply on the walls. It is important to select the right type of overcoat because only the overcoat will be seen.

When you’re applying or purchasing the white Emulsion Paint basecoat, it’s advisable for purchasing matte finished. The overcoat can be of anyone amongst the three because if the basecoat is matte, it helps in increasing the glow of the overcoat applied on the walls. In place of base-coat, Emulsion Paint primer can apply so it will stick to the wall long time and give a better finish.

Before you head ahead, it’s advisable for cleaning the surface of the walls. Remove any decorations on the walls and even the furniture. As you’re painting the walls, cover the surface of the floor by using a plastic material cover. It will not damage the floors. Apply the painter’s tape on the edges of the floors, ceiling and the skirting boards. It’s easy to remove it and helps in protecting the parts of the home from Emulsion Paint

Now, it’s the time to clean the walls. Start scrubbing the wall by using mild detergent and warm water solution on a clean cloth. Damp the cloth and rub it on the surface. It will remove the oils from its surface. After applying it, let it rest for some while and rinse it off with clean water.

Even you can rinse, dry and scrub the walls by using a clean rag. But, make sure of drying the walls before you start applying Emulsion Paint. As Emulsion Paint is water-based paint, so applying it to the water-based surface might not properly adhere to the surface.

Don’t forget to sand the walls. If your current wall surface is shiny, smooth or glossy, rub and scrub the surface by using 50-grit sandpaper. It will help the Emulsion Paint adhere to the surface smoothly. Wrap the sandpaper around the cork block and gradually work on the wall surface. After completing this step, make the use of small bristle brush from sweeping off accumulated dust and debris from the walls.Emulsion paint

Now you can go ahead with 1st coat of primer and wait till it’s dry and then apply 2nd coat of primer and wait till 2nd coat of primer dried off. Now, apply the basecoat similarly by cutting in the seams using a paint brush and then apply the paint on the remaining surface by using a roller. It’s advisable for drying the basecoat thoroughly say for at least a day and then apply the overcoat. Even, you might need to apply more than one coat of Emulsion Paint, but make sure that each coat is dried completely before applying another one. Let the basecoat dry completely before applying the overcoat. If you’re going with dark colors, you’ll need more coats of basecoat. And for light paint, one or two coats of basecoat are practicable.

You’ll need only a light coat of paint. For getting rid of excessive paint, roll the roller again on the platform of the tray. Follow a specific motion while using a roller for applying the Emulsion Paint on the surface. Work either in M shape or in W shape.

Start with the bottom and rise towards the upward direction and so on. Repeat the diagonal strikes for painting the walls. Change the angle and cover the entire area of the wall. At last, attach some final touches and here you go with best application process of applying Emulsion Paint on the walls.

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