Which is Better: Distemper or Paint?
If you have ever gotten your home painted by hiring a local painter, at least 4 out of 10 of you would have observed the painter use and recommend distemper paint instead of emulsion to paint the walls.
What is the difference between the both, they are both paints after all, which one is cheaper, which one lasts longer? Let us go ahead and answer some of these frequently asked questions.
Distemper paint is a much older type of paint made using chalk, lime and pigment. They are water-based or oil-based. The use of distemper paint goes back decades.
Distemper colour is far less durable as compared to emulsion paint and usually needs 2 coats, but no primer. It is popularly used for rental apartments that need a fresh coat of paint every year or so. Distemper paint is also not fully washable, and the colour fades over time while emulsion paints do not fade.
Emulsion paints came later, and are made using a variety of chemical pigments bound together and suspended in water to form an emulsion. Emulsion paints are available in matte, shining and silky finishes and are much more durable and washable as compared to distempers. The range of shades and finishes for emulsion paints is much wider than that for distemper paints.
So, if you are very particular and picky about shades - this will be important while making a decision.
When you need to decide between distemper and emulsion - ask yourself if you want a long-term durable and washable solution or are looking for a cheaper solution and if a compromise on durability is okay?
Not to forget that distempers have a strong distinctive odour while emulsion emits a relatively lesser odour.
Berger Paints India has gone further ahead to innovate and bring different solutions in our emulsion range - with categories such as Easy Clean Fresh washable emulsion with a pleasant fragrance to Silk Breathe Easy emulsion that reduces indoor pollution and protects the surface from bacteria and virus. Explore our range on our website.
You can also call our toll-free number or book an appointment with our colour experts who can help you make the final pick between distemper and emulsion!