The types of paint good for wood include water-based acrylic, latex and enamel paints. For best results, the person should prepare the wood surface well before painting. Unlike other materials, wood is porous, and that makes the paint soak in slightly.
Acrylic paint dries quickly, has less odor and works well with wood. Mixing different acrylics together can help create beautiful paint effects and shades. The paints come in different colors. Rinsing the paint brush in water before the acrylic paint hardens makes it easy to reuse. The paint may be cheaper if purchased in small portions.
Latex paints may be mostly for bigger projects such as ceilings and walls, but they are also good for large wood projects such as the painting of a chest of drawers or the decoration of plain wooden crates. It is similar to acrylic paint because it is easy to clean with water, and it has little odor.
Enamel paint is good for wood, and it comes in the form of spray paint and brush-on paint. The paint gives a glossier finish when compared to acrylic paint. The water-based paint is easy to clean with water and soap and is high in gloss. Before purchasing the paint, check the paint package because some of the paints are for non-porous surfaces, while others are multipurpose.