Floor Paint Vs Wall Paint: Analysing The Main Differences

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Whilst all types of paints constitute similar basic elements (pigment, solvent, additives and resin) understanding their makeup is crucial to not only their practical application but their safe use. Floor paints and wall paints are fundamentally different and are not designed to be used in other applications. In this article we will look at and analyse the main differences between floor paint and wall paint.


Floor paints come in a much more restricted colour range than that of wall paints. When choosing a wall paint you have a complete rainbow of colours to choose from, to the extent you can design and produce your own unique colours. Thus said, the floor paint colour choice is increasing as technology and the consumer demands growth, however, floor paint clearly is utilised for its practical application whereas the wall paint is typically aesthetic. At TA Paints offer a wide range of colour from BS and RAL colour charts. Chat to us for further information.

Top Coats

Both floor and wall paints offer a wide range of top coats. Wall paint topcoats typically come in forms which support the aesthetics of the room in which it is being used. For example, top coats can have special effects such as shimmer and glitter, or they can even have pink-to-white technology to prevent ‘missed spots’. Floor paint top coats tend to have practical uses such as anti-slip or additional durability coats. Although some floor topcoats can be decorative!


Whilst clearly both types of paint require durability in their application, you will find floor paint is a far more durable product. Floor paint is able to stand up to scuffs and knocks from footfall and vehicle movements. Wall paint is durable too, but in a different context. The properties of this paint allow for gentle washing or anti-fungal properties to be embedded. However, if you scuff or scrape wall paint it is almost certain to be damaged and distorted. Wall paint would not stand up to the wear and tear typical of even a low-traffic floor.


Wall paint is nearly always a ‘ready to go’ product and does not require anything more than a stir before use. Floor paint can be done in two ways; the easy and less durable single pack floor paint is also ‘ready to go’, however, epoxy floor paint requires the mixture to be made correctly and takes a bit of time.


In principle, when using a paintbrush or roller both paints are applied the same. Here we see the difference in applying the paint, you can thin down floor paint with paint thinner to apply through a spray gun. You wouldn’t think of applying thinner to a wall paint.

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Here we have explored the basic differences between floor paint and wall paint. There are, of course, many other factors to look out for when making the right choice. If you are looking for further guidance then please download The Ultimate Floor Paint Guide.