Paints can be divided into three groups according to their drying or curing mechanism.
These main categories can be divided into different subgroups based on the chemical composition.
Paints within one generic group have many identical properties. Different chemical modifications give the paints specific properties.
Read about generic types of paint
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- Physically drying paints. The drying process consists exclusively of the evaporation of solvents.
- Oxidative drying paints. The drying process combines evaporation of solvents with a chemical reaction between the oil in the paint and the oxygen in the air.
- Chemically curing paints. The drying process involves a chemical reaction between the base and a hardener. Before use the two components must be mixed properly.