I went to Wickes to buy some cheap emulsion to dilute 50:50 to make a mist coat to seal some plaster. I was bewildered by the number of different types of emulsion they had.
There was trade emulsion and trade vinyl emulsion. Is the difference between these two that the vinyl version is wipeable but the non-vinyl is not? Or isn't it as simple as that?
There was also an "emulsion for plaster". I don't remember what the tin said now but I imagine you can paint direct onto plaster without priming it first? I wonder if you need more than one coat? I wasn't really looking to paint the wall white; I would have been happy with a wishy washy finish just to stop the dust brushing off but it could have been useful, I suppose.
What would you have bought?
I notice they said to dilute with 10% water,. I suppose that helps if you are a tradesman that you could get 11 tins out of 10 but I would be nervous about diluting one batch more than another and getting an inconsistent finish!
On a totally different point, may I ask what eggshell is? I assumed it was just a finish halfway between matt and satin but a recent post here suggested it was best for bathrooms and kitchens, so is it for some reason a more durable finish?
Where do bathroom and kitchen paints fit into the equation? Are they just vinyl emulsions?