Distemper Market: Overview

Distemper is a kind of decorative paint that is primarily used in the building & construction sector. Chalk, lime, and water are the basic constituents of distemper. Distemper paint is also known as cement paint as it can be applied directly on cement walls without any other coating. Distemper is regarded as the early form of whitewash, also used for artistic painting, usually made from powdered chalk or lime. The binder used in distemper may be glues of vegetable or animal origin. 

Distemper is better than whitewash but inferior to oil paints and emulsion paints. It gives elegant, smooth, attractive, and slightly uneven look. Soft distemper is not abrasion resistant and may include binders such as chalk, ground pigments, and animal glue. Hard distemper is stronger and wear-resistant and can include casein or linseed oil as binders. It has a distinctive smell, and does not dry or crack in sunlight.

Distemper Market: Drivers & Restraints

Distemper is available in the wide variety of colors, which give the walls matte finish. Distemper is less expensive than other alternatives. This is the primary factor driving the distemper market. High durability (three years to five years) is another factor boosting the distemper market. Distemper paints does not need any primer coating. It can be directly applied on cement surface without any preparations. Oil bound distemper has an emulsion of drying oil or varnish that resists water. It can be applied with brush or roller.

Distemper Market: Key Segments

Based on type, the distemper market can be segmented into oil based distemper and dry distemper. Dry distemper is a water based wall paint. Its major constituents are chalk, lime, glue, and water. Distemper is usually applied by brush. It gives a better look than the traditional whitewash. It is available in powder form and has to be mixed in glue and water. Three or more coats have to be applied to give a smooth finish.

In terms of method of application, the distemper market can be divided into paint brush, roller, and spray. Paint brush is the commonly used method of application of distemper. Distemper paint has the ability to breathe; hence, it allows underlying moisture to escape from the surface and away from the masonry, unlike oil paints. It is an ideal paint that sets well on the plastered wall. Other paints such as oil-based paints can react with the high lime content of the traditional plaster. It causes the paint to go viscous. It can also easily react with alkalis to form a soapy mess.

Based on application, the distemper market can be classified into exterior walls and interior walls. Distemper does not need any primer coating. It can be directly applied on cement surface without any preparations. IT is a cheaper option and has high durability. Distemper paints are used for interior and exterior walls, and usually need two coatings. Three types of distemper paint are available in market: acrylic distemper paint, synthetic distemper paint, and UNO acrylic distemper paint.

Distemper Market: Regional Outlook

Based on region, the global distemper market can be segregated into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific dominated the global distemper market in 2017, due to the expansion in the building & construction sector in the region. Europe is one of the key regions of the global distemper market. Middle East & Africa also constitutes prominent share of the market.

Distemper Market: Key Players

Key players operating in the distemper market are Asian Paints, Berger Paints, and Kansai Nerolac Paints.

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