Ceramic Paint: A Better, Tougher Paint

Paint chemists are always hard at work trying to develop the next latest, greatest coating. And the goal is always the same: make a paint that lasts longer, is more stain resistant, goes on smoother, and dries to a tough, impenetrable film.

High-quality 100% latex acrylic paints have performed beyond expectations, but there’s a new kid in town: ceramic paints. These aren’t used to paint pottery and china plates, but instead, are latex paints that contain something called, ceramic microspheres.

Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute

Ceramic microspheres are very tiny, round particles that get distributed throughout the dried paint film. The result, according to exhaustive lab tests, is a paint that outperforms all other house and wall paints.

Here are just of few of the benefits of ceramic paints:

  • A smoother, more continuous paint film that resists cracking.
  • Superior stain resistance—stains don’t get absorbed, so they can be wiped off.
  • The ceramics produce a less tacky paint surface, which reduces dirt accumulation.
  • Round spheres roll past each other in the paint, greatly enhancing flow and leveling.
  • And microspheres help hide the underlying substrate and reduce the luster of the paint.


  1. I would like to know if painting over vinyl is a good idea and what kind of paint, acrylic latex with urethane or ceramic paint.

  2. Hey Ann, You should check on the website of the vinyl siding manufacturer, but I’m almost positive you’ll find that you need to use a 100% acrylic latex paint. Information is also available at paintquality.com; click on the Do-It-Yourself tab and type “Vinyl Siding” in the search box.

    However, the most important step, as with any paint job, is prepping the surface. You’ll have to first scrub or power-wash the siding to remove all dirt and mildew. Good luck!

  3. I am purchasing a house that has been painted in the last three years with ceramic paint. I do not like the color. Is the process the same to paint over ceramic paint or the regular types or would it need to be stripped off? The paint appears to be in great shape and is not flaking at all.
    What is the life expectancy of ceramic paint? I am trying to determine if I would want to use that again on this house. Thanks!

  4. Dear Danny,
    I am a regular viewer of “Today’s Homeowner With Danny Lipford” and was also able to speak with Allen Lyle on your radio program. Your programs have some great ideas that work at our home in Los Angeles, as well as in other areas of the country!
    I have just looked at Joe Truini’s information on “Ceramic Paint.” He listed some very helpful information but I would like to know if there is any down side to using ceramic paint. Our home is stucco so we will only be having the “trim” painted next year and, because it’s more expensive, I would like to know if this would be the proper paint for the exterior trim or would it cause more problems than it’s worth.
    Thank you for any assistance/suggestions you can offer.

    God bless you,

    Gail Fuller

  5. Unfortunately I would never use this type of paint again. We were redoing a bathroom. After painting, we needed to alter the woodwork for the door. in removing the woodwork, it also pulled off the paint as it is like a piece of rubber and just pulled off along with the woodwork. I now know I should have cut along the door edge, but I had never had that issue happed before and I used to rehab houses for a living. And now, if I reach for the garbage can to empty, if my short finger nail barely touches the wall it chips off. Today I went to hang up a towel on the towel rack, and yep my nail chipped the wall. And this paint has been there for over a year. Sorry about this, we are careful and have no children at home, so I can’t even imagine if there were small children in the house.

  6. We are redoing a walk in freezer that is 30 feet long and 16 feet wide and i have heard about your paint. I am wandering if this product will work in a freezer for the walls and the ceiling? How hard does it get, would i be able to use it on the floor as well?

  7. Hi,
    Can ceramic paint be used on a deck? I live in the midwest and the winters are so hard on a flat surface. The wood had been pressurized, but the weatherproofing stain I’ve been using just isn’t holding up well. Also for a 14×14′ deck with about 18″ sides, how much would you think I’d need if it is a good product to use. Thanks for your help.


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