Posted by House &Condo Painters
Painting is the nation’s number-one home-improvement project. It can help you change the look of your property dull to brand new.
Here’s an interior-painting primer, starting with the pros and cons of oil-based and water-based, or latex, paints. Latex paint is easier to work with and dries more quickly, but it isn’t quite as durable as oil-based paint. Latex is good for general painting projects such as walls and ceilings.
Oil-based paint is more durable, but it takes longer to dry, and cleanup requires turpentine or paint thinner (mineral spirits). Oil-based paint is good for trim work because trim takes more abuse over time than do walls.
Latex based paints readily accommodate every surface from small indoor projects to expansive exteriors and interiors of industrial buildings. Many prefer latex due to the product’s smooth application, quick drying time and the ease of soap and water clean-up. Latex remains less toxic and does not require ventilation during indoor application. Consumers find that when shopping for paint, latex brands have many more color options. Latex also comes in finishes that range from matte to high gloss.
For exterior painting, we recommend that you should use oil-based paint if you have a build-up of old oil-based paint on the surface, say more than 3 or 4 coats. Especially on exterior surfaces, this technique saves preparation time. On bathroom baseboards and other high traffic areas, oil paints resist staining and offer a higher degree of durability. However, unlike many brands of latex paint, oil based versions do not resist mold and mildew. Oil also remains the best choice for any type of exterior metal work, particularly on dirty or rusty areas. This type of paint additionally better withstands colder temperatures. The fumes, drying time and extensive clean-up measures required largely make oil paints impractical. Various locations throughout the country also ban the use of oil base products secondary to the toxic ingredients that harm the environment.