Latex or Oil-based Paint?

Your home needs a makeover every now and then and painting is a crucial part of that. You can choose a mix of both vibrant and subtle hues to give your home a completely new look. But before that, you need to decide which type of paint is suitable for your requirements – latex or oil-based paint.

Latex Paint

It is also known as water-based paint. Check out its benefits:

  • Easy to apply and extremely durable.
  • It can be used anywhere in your home (both inside and outside).
  • The dry time is quite fast and it is resistant to fading and cracks too.
  • If it leaves behind streaks or brush marks during application, there is nothing to worry because it blends together when dry.
  • Spilled or scattered paint can be wiped clean with water.
  • Latex paint is the perfect choice if you or a family member has allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses, since it is virtually odor-free.

It is advisable not to use this type of paint on wood as it swells the grain of wood, thus making sanding between coats essential.

Oil-based Paint

For areas with high traffic, those exposed to grease splatter, exterior areas or covering trim work, oil-based paint is the ideal choice as it gives an attractive glossy finish. Your walls should be in good condition before painting oil-based paint highlights any flaws or imperfections.

  • Resistant to stains and fading even in the presence of direct sunlight.
  • Durability is much more than latex paint, which is why it is used a lot in kitchens where food or grease splatters can be wiped away without difficulty.
  • Maintenance is easy as it is heavy duty paint and doesn’t come off when it is scrubbed on.

The problem with oil-based paint is that, it is tougher to apply than a latex one, with a longer dry time. It can take anywhere from 24-48 house in order to dry completely. Cleaning with water is not an option in case there are paint splatters. Though it has high resistance, this ability diminishes as the years go by, which is why oil-painted walls often tend to fade and yellow over time.

At Southwest Professional Painting, we can help you pick out products that will benefit your home for years. Let our representative talk to you and provide a quote – we guarantee you will not be disappointed!