Oil based Paint Advantages
Oil based paints are typically known to be better stain sealers. They are
also better for adhering to metal, steel, and dirty surfaces.
Oil based paints are typically more impervious to low temperatures and
are thus less susceptible to shrinkage.
Oil based paints are typically used in higher traffic areas due to their
durability and ability to be cleaned.
Oil based Paint Disadvantages
Oil based paints typically require longer drying periods, up to 24 hours,
and have strong odors. Interior rooms should be well ventilated when
painting. Oil based paints overtime fade in color and turn yellowish.
Oil based paints also become brittle in time, which leads to pealing and
chalking. Blistering also appears overtime.
Oil based paints are more susceptible to mildew.
Oil based paints require clean up with mineral spirits or turpentine.
Oil based paints and their necessary thinning / cleaning products are
Oil based paint is considered a hazardous material and cannot be disposed
of as easily as latex based paints.
Latex based Paint Advantages
Latex paints are made from a water-soluble base. Consequently, latex
paints are easy to apply and clean up. Latex paint can also be thinned
with water when applying. Latex paint spills can easily be cleaned up
with just warm soapy water.
Latex paints also dry quickly (1-2 hours), are non-toxic, and have
significantly less odor, however interior rooms should still be
ventilated when painting. Latex paint can be used in both interior and
Latex paints are more resistance to fading, chalking, blistering and
pealing as the paint has the ability to breath, unlike oil based paints.
Latex paints are also non-flammable. As a result, of these advantages, latex
paints are ideal for exterior painting.
Latex based paints will also not yellow over time, are less susceptible
to chalking, and are tolerant to masonry surfaces. They also adhere well to
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Latex paint is considered a non-hazardous material and can be disposed of
similar to other household waste.
Latex based paints are offered in a variety of finishes, including gloss,
semi-gloss, and satin finishes.
Latex based Paint Disadvantages
Latex based paints are more temperature sensitive and are thus more
susceptible to shrinkage, particularly during the drying process.
Stains can more easily penetrate through latex based paints.
Latex based paints need to be applied to clean surfaces for best
adhesion. They do not adhere well to dirty or chalky surfaces.
Latex based paints are ideal for non-high traffic areas, e.g. dining
rooms, living rooms, or home exteriors.
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