Painters Concord – Pros and Cons of Latex or Oil-Based Paint

Painters Concord – Pros and Cons of Latex or Oil-Based PaintOne of the first questions people ask when starting a painting in Concord project is what type of paint to use – latex or oil-based. Latex paint is water-based, and oil-based is self-explanatory. Choosing which paint to use may not be an easy choice since each type of paint has its good points and its bad points.

Many people choose oil-based paints because of its many advantages. One coat is usually all you need because it adheres and bonds to nearly any type of surface. The length of time it takes to dry allows it to produce a smooth finish. Weather conditions do not have to be perfect because water does not affect it. It generally has a semi-gloss or high gloss finish and holds up well in high-traffic areas. It is resistant to mildew.

It also has several potential disadvantages. It will require chemicals to clean up because it is oil-based. You also have to dispose of remaining paint and rags used to clean up as hazardous material. Its strong smell requires proper ventilation. It can take 24 hours or more to dry depending upon the conditions. It can yellow over time; this possibility may change what color you choose. It also develops chips and cracks leading to peeling paint or flaking because the paint becomes brittle as time passes.

Latex is a newer paint and has quickly become a favorite among painters in Concord. Water-based paint is easier to clean than oil-based paints. As long as you have soap and water, clean up is a breeze. The smell is not as strong as oil-based paint but you will still want to have good ventilation. Latex does not yellow and retains its original color well. It is easier on the environment and is non-flammable. It dries quickly to the touch and can be used on a number of surfaces. If money is a concern, it also costs less than oil-based paints.

Latex paint is not without its disadvantages. It does not stick well to surfaces that had been painted with oil-based paints; however there are new acrylic binders that can be used to alleviate this problem. It does not have a shiny finish like oil-based paints. It dries quickly, which can be an advantage, unless you want to clean up errors are want a smooth finish. Painting latex paint on wood makes the wood swell. You will want to sand between coats for the best results. The weather must be clear when you use latex paint outdoors. A primer is needed when using latex and it will likely require several coats to achieve the coverage you want.

When you hire painters in Concord, ask them which type of paint they will use. Let them know of your preference especially if you are painting over a darker color or you want a particular finish.


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