Oil-Based vs. Latex Paint

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It’s time to paint a room in your home but you don’t know what type of paint to buy at the hardware store or paint store. There are two common forms of interior paint. The two choices are oil-based paint and latex paint.

Should you choose oil-based paint or latex paint to paint your room?

OIL-BASED PAINT

Here are some of the advantages of choosing oil-based paint for painting your room:

  • This type of paint often spreads over the surface much smoother than latex paint does. A smooth coat is ideal for painting the walls of a room.
  • Oil-based paint is able to cover the surface of the wall much more thoroughly in just one coat than latex paint will.
  • This type of paint does not shrink much at all.
  • Oil-based paint requires a lot of time to dry so you have more time during the project as the paint dries.
  • Oil-based paint is good for high-traffic areas in your home.

Here are some of the disadvantages:

  • Oil-based paint is much more likely to crack or yellow or fade after an extended period of time.
  • Fumes from this type of paint can be overwhelming during the painting process.
  • Oil-based paint is very difficult to clean off of your paint brushes and rollers after you are done.
  • You cannot simply pour oil-based paint down the drain or in the garbage to dispose of it. This paint contains toxins and chemicals that are not suitable for standard garbage removal.

LATEX PAINT

Here are some of the advantages of latex paint:

  • Latex paint will not yellow over time like oil-based paint does.
  • This option is much more eco-friendly and better for the environment.
  • Latex paint dries very fast after it is painted on the wall in your home.
  • It is very easy to clean up latex paint after you are done painting because you can just wash it right down a drain.
  • Stores are stocking more colors and variations of latex paint so it is easier to find a color you want.

Here are some of the disadvantages:

  • Latex will swell the grain of wood which will require sanding between coats.

You can see based on the small number of disadvantages of latex paint that it is the type of paint we prefer and would recommend for painting a room in your home.

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