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When to Choose Latex or Oil-Based Paint

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There is a time and a place for both latex paint and oil-based paint, and we want to show you when you would use one over the other. If you use the wrong one, you can end up with an unsightly finished product, so it’s important to make the best possible choice.

Latex paint is the go-to choice for most painting professionals these days. They recommend it for most residential jobs, both interior and exterior. That’s because latex paints that are used today dry fast, are easy to apply and don’t cost very much, comparatively speaking. You can slap a couple coats on a large area in the same day with enough drying time between the two coats, when you use latex paint.

Latex is especially useful for ceilings and walls, since it dries so quickly. That means there is little chance that it will pool or drip, if it has been evenly applied.

Oil based paints are used almost every time that oil paints were used in the past. So, if you are repainting a surface area that has been previously painted with oil paints, then you will usually have to use oil paints to cover that area. Latex paint usually does not stick very well to a surface that has been coated in oil paint previously, so it’s important to know which kind of paint was used before you start painting over something.

If you want to use a latex based paint anyway, when you are repainting something that was painted with oil, then you have to apply some oil. You’ll need to use an oil primer and an oil sealer. Otherwise, your paint job just won’t last.

For painting a residential area, though, oil based paints just aren’t very practical. They have to dry overnight, so you are always at the mercy of the weather and other factors that could prevent the paint from drying properly. If you want to clean them off the carpet, furniture or anywhere else you accidentally spread paint, then you have to use mineral spirits to do so.

On top of that, oil based paints tend to smell very strongly which could be an issue when performing an extensive redecoration of your home. They may not be a viable option for residential areas where it would be impossible for the residents to move out for the night while the painting is done. There will be plenty of paint jobs where using oil-based paints is mostly inappropriate because of their strong smell. In some cases, using them may be against applicable regulations.

Oil paint is ideal for wood, though, since it is incredibly resistant to staining and is very durable. It protects wood better and longer than latex paints do, making it the clear choice for commercial wood painting.

In most cases, latex-base paints will be the best choice, but there are some instances where oil-based paints are preferable for one reason or another. Be sure to choose carefully to get the best results.

Painting Shortcuts to Avoid

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peeling paintA big paint job can be daunting- such as painting the outside of your house or painting a large interior room. It can take time and effort and even some painting expertise. We are here to supply some of the latter as we show you a few shortcuts to painting your house that you want to make sure you don’t take.

Painting without Cleaning a Surface

In order to make the paint stick properly to a surface, it needs to be clean from dust, dirt, mould and other things that may be attached. A dirty wall will lose new paint quickly, as the paint won’t be stuck to the wall, in many cases, but will be stuck to the dirt.

Once that dirt falls off, it takes the paint with it. That leaves you with a patchwork wall with a lot of unsightly holes in the paint.
Be sure to pressure wash, scrub or otherwise clean any surface you plan to paint until it is smooth and clean.

Painting over Old Paint

You can often paint over old paint if that paint is in good condition. If the paint is faded or just not the look you want anymore, but it is still intact, then it’s okay to paint over it. When you want to avoid repainting on top of old paint is when that paint is chipped, curled, peeling or otherwise damaged. That paint is going to come off over time, taking the new paint with it. Just like the dirt example we talked about above, you’ll end up with a wall that looks poorly painted after a while.

It’s best to scrape off any paint that is starting to show its age and peeling or chipping. It takes time to get rid of that old coat of paint, but you’ll save yourself from having to repeat the work over again later.

Not Preparing the Area for Painting

The biggest mistake people make when they paint a home themselves is that they don’t properly prepare the area they are going to paint. They don’t remove fixtures, such as light switches, lights or curtain rod holders. Or, they don’t sand down or smooth the materials before they start.

Another example of this would be forgetting to add a bottom coat of quality primer to a wall before adding the top coat. Many times, primer is what helps the paint look better and stick longer, and failing to put in that extra time and effort can result in a paint job that doesn’t last very long.

Homeowners looking to do some painting in their house should consult with a painting expert when it comes to primer and the various things they need to do to prepare a surface for painting. This is where the majority of them go wrong, but once the proper preparation has been made, it becomes fairly easy to make even big painting jobs look great.

Hopefully, these tips will keep you from making the same mistakes as a lot of other people and ensure that your house looks beautiful once you are finished redecorating it.