Oil vs. Latex Based Paints: Which Do You Need?

Painting is a big step in your home, whether it’s a rental or you’ve purchased it. But should you use oil-based or latex-based paint? There are advantages and disadvantages to each, and the choice is far from simple. Here are a few facts to help you in your decision on oil-based versus latex-based paints.

  • Latex, or water-based paints, are better for the environment than oil-based. It’s much more friendly to the painter, as it’s easily removed with soap and water. In addition, latex paints dry much faster than oil-based, and it won’t yellow over time. They’re quickly becoming the most popular type of paint. Some stores no longer carry oil-based paints, so it may be a little more tricky to find.
  • Oil-based paints have a much slower drying time, making them a little bit easier to work with. On the other hand, They aren’t easily removed; you’ll need hazardous materials, such as turpentine. Keep in mind, however, that oil-based paints are much more hardy. While they will fade over time, they hold up in high-traffic areas much better than latex paints do. Oil-based paints often go on more smoothly than latex, making it easier to achieve a glossy finish.

While water-based paints are becoming more popular, there is still much to be said for oil-based. Often, homeowners will choose oil-based for projects that get a lot of action, such as stairs, and use latex paint for others.  Feel free to contact us at any time for tips, tricks, and help regarding types of paint, or any other painting needs.