I just built some shelves for my study and used a latex paint on the
inside, front, and sides. I just found out that I can't use the latex
paint for the actual shelves. Looking at the posts from other groups
it is recomended that I use an oil base paint so my books... won't
stick to the shelves. Anyway, can you tell me if I'm going to see a
big color difference between the latex if I use the oil base on my
I wouldn't think Latex would be a problem after a month or so, but
perhaps it is. For shelving I'd prefer melamine or something
similar for ease of cleaning. Perhaps you can paint them a
contrasting color so it looks like you did it "on purpose"? ;-)
As you might have guessed villafum, there is a difference between drying and
curing. Frankly, I don't know the answer to your question, if books might
stick after time even to cured latex. However, you certainly would not want
to put anything on it after just drying for a day or 2.
I've recently finished a linen closet with home made MDF shelving. We
use oil-based white gloss exterior paint for everything we can because
it is ridiculously strong. After two days, we put everything from
linens to tools on these shelves and haven't marred or scratched them
I've never used latex paint to cover a shelf...and that's because I
know how well oil-based paints work for the purpose....not too mention
that you can get a gallon of white oil-based at Walmart for about $15.
(don't forget the paint thinner too...$4/gallon)
I have rolled on this oil-based white paint on a 40 year old iron tub
with a lousy finish as well as a tile shower surround. After 6
months, it is as glossy and beautiful as the day I finished the final
coat. (we did about 4 coats with about a weeks drying between for that
project). The finish is amazing, as you can really thin the final
coat or two with thinner and eliminate all brush strokes and
imprefections that I've experienced with latex based paint (especially
Now that I know how durable oil-based paint is, I only use latex for
walls or anything I plan to repaint with latex later. Gloss oil-based
paints are so slick that I can't imagine getting latex to ever stick to
them...but this is a guess based on having repainted so many latex
covered surfaces, and I've never tried to paint over oil-based with
hope this helps!
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