Hi, moved to this home 7 years ago, today my wife decided the kitchen
cabinets needed touching up. I had from the previous owners an unopened can
(quart) that was labeled kitchen cabinets. I opened it and there was oil on
top so I mixed away, closed and shook quite a bit, opened and mixed again.
The color and paint looked perfect. We touched up and painted, cleaned up
and waited for the paint to dry. Well, that was 10 hours ago! I got so
tired of rubbing up against wet/sticky paint, I finally used a rag with
paint thinner and wiped away the stickiness.
Anyway, how long does oil based paint take to dry? Do you think the paint
is bad? It's a mixed lot from HD with the labeling still on it. Think I
should go to HD and get a new quart?
A long frickin time:
"Top-quality alkyd (oil-based) paints have excellent adhesion
characteristics and are a good choice for heavily chalked surfaces and
areas with several layers of old oil-based paint. However, oil-based
paints can fade, chip, chalk, and crack over time. Oil-based paint is
more difficult to apply, and it has a stronger odor than latex paint.
It also takes longer to dry (24 hours or more), leaving your newly
painted room out of service for some time. Clean-up requires the use of
solvents, which means that extra care must be taken in the handling and
disposing of rags. Prices range from about $15 to $35 a gallon. Experts
recommend regular latex interior paint for nearly all situations."
indoors, and it chips far less easily than latex on doors/trim. I've
used oil semi-gloss for trim, baths and kitchen for many years and have
not been disappointed. Latex on trim is junk. As for clean up, it
really isn't that different - I toss the roller if I use one for oil,
clean the brush with ms and detergent. Cleaning a brush is no big deal.
Odor? Open a window - we paint in dry, warm weather, right? Any paint
will peel if not prepped correctly, and trying to sand dings on
latex-painted doors/trim is a PIA. If one wants to change color every
two years, it doesn't matter because the built up paint - oil or latex -
will look like crap.
Exterior, esp on masonry, latex is the way to go. Concrete block and
stucco is all we have here (FL).
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