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."
All paint changes color to some extent. Oil paint surely doesn't chalk
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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