I have having the interior of my home painted.
Some of the quotes, actually the higher quotes, listed an option for the
doors trim and woodwork to be done in oil based paint. The cost is the same.
The ceilings and walls will be done in latex.
Wanted to know what the pros and cons were going with oil?
Would it make sense to have the kitchen and bathroom walls oil too?
Everyone has different opinions about oil versus latex. My opinion is
that oil is a lot of trouble, smell, and mess, and it has a heavier
ecological impact. I don't use oil unless it has a feature I want.
I use oil for:
+ Ceilings where the popcorn is falling off, but the client doesn't
want to remove it. They wind up with shiny ceilings, because oil-based
paint only comes in gloss and semi-gloss.
+ Trim, because glossy trim looks really good, and oil-based paint
flows well and hides the brush marks.
+ Covering water-based stains.
+ When the client definitely wants it and I can't talk them out of it.
+ Situations where latex paint won't stick. This doesn't happen much,
because, for the most part, you can make any paint stick to any other
paint with the right preparation.
Interesting. I've asked at several paint suppliers, and they've always
told me that oil paint only comes in gloss and semi-gloss. The latest was
Sherwin-Williams. Maybe the clerk needs training.
I'll have to check out flattening powder.
Grab the option...you will have a finish that is smoother, no/fewer
brush marks, harder, more scrubbable, easy to sand to prep to repaint.
IMO, no wood should ever have latex/acrylic on it.
Depends if you want the above. If not, use semi-glossy acrylic. Or -
if you like shine - glossy.
Harder, tougher finish. Easier to clean. Less apt to stain. Latex on
doors, trim and woodwork is horrible to repaint - can't sand out little
dings because the latex rolls up like rubber (although it isn't actually
I always do, have never regretted doing so. Kitchen, especially,
requires more cleaning and sometimes tougher solutions. I've seen
special "bathroom" paint, and I don't know what is special about it.
Alkyd is more impervious to moisture. Easier to clean.
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