Am having the interior of my home painted.
The painter is giving me the option of semi-gloss enamel in an oil-based or
acrylic semi-gloss enamel for the:
doors, door frames, baseboards, window frame, stair risers and the fireplace
The price is the same, what are the pros and cons of oil and acrylic and is
there anything to consider in terms of touch up or maintenance?
Which way should I go?
Semi-gloss is good for trim. It makes the trim pop, visually. It's also
easier to clean.
I hate oil-based paint because it's messy and harder to apply (that's me
as a painter). I love oil-based paint because it "flows" better and you
get a smoother finish, hiding brush strokes. It takes two months to cure
to where it's hard all the way through.
Water-based paint is cleaner and easier to apply, cures in a couple of
weeks, and doesn't smell as much.
Touch-up and maintenance are probably about the same with both types.
You'll probably have to throw away the brush if you do touch-up with
oil-based paint, unless you don't mind cleaning with paint thinner. (Buy
disposable chip brushes.)
Preparation is the most important step. Make sure the painter cleans all
the walls, fills and sands chips, and either sands or uses a deglosser
on the trim. Ask to see some work he's done before.
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