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    Pros and Cons of latex paint?

    Painters & Decorators

    What are the pros and cons of oil and latex paint? What is the case for choosing one over the other, such as their cost, longevity, and how easy they are to source?

    Asked by Mo on 22nd Nov 2021
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    Wayne Heys decor

    "Personally, I wouldn’t use latex I’d go for acrylic, using water-based paint is my go-to due to drying times coverage and ease of use. Using water-based use a water-based primer undercoat, using oil I’d recommend using an oil-based undercoat so takes longer. Also, water-based paints won’t yellow over time as oil-based paints do due to the linseed oil used in production. Any paint store such as Dulux & brewers also b&q etc will sell both makes of paint but I would recommend using a trade version of either rather than retail."

    Answered on 22nd Nov 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
    DC.Painting and Property Maintenance

    "Hi Mo,

    First Latex paint is an American thing/saying
    What you are referring to is vinyl paint and water-based VS oil

    So first for walls, you would only use water-based paints (vinyl emotion or silk)
    But not on new plaster contract Matt (no or low Vinyl content) so it sinks into the plaster and is breathable!

    Oil is for Metal and woodwork.

    Generally speaking, oil-based paints are more expensive! But cover better more Opacity very hard-wearing but harder to source!

    Acrylic paints water based woodwork paints are very low VOC and dry quickly but are weaker in hardness vs oil-based paints

    But water-based paints don’t go off colour over the years as oil-based do!

    I hope this helps



    Answered on 22nd Nov 2021 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    Paul's Building Services

    "Good afternoon,

    Oil based paint can overtime turn a slightly yellow colour, especially when in direct sunlight,
    Latex paint tends to not fade, drys quicker, and can be touched in easily and blended in."

    Answered on 22nd Nov 2021 - Member since Nov 2021 - report

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