Latex vs. Oil-based Paint for Trim


Old 06-15-04, 06:26 AM
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Latex vs. Oil-based Paint for Trim

We are about to paint the baseboards, doors, and trim inside my home. Does it make a big difference between using a high-gloss latex paint or a high-gloss oil-based paint? I really want to stay away from oil-based, but if it is significantly better than latex, then I'll use it. It's just a pain to clean up.
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Old 06-15-04, 04:21 PM
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Oil paint dries to a harder, more durable finish, and levels better giving a smoother appearance. But it also yellows faster, is a pain to clean up, and you are forced to use oil on the next go-round too. Plus rumors abound that in early 2005, the EPA is issuing new VOC laws making oils obsolete.

Latex is easier to handle, stays brighter longer, you can use latex on next go-round without any special primers, and easier clean up & touch up. It shows more brush strokes than oil (except the new paints from Ben. Moore, Waterborne Satin Impervo, and Sherwin's Waterborne ProClassic), and has a softer, less durable finish.

You make the call.
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