Okay to use exterior paint indoors?

Old 06-06-07, 10:55 PM
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Okay to use exterior paint indoors?

I have some exterior latex housepaint that might work for a bathroom. Is there a downside to using exterior paint indoors?
Old 06-07-07, 04:03 AM
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Interior paint dries harder than exterior = more washable. Also the regulations are different for interior versus exterior paints. The 'fumes' given off by exterior paint aren't supposed to be contained in a closed space like the interior of a home.
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there is really no problem if you air the space out well while painting, use at least an eggshell finish, and don't try to eat it. We have many customers do their interior trim and doors with our exterior satin because it is such a nice looking paint. Even the factory rep did it.
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Don't do it. Exterior coatings are formulated completely differently from interior coatings for a good reason. Spend the $35 and get a product designed for baths.
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I think it should be fine.... I've seen quite a few paints out there that are labelled interior/exterior... What is it about exterior paint that would make it unusable inside? I always use exterior paint for doors and trim inside and have been very happy with the results... Especially around weepy windows that need better water protection on the wood trim.

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