Ext. latex or oil?


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Old 06-08-00, 05:49 PM
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A painter told me semi-gloss latex is better for exteriors than oil-based paint because modern oil paint is too brittle. In Southern California we tend to have hot summers and cool and occasionally wet winters. The painter prefers to cover the current oil painted wood with primer and latex, but said if I prefer, he'll use an oil-based paint with spot priming. Does his thinking sound right?
 
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His thinking will be correct if he uses alkyd oil primer and a latex top coat. Oil on exteriors is good for shutters and doors.
 
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Old 06-08-00, 06:57 PM
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JDX is correct. Oil primer, latex paint...GOOD LUCK!!!
 
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These nuggets of advice are right on. I thought oil was banned in California and Mass. as well. Soon to be a nationwide ban if enviro-wacko's get there way.
 
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The painter said instead of banning oil, they changed it and that's why latex is now better. He doesn't want to use any oil paint on windows and doors, just in the primer.
 
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That will work. Let him paint like the wind.
 
 

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