Water-Based Versus Oil-Based Paints

Paint can help a room or an entire home look brand new, but understanding the type of paint you are working with can make or break the overall finish. There are options to choose from, each with their own pros and cons Target Painting wants to highlight for our customers.

Water-based paints

Most wall paint is water-based, as they are easy to clean with warm, soapy water and make for simple maintenance. If you are switching to water-based paint, the new product may not stick. In this situation, it is recommended to wash the surface and then roughen it with sandpaper, making it clean, dry and dull to prevent peeling of the new coat.

Water-based paint is often easier to work with and dries quicker. It is as durable as oil-based paint and good for general painting projects like walls and ceilings. The advantages of water based paints also include:

  • Stable color over time
  • Resistant to yellowing
  • Easy cleanup
  • Low levels of toxic emissions
  • Flexible finish resistant to cracking

Oil-based paints

Oil-based paint is attractive for glossy woodwork, furniture, doors, and floors. It is more durable but takes longer to dry. These are made up of either alkyd, or synthetic, or linseed, which is natural oil. Alkyd paint is more common since it is less expensive and tougher, but cleanup requires turpentine or paint thinner. Oil-based paint is good for trim work as it takes more abuse over time.

Oil-based paint is also referred to as solvent-based paints. They contain a higher level of organic solvents than water-based paints.  Benefits of oil-based paint include:

  • Durable finish
  • Attractive gloss
  • Smooth finish

Luckily, Target Painting has the team of professionals, years of experience, and dedication to our customers to help you make the right choice of paint for your home. If you have been considering house painting in or near Wayland, MA, give us a call at (877) 646-8274.