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Should I use Oil based or Latex paint for my project?

Should I use Oil based or Latex paint for my project?

Should I use Oil based or Latex paint for my project?

For most home applications latex paint is the preferred product. It has many DIY advantages including quick drying time, easy water cleanup, and a lower odor emission. The downside to latex is that it often requires multiple coats and is often less durable than oil-based paints.

Oil-based paint has the advantage in durability, is more moisture-resistant, can be applied in a single coat, and allows for a longer ‘work’ time for brushing or smoothing before it dries and sets. But it is messier to work with and over a long duration can yellow with time.

Latex is the recommended product if you are a novice to painting, as it is easier to work with and more forgiving in its application.