What You Need to Know About Water and Oil-Based Wall Paints

Confused about which paint will be perfect to give the desired look to your house? The color you choose sets the mood for the house, but only the right paint will create the vibe that you wish to achieve. Learning more about the types of available paints, and discovering one most suitable for your house saves you money as well as time. To help, we delve into the different types of paints.

Water-Based Paints

Water-based paints are a popular choice for both DIY projects and professional work. They are made to be thinned using water instead of turpentine. Though they are known to dominate the interior paints market, they are equally useful for exterior applications such as painting skirting boards and main doors. The one thing you must take care of when using water-based paints over oil-based paint is to get rid of the latter by roughening it with medium-grit sandpaper. Roughening the substrate prevents the new coat from peeling.

Advantages of Using Water-based Paints

  • Water-based wall paints don’t emit an overpowering odor, which makes the whole painting experience more pleasant and child-friendly. The only emit hydrogen and oxygen as they dry.
  • They are also free from dangerous chemicals and harmful solvents during application and cleanup.
  • They dry faster than any other paint types and make the painting process less time-consuming.
  • Water-based paints prevent the occurrence of a thin black or white growth called Mildew.
  • A water-based color does not turn yellowish or fade in the sunlight.
  • Some of the paints have self-leveling properties, which prevents brush marks and helps in achieving a smooth and professional finish.
  • Water-based paints provide a flexible finish that is resistant to cracking.

Oil-Based Paints

Oil-based paints contain natural or synthetic oil as a base. They are used on almost all kinds of surfaces, are highly durable and provide a rich-finish. Once done painting, you can use substances such as turpentine to wash the paint off the brush.

Advantages of Oil-Based Paints

  • Oil paint contains an attractive gloss that enhances the beauty of your office or home decor.
  • Oil-based paints are best suited for high-moisture rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Oil paints help in covering small imperfections, chalky, stained or dirty surfaces.
  • The oil in oil-based paints acts as a good leveller. It helps you get rid of brush marks and provide a smooth finish to the walls.
  • Oil-based paints are richer in color.

Wrap Up

The wall paints you choose must be as good as the tools you are using to paint your house. Using brushes and rollers will help you save money while high-quality, modern wall painting tools helps you achieve the desired look with less effort. Our friendly and highly-experienced team at Shalimar is more than happy to answer your questions and guide you through available options. Call us today at 1800-103-6509 or email us at feedback@shalimarpaints.com. You can also follow and contact us on social media or simply fill out our Contact Form.