Oil vs Latex Paint

When building or renovating your home, there are a number of crucial things that need to be planned carefully. One of them is how you will paint the walls. A bad choice may transform into a total disaster later – difficult cleaning and maintenance, peeling, leaking, etc.

Two common options for painting the wall are oil paint and latex paint. While oil paint has been popular since a long time ago, latex paint has been only recently rising to fame. So, should you use oil paint or latex paint?

Oil Paint

Oil paint is a type of slow-drying paint that is made of pigment particles suspended in a drying oil, usually linseed oil. To thin the paint, you need to add some mineral spirits or turpentine. Meanwhile, for cleaning spills and brushes, you need to use a paint thinner, which is a harsh chemical and should be disposed of carefully.

Latex Paint

Latex paint, on the other hand, is made of pigment particles contained in water, both are bound by a binder agent, usually a kind of synthetic resin. The surface that latex paint creates is actually elastic instead of hard solid. Though initially, latex paint products weren’t very good, today’s latex paint is a lot more better than before, as good as oil paint if not better.

In general, latex paint is almost always better than oil paint. It is quicker to dry and provides more convenience in the long run. One thing to remember, you should not apply latex paint over oil paint and vice versa, as the two are not compatible with each other.