When you look at your wall and wonder about getting it painted, the first thought that you will have will be about the color you should choose. However, another important factor that you must consider is the type of paint. It is important for you to understand the differences between various paint types or you must hire an expert painter who can advise you. The way the paint adheres to the surface varies between an oil-based and water-based paint. This in turn determines the look of the surface.

We at Dupaint consult and advise our customers before starting any painting job. We explain the various options available and allow our clients time to decide at peace and then initiate the painting job.

Pros and cons of oil-based paints

Oil-based paints are made with a natural or synthetic oil base. Some advantages of oil-based paints are:

  • They are durable and resistant to lower temperatures
  • The application process is smooth and usually, a second coat is not required
  • They are better to cover small imperfections
  • Walls painted with oil-based paints can be scrubbed

Some disadvantaged of oil-based paints are:

  • Cleaning the tools after the painting is very difficult and a solvent like turpentine oil is needed
  • The drying time is more than 8 hours and hence they are not suited for quick jobs
  • Gives out strong fumes and unpleasant odour. One must wear a mask while working with oil-based paints
  • It is a hazardous waste and hence must be disposed of with utmost care

Using oil-based paints

Oil-based paints contain a pigment and a resin. These are present in a solvent thinner, on application the thinner evaporates and the resin forms a hard coat. Oil-based paints should be used on surfaces where you need long-lasting finish and do not intend to change the color often. They are ideal for trims and moldings. The hard coat of the paint resists stains and corrosion. They take a longer time to dry and hence the application should be planned in such a way that there is enough time at hand. During the painting job with oil-based paints, paint thinner and turpentine oil must be kept handy. This helps in the clean-up of tools post the project and correct any mistakes during the application.

If you are wondering which type of paint you should use and need some expert advice, reach out to our experts today. We at Dupaint are available on call at 1300 433 986. You can also write to us at maz@dupaint.com.au.