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Home Oil based paint vs. Latex for Trim Cabinets
It's a common question Should I use oil-based paint or latex paint? Some believe that oil-based paints lost their effectiveness once regulations came into place that caused manufacturers to change their composition, but since they provide a glass-like and smooth finish, prevent blocking, and are easier to sand, they're still favored for some applications. One such instance is for trims. Latex tends to be a modern replacement for oil-based paints. In California some oil-based paints can't even be purchased anymore due to their impact on the environment. A trend that's moving slowly but surely across the country. In this video, Matt Risinger discusses the merits of oil-based paints versus latex (water-based) paints for semi-gloss applications such as trim, doors, or cabinets. He's joined by his head painter, Mike Walsh, and Clement the owner of two Benjamin Moore branches in Austin, Texas (Clements Paint and Arrow Paint). You'll see some doors Walsh just sprayed with Benjamin Moore EcoSpec Semi-Gloss Latex paint. In just one coat, over the primer, it covered the door very well.Ultimately, people should be moving toward latex-based paints. The upside of doing so today's latex paints lay out almost as well as an oil-based paint, latex products are about 40% cheaper, and all you need is soapy water for clean-up (no paint thinners needed).

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