Oil vs. Water Based Paint

oil based paint selection

There is a wide variety of paint products available on the market today. While that can be confusing, it means you have better options for your specific job. 

Therefore, if you have a paint job to do, you probably have a simple question in mind: what type of paint should I use? And you want a simple answer. But of course, we cannot give you one. Both types of paint exist for a reason and are more appropriate for specific jobs than others. 

Water paint has some pretty clear advantages. It dries swiftly, and you can efficiently purify your paintbrushes with nothing but water. Meanwhile, oil takes ages to dry, and it takes a bit of effort to clean the brushes. Also, if you have ever used oil paint, you will remember that distinctive and unpleasant odour. 

Therefore, you may wonder why anyone uses oil-based paint. But there are good reasons to use it for specific jobs. Read on. 

What to Use Indoors 

Oil-based paint tends to be more durable when used for interior jobs. They are far more resistant to scratches and scrapes. Surprisingly, even though oil-based paint does not dry as quickly, it is less prone to stains and scratches while the colour is setting. That is because once oil-based paint dries, it hardens fully and protects the walls from most forms of disfigurement. 

Meanwhile, water-based paint dries quite quickly. However, the curing process is prolonged and can extend over several weeks. During that long period, contact with the wall often shows in an obvious and displeasing manner. 

That is really the main drawback of water-based paint, their tendency to erode in high-traffic areas. For that reason, some people prefer to use water-based paint for ceilings and rooms that are used less often. In those cases, oil-based paints are utilized in high traffic areas, like corridors and living room w