WATER BASED PAINTS
Water is the carrier for water-based paint – it “carries” the pigment and acrylic or vinyl binders. The advantages of this carrier are manifold. You can have healthy low- or even no-VOC options. It dries quickly so you can get in two coats in a day. Cleanup is done with soap and water. And the finished paint job resists both yellowing and cracking.
Advantages of water-based paints
- low VOCs (low levels of toxic emissions)
- easy cleanup with water
- quick drying
- an elastic, flexible finish resistant to cracking
- stable color over time, without yellowing
Oil-based paint is more durable, but it takes longer to dry, and cleanup requires turpentine or paint thinner (mineral spirits). Oil-based paints are made with either alkyd (synthetic) or linseed (natural) oils. Alkyd paint is more common because it is less expensive and tougher. Oil-based paint is good for trim work because trim takes more abuse over time than do walls.
Advantages of oil-based paints
- attractive gloss
- good “leveling” (brush strokes fill themselves in to create a smooth finish)
- hard, durable finish
For those instances when an oil-based paint would traditionally be preferable, but you desire a water-based product, a number of companies have introduced “waterborne enamels” or “waterborne alkyds.” These paints look and behave much like oil-based options because they have good leveling qualities for a smooth finish.
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FX Cabinets Warehouse provides Eco-Friendly products to their customers. All of their cabinets are 100% free of particle board and feature water-based finishes. FX products are fully compliant with stringent California Air Resources Board standards.