We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. When it comes to painting your front door, there are a million colors to choose from but only one real option for the finish.
Even though interior trim doesn't cover much space compared to walls or ceilingsit's a small thing that really calls big attention to itself. Window sills are where you place your morning cup of coffee; door casing you pass a million times a day as you go from room to room. It's usually close-up and closely examined, and that's just the visual aspect of it.
Oil vs latex, the two paints are very different, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. For hundreds of years, paint was mixed on site by the local painters adding a little linseed oil, colorant usually leadsome whiting and driers. Most paints were custom formulated by the painter of that region.
Oil is harder - which is good and bad - it is harder to scratch - but it chips more easily. If you are using white - oil will yellow - latex won't Oil levels better - so it shows fewer brush marks - but it tends to be a little thin - so it is more likely to sag. Tough call really - there are pros and cons to each. You also might try a new product ICI introduced last year - Advanced Alkyd - flows, levels, and is hard - like an alkyd - but cleans up with soap and water - has little odor - and dries to the touch in about 4 hours.
Many home centers are only selling water-based paints these days, because most DIY home owners are not familiar enough with the advantages of alkyd oil-based paints. In the US, many states are phasing out oil paint due to environmental concerns. But alkyd enamels remain the superior choice for certain applications.
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Painting is the nation's number-one home-improvement project. It can help you change the look of a room from dull to brand new. Here's an interior-painting primer, starting with the pros and cons of oil-based and water-based, or latex, paints.
Because apparently when you start painting your doors any color but white, it starts to raise a lot of questions. Once I brushed on that very first coat of deep charcoal on our first door in this house, there was no going back. Every room looks SO much more high-end because of this one little trick… for just the cost of paint! Woo to the hoo!
Should you use oil or latex paint for your painting project? Here are some of the pros and cons of each product. A disadvantage of latex is it swells the grain of wood, making sanding between coats a necessity.