Oil or Latex? The Basics on Bases

In fact, the first step is to choose which type of paint you want to use. There are two types. Latex paints are the most common, but you can also choose an oil-based paint. Some companies won’t tell you this. Oil-based paints have become more difficult to find recently, and they’re a little more expensive but they do have advantages.

The primary reason you’d want to choose an oil-based paint is aesthetic. These paints are smoother and glossier than latex paints, so the finished product will show fewer brush strokes and have more shine. Latex paints, though, are easier to work with and less toxic.

Here’s a list of the main differences between the two types of paint:

Latex Paints:

Oil-based Paints:

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