Saturday, December 15, 2007

Characteristics of Latex Paints

Water-based latex paints have always been popular with do-it-yourself and professional painters because of their easy cleanup with plain soap and water. But today's quality latex paints offer significant performance advantages as well.
Compared to oil-based paints, top quality exterior latex paints have greater durability in the form of better color retention and chalk resistance, so they continue to look good for years. Since they do not tend to get brittle as oil-based paints do, they have better resistance to cracking. Latex paints also dry much faster than oil-based paints (typically in one to six hours), which allows you to quickly apply a second coat.
Quality latex paints that have "100% acrylic" binders are specially durable and highly flexible. They tend to adhere extremely well to a variety of exterior surfaces, which means they have a greater resistance to troublesome paint failures like blistering, flaking and peeling, compared with other latex paints.
Field tests at the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute, where paint performance has been tested for more than 40 years, show that top quality 100% acrylic latex paints are an excellent choice when painting any of the following surfaces:
  • wood, particularly in areas that experience freezing temperatures;
  • new stucco and masonry;
  • weathered aluminum siding.

You can also use quality latex paints on interior trim. They have better resistance to chipping that do oil-based paints, which continue to harden over time and eventually become brittle.

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Resource from A Step-by-Step Guide How to Paint. Paint & Decorating Retailers Association.

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