Oil-Based Paints vs Water-based Paints | PaintOutlet.co.uk

Are you confused about which paint to use for your home? The research is worth your efforts because the type of paint you pick has many effects on your room's environment, your mood, the look of your interior, and the vibe you want.  

Multiple factors need to be considered before finalizing a type of paint for your room. Factors like, the location of your room, its use, size of the room, and what are you expecting the space to be like. 

Water-based paints are dominating the paint market these days. Most people prefer water-based paint because of their multiple benefits. However, before applying water-based paints on your walls, make sure the walls aren't previously coated with oil-based paints. This will make it difficult for water-based paint to stick on the wall. 


If you find that the wall is previously painted with oil-based paints, use a scraper to scrape off the paint and then give a sandpaper treatment to the wall. Once its all smooth and uniform, you can apply the water-based paint on that wall. 


Water-based paints do not require a pre-treatment for the wall. They don't emit harmful fumes and are quickly dried. Moreover, the colour won't fade over time in the sunlight, and neither would it home the growth of mildew. 


A couple of disadvantages of water-based paints are that they aren't as vivid or rich as oil-based paints. Moreover, they'll start chipping off if the walls are dampened. 


Oil-based paints are more long-lasting and give a shinier surface than water-based paints. The finish is more durable, and the longer drying time allows you to fix any errors in the newly painted wall. These paints are better for rooms with high moisture, i.e. bathrooms and kitchens. 

The sheen in oil-based paints dulls over time, but water-based paints maintain the sheen even though it's not as bright as oil-based paints. 


The durability of both paint types depends on different factors. Oil-based paints dry harder, which gives an excellent resistance to wear, but this also makes them brittle. Water-based paints are flexible, and they respond to temperature changes by expanding and contracting. This makes them resistant to temperature change damages. Due to this, water-based paints are also suitable to use in exteriors. 


The cleaning process of oil-based paints is quite messy as compared to water-based paints. You'll have to use thinners and other materials in oil-based paints whereas water-based paints have on universal solvent; water. 


A simple procedure to find out whether your walls have water-based or oil-based paints is to take a rag and dip it in methylated spirit. If wiping it on the wall leaves a stain on the rag, it's a water-based paint. 


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