Latex paint s work better and clean up easier than oil-based paints. They are named latex because they used to have a rubber base. These paints are now made with a water-soluble base and built on vinyl and acrylics. This is the reason they tend to clean up easily with water and mild soap. They are the best option for exterior painting jobs due to their durability. Latex paint applies smoothly and wears well in both interior and exterior use. There are other benefits of this type of paint. These include the following:
It is Non-Toxic
Latex paints are not toxic and have less of an odor than other paints like oil-based paints. If used indoors, oil-based pints produce fumes that may linger for many weeks. But, odors from latex-based paints tend to dissipate quickly after the paint has dried. But, no matter the kind of paint used, adequate ventilation is necessary when painting indoors.
It is Non-Flammable
Oil-based paints and the cleaning solvents required are highly flammable. Such solvents are also considered toxic and should be disposed of according to local regulations. But latex paint is much more eco-friendly than other kinds of paint. It is not hazardous and may be disposed of with regular waste.
It is Available in a Variety of Colors, Grades, and Finishes
Generally, latex paints have a better gloss and easier to touch up than their oil-based counterparts. But, the higher the gloss of the finish the more flaws will appear. Also, higher gloss finishes are harder to touch up than those with less shine. But, people will have a myriad of choices for latex paints in terms of colors and grade. Grade is the quality of the product which greatly influences the cost.
It Dries Quickly
If a paint job requires a second coat, there is often no need to wait more than one hour after the first coat when using latex paints. But, oil-based paints take up to 24 hours to dry, depending on factors like weather conditions and air circulation.
Latex paints are easy to clean up; however, they require even less effort when completed promptly when the job is finished. There are three kinds of latex paints available: 100% acrylic, vinyl-acrylic, and alkyd-modified latex. 100% acrylic paint is the highest performance paint. It is good with adhesion and can retain color. Vinyl acrylic is ideal for interior walls and is the most affordable. Lastly, alkyd-modified latex paints are great for exterior jobs, particularly for siding that may have been chalked or peeled.