Top considerations when painting with oil based paints

In choosing an exterior paint, you need to decide whether you are going to use an oil based paint or not. Oil based paints have distinct characteristics that are different from water based paints. One of the things you will need to keep in mind is the level of dampness of the area being painted. Oil based paints do not breath and areas of moisture that condense around the paint can cause bubbling, cracking and peeling. The chemicals in oil based paint give the paint unique qualities. Oil based paints emit a distinct fume that some people feel is an unpleasant odour. Some professional painters also feel that painting with oil based paints requires more effort with regards to preparation and application. One of the benefits of using oil based paint is that they can be applied in very cold weather. The long drying time of oil based paints, about twenty four hours before recoating, can mean that dirt and bugs get attached during the drying process, so care is essential to make sure the area around the painted surface remains dry and free of debris. Oil based paints fill in rough surfaces so if you aren’t bothered with a bit of dirt residue, these paints serve as a quicker alternative to the cleaning and glossing required for water or latex paints. Oil based paint has a very high gloss factor but it can also be prone to fading. Solvents like paint thinners are often needed, and this adds to the odour and fumes. Oil based paint is also flammable, and care needs to be taken to ensure safety throughout application. Older oil based paints contained very toxic chemicals such as lead, copper, arsenic and cobalt. Removing these paints requires specialised knowledge and care. Need more information about oil based paints in South Africa? Contact Warrior Paints...

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The advantages of using oil based paints

Paint can make such a big difference to the look and feel of any building. Most of us are unaware of the different types of paint available out there, which usually leads us to simply buy any type of paint (as long as it’s the right colour). Oil based paint in South Africa is one of the most popular paint types for various projects. Oil based paints hold many advantages over its water based counterpart: Cleaning: Cleaning walls can be a real headache. A wall painted with oil based paint is much easier to clean and keep clean than those painted with other types of paint. Oil based paint is also more resistant to stains than other types, meaning that it will be cleaned less often. Strength:  Oil based paint is in general a lot stronger than the competition. It is also more resistant to chips and marks. It is a good choice when you have to cover up some imperfections on the walls. Variety: Oil based paints are offered in a great variety of colours and finishes, ranging from high-gloss to matt and perfect for both interior and exterior walls. Depending on the type and finish you go for, you may not even require a under coat, saving you time and effort. Like all things in life there are also drawbacks. When considering oil based paint, you should also take note of the following: Oil based paint can discolour if applied over masonry. It also has a strong odour when newly applied and it is quite hard to touch up imperfections. Remember that this type of paint is also flammable so take the necessary safety precautions. Need an oil based paint supplier in South Africa? Contact Warrior Paints...

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