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What is oil-based paint used for nowadays?

What is oil-based paint used for nowadays?

Throughout the years, painters used to recommend using oil-based paint because they tend to adhere much better while leaving almost no brush mark. Added durability and outstanding overall sheen compared to water-based or latex paint. However, oil-based paints also have their own drawbacks and concerning issues that wary most consumers. Since we have been in the industry for more than two decades, we support the use of more eco-friendly products for our painting projects. Here’s some information to serve as your guide if you plan on purchasing paint.

Oil-based mixtures tend to leave a very strong odor and a lot of research indicates that fumes coming from it can cause serious environmental and health issues especially if you’re not taking the proper health and safety precaution. 

At the project site during the application of oil-based paint, it is a must to have some thinner, turpentine, and mineral spirits. These items must be present to help control the application of the paint with regard to paint thickness, imperfections, and spills. Keep in mind that these additional chemicals will also cost money so your expenses will also go up every time you work with oil-based mixtures especially if your contractor is not very efficient. That said, it pays to have a proven & very experienced painter do the job for you to ensure top quality.

Due to its oil-related characteristics, the paint will most certainly take time to dry and will be harder to clean if you make a mistake during application. The drying process can even take weeks depending on factors like Paint mil thickness and the coating process itself. This will eat a lot of time, effort, and especially money so we highly recommend you contact GetPro Painting to take care of it for you. 

Nowadays, thanks to the ever-growing technology and paint manufacturers, water-based paint today is on par with the outstanding finish of oil-based paint produces without the negative effects and it is less expensive. Those are just some of the reasons why consumers prefer the new water-based paint. We also made an article with regards to When to use oil-based and water-based paint, so you can make the right choice.

You can still use oil-based paints today, but only on small projects that won’t cause major hazards in the environment such as furniture, tool sheds, and garages especially if you have some old paints still lying around from previous old projects. Always use proper equipment and procedures when handling and applying oil-based paints and be sure to work in a well-ventilated environment.

Working on a project and choosing the best type of paint to get the best and most durable result can be achieved with enough research and information which can be stressful and time-consuming at times. That is why we recommend consulting professionals like GetPro Painting for we know how to recommend the best solutions to your painting problems and get things done. If you need any assistance, you can email us at or call us at (734) 822-9595 for a free quotation on any of your painting projects today.

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