Latex primer will eventually chip and peel from stained wood surfaces in the home. For reference, window seat base is MDF that has been coated with semi glass paint .. and it just keeps getting dirty. Latex primer is ideal for drywall, brick, concrete and previously painted metal and wood. In a lot of ways, I prefer those old paints. Zolton Cohen | Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette. I’m trying to restore all of my house’s wooden double hung windows and had to buy Kilz 2 interior/exterior latex primer. This feature is especially important on an older home, like yours, where the siding was undoubtedly not primed on the back. Box 2007, Kalamazoo, MI 49003. After I painted months later the white paint started having yellow here and their like in blotches or spots and the nails we used turned rusted. In these high traffic areas, latex paints peel or scuff too easily and don’t clean as well as their oil-based cousins, so, as of today, there’s really no contest for me. Thinking about two options att his point 1) use oil based paint, with primer? The landscape of painting has been changing quickly since the introduction of latex paint by Sherwin Williams in 1941.

© 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. They will bond to either, and are the recommended base coat for both a latex or oil topcoat. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Yes. Blocking is when two painted surfaces stick together. I want you to think very carefully about this complex scientific formula I’m about to give you: Have you got it? If that’s the case with your house, an oil-based primer is the way to go. The best way to stop that bleed is with Pigmented shellac primer. With easier clean-up, lower VOCs, and ever improving performance, I would wager that in my lifetime we may sadly see the end of oil-based paints for anything other than an artist’s palette. Your email address will not be published. Write to Zolton B. Cohen, Around the House, P.O. Here’s why: Oil-based primer, while it may penetrate the wood fibers better than latex, continues to harden over time. A tack cloth should be used to remove sawdust from wood surfaces. As far as paint technology has come, they still have not figured out how to make a latex paint as hard and smooth as oil paints. The problem is it bleeds through and took 6 coats if paint after 2 coats if primer, would I have been better off using sm oil based primer?
Most are now 100% acrylic, which is a big improvement over their predecessors. I have Dual Glaze to reglaze my window panes, but since it contains linseed oil, can I use Dual Glaze over Kilz 2 interior/exterior latex primer? Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. No matter how much they >improve the formulations and technology, they are still based on water suspension, and anytime you put water on metal, >you have the potential for creating rust.”, I plan on painting my factory painted aluminum roof which paint should use. “Should I use oil or latex paint?” It’s a question I get asked a lot. I do think that cheap primers don't … introduction of latex paint by Sherwin Williams. No matter how much they improve the formulations and technology, they are still based on water suspension, and anytime you put water on metal, you have the potential for creating rust. Hi. I don’t know whether it is not having used the right paint or is it the MDF. I have tried both oil and latex exterior primers and haven't seen one out perform the other in exterior applications. While we’ve gotten a vastly improved selection of higher performing latex paints, our options of oil paints that still perform like they did before regulation changed their formulation to less effective coatings is now minuscule. However, there are certain surfaces around the home that will reject latex primers. When the wood alternately swells and contracts when exposed to changing humidity, heat from summer sun, or cold and dry winter air, the primer starts to crack under the paint. Inadequate cleaning can lead to primer adhesion problems. But it is highly recommended that you follow those practices anyway to avoid contaminating yourselves, your family and your neighbors. For hundreds of years, paint was mixed on site by the local painters adding a little linseed oil, colorant (usually lead), some whiting and driers. Copyright 2020 Leaf Group Ltd. All Rights Reserved. We have an infrared paint heater and know how to use it to remove the paint all the way down to the bare wood. I live in South Florida and I want to repaint my garage floor. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.
Because we only want to do this job once in our lives, we’re interested in putting the best primer on the wood so the paint job will last a long time, not just a year or two, as was the case in the past. The thinking was that the oil-based primer penetrated the wood fibers better than a latex primer, ensuring a firmer bond and thus a longer lasting paint job.

While I did mention that windows, doors, and woodwork are the items I prefer to paint with a good oil-based enamel, these items could just as easily be painted with water-based paints. Is it better to use an oil based paint vs latex? For decades, the professional paint preparation protocol was to prime unpainted wood with oil-based primer and then topcoat it with at least two coats of latex paint. Manufacturers have focused on improving their lines of latex paint and neglected their oil paints other than the reformulation occasionally required to keep them in compliance with new regulations. Any one in particular that you recommend? Their ingredients were simpler and hard to compare to modern paints. What do you recommend? Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. Oil-based enamels provide for a glassy smooth finish and are as hard as nails, but the biggest advantage to me is that once dry, they prevent blocking. Primer is generally only required for unfinished surfaces like bare metal, wood, plastic, vinyl and fiberglass. We used osb board for the walls and ceilings. Lead paint covered very well with fewer coats, the lead prevented mildew growth (a major problem on oil-based paints today), and it gave the paints extraordinary flexibility to help them last a long, long time. If you’re able to sand any weathered areas back to bright wood, or if the siding isn’t weathered, then latex primer is probably the better bet. I have decided to first paint it with zinc chromate primer and later on painting with synthetic enamel oil based paint …will it be okay? In addition, latex primer offers greater compatibility with interior paints. I have painted my walls and ceilings with a water based paint. It’s important to brush it over clean, bright wood, and apply only under the atmospheric conditions (temperature, humidity and sunlight exposure) specified by the manufacturer. I’ll refer to these paints as water-based paint from here on out, because that’s a better description of what they are, and that name plays into their biggest advantage. You need the security of a good bond with your primer, and oil-based primers have excellent adhesion and are the best option when changing from oil to latex or latex to oil. He has been writing professionally since 1999. So, the bottom line is that latex primer is the way to go — if you use it correctly and use a good brand. Oil-based paints made before the mid 1800s were a completely different breed. I was at The Home Depot today and wanted some Kilz 2 Complete oil based primer and they told me that no oil based paint or primer is allowed to be sold in Pennsylvania. Good! Subscribe to

Metal is not a good candidate for latex paint which is water based. There really isn’t a place today where a water-based paint can’t be used. I’m painting kitchen cabinets. Thank you! When I paint windows, doors, and trim I want the hardest, least tacky, and most durable surface I can get, and that is usually an oil-based enamel. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). Oil-based enamels provide for a glassy smooth finishand are as hard as nails, but the biggest advantage to me is that once dry, they prevent bloc… As a homeowner doing the work, you are not subject to the new EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) ruling mandating steps to protect home residents and workers from exposure to lead paint. Learn how your comment data is processed. Ideal for covering just about any surface, including wood, … Zolton Cohen is a Kalamazoo-based newspaper columnist and former American Society of Home Inspectors-certified home inspector. With the advent of premixed oil paints in the mid-1800s, paint manufacturers began to rapidly improve the consistency and quality of their oil-based paints. Pls suggest. It’s not a battle of oil vs latex, because they both have their place. But while I’m alive, I’ll be showing people the benefits and nuances of working with oils because I feel there is still a place for them in our homes. By the early 1900s, oil paints were incredible products that leveled beautifully, created hard durable finishes, and held up to the harshest conditions. It is flexible enough to move with the wood as it expands and contracts with the seasons. Need exclusive stories only we can tell?

I love old houses, working with my hands, and teaching others the excitment of doing it yourself! All rights reserved (About Us). I really need to know what will be best for me to use on my walls and ceilings for white paint either latex or oil based paint? It eventually becomes inflexible and brittle. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Rusted metal in and around the home requires an oil-based red oxide primer to effectively prevent recurrence.

But that is only my opinion. Although oil-based primer can be used on these types of surfaces, it is generally not preferred, because it is incompatible with latex paint. My use of oil-based paint has largely been limited to enamels in recent years because no matter how hard I search, I cannot find a latex paint with the same performance as a good old-fashioned oil-based enamel. I’ve got a question about covering lacquer finished trim that is 70 years old, I started by deglossing and in some cases sanding down the really oxidized areas then I primed it will kills 2 and painted with latex. A: For decades, the professional paint preparation protocol was to prime unpainted wood with oil-based primer and then topcoat it with at least two … Linseed oil paints could be renewed again and again over the years without scraping and stripping. I’m a general contractor working in historic restoration, a #1 Amazon best selling author, and I’m here to show you how you can do-it-yourself!

That’s the only thing I’ve found to work consistently. Surface preparation is vital to primer adhesion. Unfurnished exterior wood surfaces should be coated with acrylic latex primer, because it offers greater elasticity as a defense against varying weather conditions. Are there better options sometimes? Everything is teachable if you only give it the chance.

Can this primer be used successfully on my old wood windows? He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma. Pam, Galvanized iron sheet roof of our office is getting rusted due to heavy rainfall (>5000 mm). It makes for an incredibly effective paint. The reality is that today, water-based paints are usually a better choice for most common painting situations like: The list may seem short, but if you think about it, that encompasses almost everything on a house. Anticorrosive metal primers or DTM (direct-to-metal) paints are just a couple. There weren’t as many color options or sheen options, but the really old school paints were excellent at what they did and were some of the greenest products way before green was cool.

Oil vs latex, the two paints are very different, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. They are water clean up! This happens on doors and windows, and usually results in ugly gummy corners on doors.