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Latex Paint

Below is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of latex and oil-based paints. We would typically use latex under most conditions, but maybe your specific need would require an oil-based paint.

Advantages Disadvantages
Fast drying Shrinks more when drying, creating more surface stress
Better fade resistance More temperature sensitive, needs warmer temps
More chalk-resistant Less adhesion to dirt
Breathes with less blistering Can stain with water-soluble contamination
Retains flexibility longer Softer, normally not used in high traffic areas
Better on alkaline surfaces like masonry
Will not yellow
Resists mildew better
Cleans-up with water
Good on galvanized metal