Lots of people are wondering about the use of oil paints these days. Check out this blog post to find out more!

First things first. How do you know if a paint is water based or oil based. I recommend that you read the instructions of how to clean the paint off as a clue as to what type of paint it is. If you are instructed to clean by using water, the paint is probably water-based. If they recommend a solvent instead, it is an oil-based paint.

So when should I use oil paint? When your hand is coming in contact with the wood surface you have painted. Water-soluble paints get compromised when exposed to oil that’s produced naturally by your skin.

One example is handrails and banisters. These come in contact with oily hands on frequently and if painted with a water-based paint, it will break down in no time at all. In this case, oil-based paints dry the hardest and are best to use.

If you’ve had any furniture in your kitchen or bedroom repainted and the finish is deteriorating just around the door handles, then it’s likely water based paint.

Oil paint deserves its reputation for being hazardous to the painter, it’s smelly, flammable and not healthy. It does have one major benefit however: durability. There are other circumstances where it can be used in industrial and commercial painting, but this is all I would consider using it for in residential.

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