18th Aug 2021

There are various advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of both water and oil-based paints. Since these can vary for the type of task to be undertaken, an understanding of the pro’s and cons can help to identify which is the best paint to use. For a quick example, oil-based paint is best for windows, as it prevents them from sticking when opened and closed.

With any painting project, using the correct quality and type of brush is essential to achieve the best finish. There are many types of brushes available and it of course makes sense to use the most suitable brush for the task. At Hamilton Decorating Tools we have a selection of brushes and rollers for every job.

Pro’s of Water-based paint.

With Zero odour, decorating is a more pleasant experience with water-based paint, especially with it being much easier to apply and having a faster drying time.

The Cleaning of brushes, rollers, and any spills are very easy as only soap and water are required rather than any special cleaners and it is therefore easier to maintain the brushes and rollers in a quick efficient fashion.

With water-based paint, the finished result is very resistant to cracking from the surface contracting, and external areas are less likely to fade with extended exposure to ultraviolet.  However there are some areas to be aware of…:

Cons of water-based paint. 

The finish achieved with water-based paint is prone to chipping and damage from impact and scuffing. Whilst Matt and silk finishes are very effective, a gloss finish is not very shiny and it is virtually impossible to achieve a mirror finish. Although the brushes are easier to clean using only soap and water, this can reduce their useful life. For water-based paints we would suggest Hamilton synthetic brushes leaving a consistently smooth finish.  Hamilton have a range of synthetic brushes designed for the task in hand, including angledprecision and window brushes.

Pro’s of oil-based paints. 

With oil-based paints, it is possible to achieve a smooth high gloss or even mirror finish whilst showing a minimum of brush strokes, and that surface is able to withstand substantial wear and tear from knocks and scuffs.

The surface will also withstand environmental factors such as the change in temperature and humidity with minimum damage.

Cons of oil-based paint. 

The main disadvantage of oil-based paint is the strong odour, which is quite invasive, and the paint does take significantly longer to dry, so care is required with any dusty work, and ensuring that nothing is likely to make contact with the wet surface.

With time, the paint hardens and is therefore subject to splitting, especially if the underlying surface, such as wood, shrinks. External surfaces that have extensive exposure to ultraviolet can be affected over time, resulting in a chalky and dull effect. We would recommend the Pure Bristle brush from the Hamilton Perfection range to leave you with a flawless finish and for windows, the Pure Bristle Window Brush.


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