Before buying paints, it’s wise to know their composition and how they will stand up to se. Keep in mind that terms like “flat,” “semi-gloss,” “luster,” and “satin” indicate how a paint reflects light-not its durability.
* Oil-based paints: - Sometimes called alkyds when a synthetic resin is used instead of natural oils, these paints are durable and hold up to repeated scrubbings. An oil-based paint is an excellent choice for heavy traffic areas: it is especially good for areas that will be “handled,” such as railings and windowsills. Oil-based paints resist moisture better than most water-based paints, so one can select them for bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where water and high humidity are present.
Oil-based paints take longer to dry than water-based formulas. Also, oil paints will reveal imperfections, so nicks and dents in woodwork should be filled before you paint.
* Water-based paints:- These are easier to work with, give off less fumes during application, Most are made with latex and dry quickly.
Water-based paints are a good choice for bedrooms, the living room, the dining room, and other areas that don’t get a lot of wear and tear.