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3 Reasons to Use a Water-Based Gloss Paint on Your Trims

In the past, people traditionally used oil-based gloss paints to paint their trims. These hard-wearing paints worked well on doors, door frames, windows and skirting boards.

While you can stick with this option now if you wish, you should also consider using water-based gloss paints for trim work. These paints work like older glosses; however, they have some extra advantages. What are they? 

1. Water-Based Gloss Paints Don't Yellow

While an oil-based gloss paint will look great to start with, these paints don't always age well. They stay resilient, but their oil base can make them change colour over the years.

For example, a bright white skirting board might start to yellow as the paint ages. The skirting board will look duller. It might not complement other paint colours in your room but might stand out in a negative way. So, you might need to repaint the area to freshen it up and make it look white again.

Water-based gloss paints tend to hold their colour better for longer. They shouldn't yellow to the same degree as oil-based paints. You won't have to paint your trims as often to keep them looking good.

2. Water-Based Gloss Paints Don't Leave Strong Smells Behind

If you've ever used an oil-based gloss paint before, then you'll know that these paints have strong odours. They give off a strong smell as you paint. This smell lasts for a while. Even when the paint is technically dry, you'll still be able to smell it for a while. You might not want to use a room that smells this strongly for a couple of days.

Water-based trim paints don't give out this level of odour. They don't create a long-lasting acrid smell. Any smell they do have dissipates a lot faster.

3. Water-Based Gloss Paints Dry Faster

Traditional gloss paints take a long time to dry. Their oil base increases their drying time. This also increases the time it takes to finish your painting job.

For example, if you're using two coats on a window frame, then you have a long wait for the first coat to dry before you can apply the second coat. You can't add a coat when the paint is even the slightest bit wet without affecting the surface finish.

This also means that you have to be more careful around a freshly painted piece of trim. You might forget that the paint is wet and touch it accidentally. This mars the surface, and you might have to sand down marks and imprints and start over.

Water-based gloss paints dry more quickly. You can paint your trims faster and avoid accidental damage to the surface when it is wet.

To learn more, ask your painter for advice.