Remember Back To Your High School Visual Arts Classes?

Even if you attended high school before the digital age, you had many mediums to choose from for the creation your artworks. You have a similar variety of choices available to you for your home painting project.

There are various paint brands, colours, finishes and glosses to choose from for home decorating. So it’s important that you understand the differences between various painting mediums and what they can achieve. Two of these painting mediums include acrylic paint and oil based paint.


How To Use Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is often used for the interior of a property, due to being free from harsh toxins. It’s the perfect paint to apply to large surfaces inside your home or business, such as walls and ceilings. It’s also commonly used for the property exterior.


Acrylic Paint Is Easy To Clean

Acrylic paint is water-based, so it’s much easier for the painter to wash their brushes when they’re done with painting for the day.

Being a water-based medium, if there’s a spill on a surface that’s not supposed to be covered, it’s easy to wipe away the spillage with a damp cloth.


Acrylic Paint Dries Quickly

You’ll be enjoying your newly painted space in no time at all, because acrylic paint dries quickly. Another advantage of acrylic paint’s speedy drying time is that you can explore more creative home decorating possibilities.

Maybe you have a toddler or a child, or you just want to brighten up another room of your house… The versatility of acrylic paint means you can include a variety of colours, stencils or other artistic effects like drip painting or splatter painting within your room design. Because acrylic paint is relatively thin, the creative liberties you take with your paintwork will be easy to paint over once it’s time for the next tenant or owner to move in.


Using Oil Based Paint

Oil based paint is more toxic than acrylic paint. Unlike acrylic paint, it’s flammable and unable to be thinned with water. It’s wise to use oil based paint more sparingly throughout the paintwork within your property. Oil based paint can emit a toxin known as Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs for short.

These toxins can be harmful to your health as they can trigger asthma and eye irritation, amongst other symptoms. If you’re hesitant to use oil based paint, consider asking your painter about acrylic alternatives instead.


Oil Based Paint Is Durable

One of the main benefits of oil based paint is the fact that it’s much more durable than acrylic paint. Being a tougher paint, the downside is that it’s a little harder to clean up. Your painter needs to use a paint thinner to properly wash up after using oil based paint.


Where To Use Oil Based Paint

Because of the durability of oil based paint, it’s best used on areas that are prone to more wear and tear than other areas of a property. Oil based paint is best suited to areas like door trims, wall trims and skirtings. These areas of your property are small spaces to cover, so it won’t be too costly to paint and won’t take too long to dry.


Avoid Oil Based Paint In Damp Buildings

It’s also important to note that oil based paint is conducive to the growth of mildew. To prevent damp-related issues, your painting contractor should only apply oil based paint within a building that is dry and structurally sound.

Oil based paint has lost popularity over the years, due to it’s harmful properties. Oil based paint is still used today, but precautions need to be taken. Acrylic paint comes in many forms. This means it’s a flexible medium and can be used throughout the interior and exterior of your property.