- Latex Paints
- Latex paints are a class of paints
usually made by mixing different pigments and binders in
water. Clean up with warm soapy water, shorter drying
time, and low odor are the most notable features of
Latex paints are popular for a few good reasons:
- They quickly dry to the touch (half an hour in a typical interior application).
- They have less odor than oil/alkyd paint.
- Tools can be cleaned with soap and warm water.
- They retain their sheen/gloss longer.
- They retain their color longer.
- They are more flexible than oil based paint.
- They are V.O.C. compliant. (V.O.C.'s are Volatile Organic Compounds) which are the amounts of unstable components let off into the atmosphere during use of a product. Regulations of V.O.C. are in effect to help reduce pollution. Latex paint is the least detrimental to the environment.
- Latex paints resist blistering and peeling because they do not trap moisture.
Latex paints use water to make the paint easier to spread. Microscopic pores allow water vapor to pass through the dried paint film. Because of this "breathing" ability, moisture is less likely to build up between the paint and the surface