Choice of Paint in St. Louis

The Many Choices of Paint

Anyone who has attempted a painting project can tell you that there are far more things to choose from than color when deciding how to paint a room. Choosing between a water-based and oil-based paint, an eggshell or flat finish, and adding effects like marbling and antiquing are all options that should be considered before a painting project begins.

The more you learn about the options available the more confusing a painting project can become. No one way is necessarily better than the other and just like choosing a color, it usually comes down to personal preference. By understanding what options are available and the details of the individual options, the homeowner will appreciate the completed painting service much more than if they were unaware of the choices available. In most cases, a basic service is all that is needed, but the available options are nice to know regardless of the ultimate choice.

Oil or Water-based for a St. Louis Painting Project


A water based paint can be either latex or acrylic. Compared to an oil-based paint, water-based paint is much easier to work with. The paint spreads much easier and clean up is a breeze. The paint can be used on all interior projects. Latex paint, comprised of polyvinyl acetate and/or acrylic resin are synthetic resins that hold up well in the long run. Pure acrylic paints are of higher substance than latex but cost more as well. The main problem with latex paints were that the quicker drying time did not allow for all brush strokes to smooth out. The concern is mostly eliminated with new and improved latex formulations.


Oil-based paints take longer to dry than water-based but spread more smoothly and provide a finish that holds up well with time. Clean up is much more rigorous and precautions must be taken to provide necessary ventilation during the painting service. When adding a decorative finish, oil based paints are much easier to work with due to its long drying time.

Making the choice between the two comes down to personal preference. An oil-based painting project will be much more complex and more expensive than a latex home painting project. The prep work and cleanup are more extensive and long lasting when oil is used. Latex paint will remain looking fresh for around three years while oil based paints can hold up for about ten years.
Volatile organic compounds, while more exist in oil based paints, are present in a lesser degree in latex paints. These compounds can create harmful air conditions and unsatisfactory smells. When factoring in cost and environmental considerations it should be understood that a latex painting service may be needed three times before another oil-based painting service is needed. While the initial costs may be more with an oil based paint, over time the service may less than initially realized. However, the frequency of latex applications allows the colors of a house to match the trends of the times. A favorite color usually does not last an entire decade.