A: Paint that can be thinned and cleaned up with water; used as a base for emulsion paints.
Q: What is an alkyd paint?
A: Synthetic resin paint that is an oil/latex "hybrid" paint. It can be applid over either latex or oil. Great for painting over oil in the conversion to latex (on a high sheen oil sanding and deglossing is still needed).
Q: What is an acrylic paint?
A: Synthetic resin that is present in most latex paints. It helps interior paints in adhesion, coverage and scrubability.
Q: Can you apply latex over oil base?
A: Generally, no. If the oil base is flat, it may adhere (on a clean surface). If the oil base has a sheen it will not adhere without sanding/deglossing, and applying special primer do avoid peeling.
Q: Can you apply oil over latex?
A: Yes. Interior and exterior.
Q: What will oil base white paint turn yellow?
A: Because the alkyd resins in oil-based paint cause the gradual yellowing of white and off-white colors.
Q: What can be done to paint latex over oil base paint?
A: A barrier coat of oil base flat primer on interior or exterior surfaces should be applied. Also, you can sand and "rough up" the surface, and/or apply a deglosser liquid (Sherwin Williams "Willbond" product is my prefered choice). This will aid adhesion of the latex.
Q: Is there a paint that is guaranteed not to mildew?
A: No, but there are "mildew resistant paints. Mildew is a living organism that can feed on all types of surfaces (except zinc and metal). You can kill mildew by washing with a mixture of household bleach and water (1 qt. bleach to 1 gal. water).
Q: Can you paint over mildew?
A: Yes, you can, but it's not advisable. Mildew will grow into the finish coat of paint. Mildew resistant paint is advised.
Q: Which is better, latex or oil stain, for future exposure?
A: Latex will retain its color for longer than oil base stain.
Q: Which company is best able to satisfy your painting needs?
A: Paint Masters Painting, of course!
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