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Interior Oil Painting Tips

  • Oil based paint can be used on woodwork and trim to achieve a smooth and durable finish. But be aware that oil-based paints are impossible to touch up when dry without repainting the whole surface and are slower to dry.
  • Sweep the floor clear of debris, then spray on an oil-based primer coat. When dry, caulk and fill seams, nail holes, and other gaps. Spray two coats of oil-based paint and allow each to dry.
  • Cover freshly painted trim using a handmasker. If spraying the walls and/or ceiling in a new room, bag the trim to protect it from overspray.
  • Use a lambswool roller and/or a bristle brush for trim or paneling. Do brushwork before rolling and work in small enough sections to always have a wet edge. Roll or brush with the pattern of the wood grain. Look for runs and drips before they can occur.
  • Oil-based paint cures much faster than latex paint, but dries more slowly. Oil based paint dries from the inside out, curing on average within 12 hours.

Exterior Oil Painting Tips

  • Be aware that insects are drawn to the heavy odor of an oil-based paint and will get caught in the paint along with other airborne particles as the paint dries more slowly than a latex counterpart. The house surface must be dry before painting oil. Several consecutive dry days are needed beforehand, and a dry, still day for the painting. Oil-based paint is unsuitable for wood and brick. It works best on aluminum, metal, and vinyl.
  • Oil-based paint can be applied over latex paints and primers, or oil based paints. When used on new wood, use an oil-based primer as the first coat.
  • For spray equipment, use a smaller spray tip with oil-based paints than with latex paints because oil-based paint is less sticky. Mask and cover everything a long distance around the work area because the paint can drift on the air and still be wet upon landing. Use dropcloths to protect exposed landscape. For rolling and brushing, use quality lambskin rollers and bristle brushes.
  • Clean yourself and your equipment with mineral spirits or paint thinner. If the paint is dry, use a razor blade on smooth surfaces and acetone on others. Test the acetone to ensure it won't damage the underlying material.
  • Painting with oil based paint is generally not favored for either inside or outside house painting jobs, so follow these oil painting tips closely.

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