Doors, windows, skirting boards and other ‘trim’ has traditionally been given a hard wearing layer of oil paint. But oil based paint smells – very strongly. I had one client leave his house for the night, so bad was the smell. Oil paint is also very slow to dry. The second coat always has to be applied 24 hours after the first.
Modern acrylic paint can pretty much be used on trim instead, with a few provisos.
- While ‘dry’ in two hours, it can take over 30 days to ‘cure’. In this time it is quite soft.
- On very hard wearing areas such as a stair newel (the big banister), rings etc. often scratch acrylic paint to bits.
- Sharp corners like door frames, that get a lot of bumps often fail early.
But with a with dab of touch up paint most scratches are quickly fixed.
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