Advance Interior Alkyd
Advance is an interior paint product that is created with a 100% water dispersible alkyd formula. This paint uses proprietary Benjamin Moore resins that have been designed to keep the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) low even after the paint has been tinted. This paint formula offers all the benefits of an oil based paint with an up to date water based paint. Let’s take a closer look at Advances waterborne alkyd paints.
Advance paint basics
The Advance alkyd paint formula features will help the painter to achieve a more thorough paint application. The open time is extended because the paint flows and levels like the traditional alkyd paints that many people are used to. But, Advance paint will deliver a high end result, and the superior quality of this paint will make a clean up with soap and water simple. Advance is available is a wide variety of colors, so it’s easy to get the interior finish that you always wanted. There are four available finishes, they are Primer, Semi-Gloss, High-Gloss, and Satin. Why Choose Alkyd Paints? A regular alkyd paint is commonly known as a solvent-borne or oil based paint. These traditional alkyd paints former a harder glossy painted surface that’s popular because it’s easier to clean and it will resist a certain amount of water, chemicals and scratching. Alkyd paints are often used for doors, cabinets, floors, trim, furniture and commercial wall coverings. Professional painters enjoy using them because they adhere to most surfaces and they level out to cover small uneven surface issues and hide brush or roller marks. The painted surface will eventually cure to provide a smooth surface that even a latex paint product cannot achieve.
The disadvantages of standard alkyd paints
Despite their superior coverage and smooth surface results, alkyd paints do have some disadvantages. A standard alkyd paint usually contains flammable solvents that are potentially toxic, and they can emit elevated levels of VOCs. During the paint application process ventilation is needed to keep the painters safe from the paint fumes. When it’s time for cleanup a petroleum distillate will be needed and any excess alkyd paint will need to be treated as hazardous waste for disposal purposes.
Advance Paints: oil and water can mix
When you use the new Advance paints, you will quickly notice that oil and water can mix. These waterborne alkyd paints offer the superior performance of standard alkyd paint, with virtually no solvents and far less VOCs. The solvent for both latex and waterborne alkyd paints is water, but these two paint types cure in very different ways. A latex paint contains small vinyl acetate or acrylic particles that coalesce to form a semi-permeable film when the water evaporates. When this film dries it can be recoated a few hours later, but the surface is soft, and this makes it vulnerable to damage until the surface is fully cured. This is a problem because it could take up to a month for a latex paint surface to fully cure. An Advance alkyd paint uses a polyester resin; this reacts with oxygen, and it then cures to form a hard vapor impermeable coating. An alkyd painted surface can be sanded and additional coats applied after around 24 hours. The paint is already hard enough to continue working with at this point, and it will continue to cure through the lifespan of the paint.
The use of alkyd paint
Because the binder in an alkyd paint is a strong resin, it is very resistant to damage. Therefore, many people use them in high traffic areas of their homes such as hallways. The resin binder is also resistant to moisture; therefore, it is a good paint for use in the kitchen or bathroom. People with children often like alkyd paints in areas where the children will be playing. Latex paint isn’t quite as durable as many types of alkyd paint. Furthermore, alkyd paint retains its sheen for much longer than other types of paint. Due to the strong adherence of the resin binder, you can actually apply alkyd paint over a latex paint. You can also apply it over unfinished wood. If you want to paint an area without as much preparation or without stripping the old paint, alkyd paint is your best option.
When considering alkyd paint, you should be aware of a few drawbacks. Namely, alkyd paint is more toxic for the environment than water-based paints. Also, alkyd paints are more likely to spatter than latex or true oil paints. Therefore, you need to be more careful when you are applying the paint. Also, make sure you tape or cover with drop cloths anything you don’t want to get painted. Alkyd paint is not the best paint for every application, but when it’s appropriate, it’s one of the best options.