Historically, solvent-based products have out-performed water-based, but technology has moved on, and there are plenty of high-performing alternatives on the market.
In the last 20 years, government regulators have recognised the need to reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being emitted into the atmosphere. These substances, which are present in high levels in solvent-based coatings, are toxic to human health and the environment. Paint manufacturers are now regulated on the VOC contents of their products, and decorative and refinishing industries are regulated on the amount of VOCs that they consume and emit. Solvent-based paints can no longer be the bread and butter of the coatings industry.
A water-based coating uses water as the liquifying agent instead of chemical solvents, so it emits fewer VOCs.
Using water-based paints brings benefits that go beyond complying with regulations:
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Not all water-based paints are low in VOCs, but the VOC 'count' is as low as possible. Which means fewer irritants and fewer irritations for you. Making decorating less harmful for both you and the environment. Compared to solvent based paints the VOC reduction is considerable.
Water based paints have far fewer VOC's but they still have some. Therefore although far less than solvent paints water based paint fumes can be considered safe after 2-3 days maximum.
No, water based is not graded as harmful or hazardous in the same way that solvent based paints are and is therefore not regulated in the same way.
Initially on launch water based took longer to dry than solvent based paints especially in high humidity and lower temperatures. As water based technology is increasing this drying gap has been reduced to virtually the same as solvents and water based paints do es have the advantage of retaining sheen throughout its lifetime.
No, Never, Absolutely not even once. The golden rule painters never break is that oil and water do not mix. Placing a water based topcoat on top of an oil based primer will result in peeling, and delaminating paint very quickly.
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