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When to Use Oil-based Paint

With the advent of easy-to-use water-based paints in the 1950s and greater restrictions on high-VOC solvents, the use of oil-based paints in the U.S. has been steadily shrinking. Even so, oils have a gloss, smoothness, dirt resistance, and hardness that no latex can match. So it still makes sense to use them in certain outdoor applications: doors, wrought iron, and trim, as well as details that will be touched, closely examined, or that deserve a standout shine. Oil's toughness also makes it ideal for porch floors.

Shown: Dusky Blue in Porch and Floor Enamel, about $65 per gallon; Benjamin Moore
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