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Monday, November 28, 2011

Household vs Marine Paint

Ok, this is sort of a rant...

I had read, and been told personally, a few times, that for interior paint, don't bother with 'marine' enamels. Instead, save the money and get a good oil based household paint from a local hardware or paint store.

Well, I did just that. The base cabinets (shown here early this year) were painted with household oil paint. While the paint has stood up well to some abuse, there is one area where marine paints have an advantage: drying time.

One coat of household oil based primer or topcoat, even in 70 degree (F) temperatures, can take more than 24 hours to completely dry. Marine paints, like the Interlux enamels, can be dry in less than 12 hours.

I am not always in a hurry, but waiting on paint to dry can be really frustrating.


Erick said...

Good to know! Which paint did you use, if you don't mind me asking?

I was planning on Rustoleum for my interior. They make a Marine top-side paint, but I was planning on just using their oil based protective enamel.

robert s said...

Erick, its a hardware store chain brand. Like Ace Hardware. There may be better stuff out there. I would buy a quart and run a test before going with it. Just in case.