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Solvent/Oil or Water-Based Paint Wood & Metal Paint – Which is best?

The choice of finishes for internal and external woodwork used to be simple because the options were limited. Nowadays, you have a bewildering range of products at your disposal to suit just about every situation.

In simple terms water based paint is designed using the latest technology to make decorating less of a hassle with the added benefits of it being more environmentally friendly too. Here are some benefits of water based paints:

  • Self-undercoating
  • Easy to apply
  • Low odour
  • Quick drying
  • Long lasting
  • Non-yellowing

Solvent based paint is the more traditional choice of the two and provides fewer key benefits:

  • Tough & durable
  • Professional finish
  • Easy to apply 


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Disclaimer: Tikkurila UK Paint Calculator is provided as a guide only. The coverage rates will vary depending on surface being coated and the particular product range being used. More information on these products can be found on the cans, on the technical data sheets on individual product pages, by using our live chat service or by calling our technical team on 0131 334 4999.

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