What’s The Difference Between Water-Based And Oil-Based Paint?

In water-borne products, the thinner in the paint is water, whereas in solvent-borne paints, the thinner is a solvent. Water is a safer choice in terms of both the environment and the health of the painter. Particularly in the painting phase, the environmental impact of water-borne paints is smaller than those of solvent-borne paints. Due to the lower emissions, also the indoor air quality is better and the allergy risks are smaller. Water-borne products dry fast and are nearly odourless. The odour of solvent-borne products is stronger. Water-borne paints are better for your health because almost only water evaporates from them. From solvent-borne products, VOC compounds (Volatile Organic Compounds), i.e. solvent emissions, evaporate. The most significant harmful environmental effect of using paints is the evaporation of solvents, the VOC emissions, which are known to increase ground-level ozone formation and to enhance air pollution, for example.

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