What Is Solvent-Based Paint: A Painter and Decorator's Guide
As a professional painter and decorator, I have painted with every type of paint out there. The two main types of paint are water-based and solvent-based paints.
In this article, I will look at what solvent-based paint is, what it’s made of and used for, and how it differs from water-based paint.
What is Solvent-Based Paint?
A solvent-based paint, also known as oil-based paint, is a type of paint that contains pigments, binders, and organic solvents.
The pigments are the fine particles that give the paint its colour. Binders are like glue; they hold the pigment particles together and form a solid film when the paint dries. Solvents are a special type of liquid that acts as carriers for pigments and binders.
Solvents keep the paint liquid, making it easier for painters to apply paint smoothly onto surfaces. As the paint dries, these solvents evaporate, leaving behind a vibrant and durable coating.