Alkyd Paint

Painting Over Alkyd Paint

What is Alkyd Paint?

Alkyd paint is an enamel finish that is similar in consistency to that of oil paints. However, alkyd paint contains no oil and behaves differently than oil in many ways. Alkyd paint is not typically used on walls and is more commonly found to be used on metal or wood. Alkyd paint is tougher than oil paint, which is great for a surface that needs something more durable. The final result of an alkyd painted wall is a hard, semi-gloss finish. However, this can be the downside to using it on the walls of one’s home if you do not want a long-lasting paint that is harder to remove or paint over. Whether you are interested in painting over alkyd paint in your home or any other surface, there are a few different types of paint that you can use. The type of paint you choose will determine how long the process will take.



Repainting with Latex Paint  or Water-based Paint

Latex Paint

If you were thinking of using latex paint such as acrylic paint to go over your alkyd paint layer, you may want to reconsider. While it is perfectly fine to paint alkyd paint over latex, the same cannot be said for latex over alkyd. Because of alkyd paint’s glossy surface, there is not enough texture for a new layer of paint to hold onto. If you are deadset on painting over with latex paint, you will need to paint a layer of primer first to increase the likelihood of paint adherence. This will increase your painting time, but worth it if you really want to use latex paint.


Another thing that differentiates alkyd paint from other forms of paint is that it is soluble in mineral spirits and alcohol. Water-based paints do not require solvents of any kind, because the pigment carrier is water. If you choose to paint over alkyd or oil-based paint with water-based paint, you will have to remove the gloss before any new application. This is easiest done with a fine-grit sandpaper. Make sure to dust and wash the wall that you plan to paint, as any dirt and grime left over will affect the new layer of paint’s adherence to your wall. You will also need to prime the wall before painting as you would with latex paint. Lastly, when painting water-based over alkyd or oil-based, you will need at least two coats of paint to evenly cover the layer beneath.


One thing to keep in mind is that water-based and latex paints have quicker drying time. They take about 30 minutes to dry to touch. This can be a big “pro” for those in a time crunch, but also keep in mind that you will still need to prime and sandpaper the glossy areas that you would like to paint over with latex or water-based paint. 



Repainting with Alkyd or Oil-based Paints


Painting over alkyd with another alkyd paint or oil-based paint is recommended for best looking results. Alkyd and oil-based paints are very thick and adhere nicely to a wall that has already been painted with alkyd or oil-based paints. The results will look very polished and high quality. The downside to using these types of paints is that they can be harmful if not painted in a ventilated area and the supplies disposed of properly.



Hiring Professional Painters

professional painters

Painting doesn’t have to be a one-person job. While it is important to research before making painting decisions, hiring professionals will take the guesswork out of the equation. When you hire Pro Painters, an A+ rated business by the Better Business Bureau, you know you are getting top quality work from professionals who know what they are doing. If you are unsure of what kind of paint to use, the pros can help with decisions like this. For a painting job done timely and efficiently the right way, you can count on the pros.