Painting Trim: BS Satin Impervo vs. SW ProClassic Oil Enamel

carrie_eileenAugust 31, 2011

I know this has been rehashed a million times, and I've been reading through a ton of posts. Long story short: We are painting several built-ins and the trim in our house white.

We've had four estimates. Three painters insisted on oil-based enamel - either Ben Moore or the SW Pro-Classic. The fourth guy said that he really only works with the water-based Satin Impervo. The oil guys say it's the only way to go; the other guy says that the Impervo is an excellent product and what he uses. We really liked this guy.

I have the ProClassic in my kitchen and though the fumes nearly killed me, it's hard as a rock. Any of you Satin Impervo people have any thoughts to share? This would go on trim, built in china hutches and a fireplace mantle with books shelves. I've heard rumors of it being "sticky" . . .

Thanks in advance for any insight. I called the Ben Moore guy and he said old school guys insist on oil, but at some point these kinds of paints will be phased out.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Satin Impervo Waterborne for me. Oil is great also but it yellows over time , smells bad and is a pain in the butt to clean up, and the waterborne looks and feels just like the oil, so there you go.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 5:30AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
paintguy1

There is a third option, BM Advance. It's a water based alkyd. It applies and flows like SI but low VOC and little smell. Still takes a while to fully cure and may yellow slightly (not an issue unless you are going with white) but has the look of SI. Whatever you choose, let the shelves and mantle cure thoroughly (a few weeks) before you put anything on them.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 7:55AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
fatwok

I'm trying to decide between oil Impervo and Advance for the trims. They've been primed with BM Alkyd primer. The color will be cream white. I don't care about drying time, smell, or yellowing. Which one is going to have a more smooth and tough surface? oil or advance? only considering BM because there's a store 2 blocks away. Thanks guys.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 1:48AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

take you're pick

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 4:44AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
andersons21

I painted my mantle and fireplace surround with Satin Impervo, and it looks lovely. However, for durability for doors, baseboards, trim that will get scuffed and cleaned, NO waterbased finish that I have tested even comes close to alkyd enamel. We have a very light off-white alkyd enamel on door or trim that has not yellowed in rooms with windows. In rooms without any windows at all, it yellowed slightly.

I've painted some items that needed to hold up to extreme wear conditions (UV rays, salt water, extreme abrasion, plus the paint needed to bond to a surface designed to be solvent- and abrasion-resistant). I used alkyd enamel and the best acrylics I could find, and there was absolutely no comparison.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2012 at 4:55PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Help with paint color!
My sunroom is BM Chili Pepper, the dining room is BM...
mererx
What colour to paint/stain stairs?
We have the golden oak stairs (see pic) and are wanting...
abbabug
Can I use exterior latex paint in the broom closet?
I want to paint a small broom closet with paint I have...
caroline94535
Paint for basement stairs
I'm planning to repaint my basement stairs. Is SW Porch...
corgimum
Looking for creamy light gold paint. Anyone?
Want to paint using a really light creamy color with...
jtaime2
Sponsored Products
Divi Satin Nickel One-Light Halogen Wall Sconce with Blue Cloud Glass
$153.00 | Bellacor
"Midsummer" Oil Painting - MULTI COLORS
$1,765.00 | Horchow
Scheherazade 3 Tier Geometric Suspension
Lightology
Trex Dining Furniture Surf City Textured Silver 6-Piece Patio Dining Set with
Home Depot
Art Virtuoso Old Italy Framed Art Print-P2372B-05000
Beyond Stores
Studio Designs Deluxe Rolling Drafting Table Station - 13251
$117.99 | Hayneedle
Nose to Nose Tiger Giclee Art Base Table Lamp
$99.99 | Lamps Plus
Sunshine Floral Canvas-Triple
$375.00 | FRONTGATE
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™