Comparison of Oil-base paint and Water-base paint

In 1992, we installed a fence around the Chateau on the Green Condos, near the Salt Lake City Zoo. The Chateau contractor requested an oil primer and an oil-base finish coat custom color.  In that same year, we installed 100 feet of fence and two driveway gates on the Wilson’s home located at 7200 S. and 1300 W.    On the Wilson’s property, we painted with Valley Paint products an oil primer and a water-base finish.

Only two (2) years later, the Chateau on the Green condo’s manager called and asked what they could do about their fence looking like it was 50 years old.  My suggestions were to either re-prime and paint with a water base, or repaint it with another coat of oil paint.

In comparison, eight (8) years later, the Wilson’s fence still looked great, because they used a water-base finish.  In 2002, the Wilson’s built town homes on the same property where we built their iron fences; and the color of the original iron fence was not matching the town home color scheme.  We did not have to repaint them.  But to make the town homes more appealing, we removed the panels and repainted them with a different water-base color.  The City of West Jordan also required us to install another 100 ft of the same style of iron fence. We painted all the new fence using the same procedure: oil primer and water-base finish. This procedure was also applied to all of the iron deck railings, entrance rails, hand rails, wall scrolls, and light poles on the project.

You can visit the Milky Hollow project today (April 2013) and see that the iron fences, iron railings, and other iron work still look great.

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