The majority of surface applicants in the market today are water-based and are very popular. Essentially it means that they are manufactured quite specifically to only be thinned out using water instead of other solvents such as turpentine. Not only that, these surface applicants can also easily be cleaned out just with water. They are used in a way that is very much similar to how oil-based surface applicants are used and the difference is that it is much more convenient to remove the water-based surface applicants from brushes and palettes alike when it is not yet dry. Here are some great advantages on why you should use water-based surface applicants on your property.
They Do Not Need Chemicals to Clean Up
The biggest advantage perhaps of using water-based surface applicants as many good house painters will tell you, is the fact that they do not need any chemical solvents for cleaning purposes. There is almost always an emission of Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC when chemicals are used in the thinning out and application of surface applicants and consequently in cleaning up which water-based ones do not have.
They Have a Great Grip and Are Resistant
Water-based surface applicants also have a great grip that makes them hold on well to almost any surface. They are also very resistant to weather. Therefore it will not crack or dry out or even fade when exposed to sunlight. Water-based surface applicants also allow less space for mildew to thrive on it as compared to other varieties and the applicants also do not need any pre-treatment and can be used on any surface. They dry in less amount of time and do not have a strong smell like other varieties. They do not need as much ventilation as oil-based surface applicants do and they also do not have the knack of becoming brittle over time. They definitely have a lot more elasticity as well.
They Have Very Few Harmful Effects
Because water is the only medium that is being used here to bring colour to the surface that it’s being used on, as the applicant dries out, the solvent evaporates and leaves the pigment. Because in this case, the only thing being released is oxygen and hydrogen, there is a very minimal risk to humans and animals on the property. In the case of other surface applicants, there can be harmful effects because of mediums like turpentine that are used.
They Are Very Flexible and Cheap
Water-based surface applicants of both the emulsion and latex categories are really flexible. They take less than six hours to dry to perfection and retain a lot of the elasticity which is lost in the case of other varieties of surface applicants. The price is also a factor that is an advantage. They are much cheaper than other varieties of surface applicants and also are really environment-friendly.