New Waterborne Alkyd Enamels

A latex oil? How does that work?

TigerOx Painting's most recent interior project has allowed us to try out some low-VOC paints, because the customer specified their use. Low-VOC paints have below 50 grams per liter of VOCs, and a blog entry about VOCs can be found here. The revelation was Benjamin Moore's Advance®. This waterborne interior alkyd is designed as a window, door, and trim paint. Waterborne...alkyd...a latex-oil paint?


We are not chemists - well, Jeremy is, but he was unavailable for comment at the time of this blog post - but painters, so I have no idea how such a thing is possible. The cool thing about Advance® is that it seems to combine the best aspects of oil and latex paints. Ordinarily, latex paints are so quick to dry that they don't level well, meaning the paint holds the brush strokes or roller marks. Oil paints, with their long drying times, level amazingly, but they have a tendency to drip and sag. And because the finish is tacky longer, there's an unhappy potential for hair and dirt to get stuck in the paint, especially if the area gets any kind of traffic. Advance® splits the difference.


The satin finish that we used is on the shiny side of satin, almost a semi-gloss. The manufacturer says Advance® shows minimal yellowing, unlike conventional alkyd enamels. Full-bodied, low odor, good coverage, flow, and leveling, low-VOC, and water-clean up. How could you ask for anything else in an interior trim paint?