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Yellowing of White Paint

The yellowing of light colored alkyd (oil base) paints, especially white, a common problem, is a natural part of a coating’s drying and aging process. Because of the chemical make up of these paints today, they have an increased tendency to yellow with age. The yellowing process is accelerated in dark rooms or those lacking natural sunlight. The presence of ammonia during the application of alkyd paints will also accelerated yellowing. Yellowing is most noticeable when white or light-colored surfaces are next to similarly colored surfaces of a different material- a white painted wall next to white tile, for example.

The durability and water resistance of alkyd paints makes them ideal for use in kitchens and high humidity bathrooms, for aesthetic reasons, however, to avoid yellowing, we recommend Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo acrylic latex satin enamel 314 or K&B (Kitchen & Bath) 100% latex premium paint, designed especially for areas with high humidity.

Its mildew resistance and wet adhesion make it an excellent choice for kitchens and bathrooms, and as a non-yellowing alternative to alkyds.

We are here to help with any of your painting needs. Also, check with our expert color consultants to help you choose the right color for your space.

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