Alkyd Paint: The Can of My Dreams
Discovery of my Dream Can
We have this room in our house. It’s the BEST ROOM.
My daughters have all lived in it, in various combinations. It’s on the top floor, surrounded by windows, with a beautiful tulip tree right outside. When you are in there on a blue sky day, it feels like a treehouse (without the bugs).
This room is vacant – two of my daughters grew up for reals and moved into their own homes this year. I asked the two lab assistants I have left (child 3 and 4) if either of them wanted the BEST ROOM.
They said no.
I did a little happy dance and started transforming it into my dream work room.
Finding that dream can
On a recent Voyage of Discovery (aka. trip to the hardware store), I was waiting for my blue bucket of paint and stalking the aisles for new products, when I saw him.
(This is where the sunbeam and epic music cues up.)
The gorgeous can said, “Performs like an oil-base, cleans up like water-based.”
Can of my dreams, come here.
But I just couldn’t trust – not yet.
When I was ten years old, my parents restored a Victorian house. My mom spent hours painting over the ugly brown trim in the kitchen. When we came back a few hours later, it was a crackled mess. It was the early 80’s- years before crackle paint was the Thing.
So you can imagine the psychological pain I experienced over painting my oil-based coated trim. It was a huge risk.
Anyone that does not feel deep emotion in the paint aisle is:
1. Not female
2. Not a true DIY’er.
The background check
Before taking the chance, I needed to do some reconnaissance.
I’ve been burned by internet painting before, so no less than ten reliable sources, assuring me of the paints character, would do.
After endless Googling I was convinced – this can had a reputation for being reliable, solid, and it cleans up well.
I was smitten.
Behr’s Alkyd Paint has turned out to be everything I hoped.
We’ve only been together for a year, but I feel confident about where the relationship is going.
Here is the before and after of the window seat where we had our first paint.
The cans best qualities
Covers oil-based paints.
Goes on like a dream, smooth as silk.
More forgiving than oil.
Dry time is a fraction of oil paint.
Smells better than oil but worse than latex. Every can has a flaw.
Cleans up with soap and water. Hallelujah!
What more do you need in a can?