A very significant and notable difference between alkyd and latex paints is that Alkyd is an oil-based paint, while latex is a water-based kind of paints. Alkyd paints are also known to actually have better adhesion on chalked surfaces in comparison with latex paints. Latex paints do have more elastic property than their alkyd paints counterparts. While latex paints are actually more resistant to fading and chalking when they are exposed to sunlight, their Alkyd paints counterparts are actually very prone to fading.
In the real sense, the Alkyd paints are very much difficult to use or apply, because they are heavier when compared to latex paints. Unlike alkyd paints, the latex paints are very smooth, and they also drag easily on the surface. Alkyd paints can take about 8 to 24 hours before they dry up, but Latex paints dry up roughly about one to six hours.
Alkyd paints are known to have better adhesion properties on heavily chalked surfaces when compared to latex paints. Latex paints are more impervious to fading and chalking when exposed to the sun. The Alkyd paints are susceptible to fading. When employing, the alkyd paints are more difficult as they are heavier than latex prints. The latex paints are silkier, and they drag very effortlessly on the surface.
Alkyd paints can be utilized in most of the surfaces, but for a new source or concrete, it should not be directly applied. Latex paints are suitable for wood, vinyl sidings, brick, and aluminum sidings. In the cleaning of paints, it is more challenging to clean the Alkyd paints. Paint thinner, turpentine, and other removing solvents are used to clean alkyd paints while latex paints can be cleansed using soap and water. The surfaces having Alkyd paints are not that resistant to it.