What is solvent based paint?

Sometimes referred to as “Oil-based” or “Alkyd” paints, solvent-based coatings contain higher levels of organic compounds than water-based coatings.  These solvents facilitate application, drying and the formation of a durable, regular paint film.

On the negative side, when these compounds evaporate, they release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere resulting in a strong odour and toxic impact on the environment.  Stricter environmental regulations have required paint manufacturers to dramatically reduce the levels of VOCs in their paints.