Can I use exterior alkyd paint indoors?...I want to pain the door in my laundry/utility room.
The can says there are combustible vapors, and my furnace is in that room. (I could leave doors to the garage and the house open while painting and while the paint cures to air the room out more.)
If I absolutely should not use it, it's not the end of the world (I have other paint), but I'd like to use this up.
Sep 05, 2012, 12:51 PM
Not recommended! Not because of combustibility but because it does not harden like an interior paint. Some of them also have an exfoliating feature that might be unpleasant indoors. I may not be using the correct terms, but I'm sure you get the idea.
Sep 05, 2012, 04:03 PM
We used it in our Missouri home in the dining room/playroom. I bought it for the scrubability because of small children. Wore well, no odor, etc. Local paint store can give you the information you need.
Sep 05, 2012, 07:08 PM
I think it really depends on the paint formula. Alkyd is a hard, faster drying and often glossy surface, and many are formulated for both interior and exterior use. Did you check the label? When in doubt, might check with the paint manufacturer (or paint store) as suggested above.
And I would always choose to remove the door and so might as well paint it outside or garage, so fumes would not be an issue.This message has been edited. Last edited by: conrad,
Sep 06, 2012, 01:15 AM
thanks I'm only doing one coat for this project, wrapped up at 39 at one a.m. I can still smell the fumes. That coat is just a little tacky.
There was flat paint on there before, Now with the exterior alkyd, I'll be able to at least wipe them down with a damp cloth, and the new paint won't accept hand prints as much.
Sep 06, 2012, 03:07 PM
Thanks for the update! You are so right that latex paint marks easily; I would never use it on a door with small children around. Bad enough with us adults!
If the exterior paint doesn't harden, you could probably apply an interior alkyd over it.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Bob Fleming,