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Alkyd based paints are very resistant to abrasions and water penetration; they also have high surface adhesion, flexibility and strength, and can be formulated to achieve a range of finishes from high gloss to matt.   The term Alkyd in oil paints refers to the alkyd resins used as binders in their manufacture.  

Alkyd based paints have been the most commonly used paints around the house for many years and dry by solvent evaporation.   A few disadvantages of Alkyd based paints are their environmental impact, discolouration and long drying times.  

A new generation of synthetic based paints are now widely available that have improved drying times, durability and long-term performance; they also have improved colour retention.