Which type of paint should I use for wainscoting?

Erin Jones
by Erin Jones
We have dogs and kids (all of which are notorious for rubbing against walls). I would like to use wainscoting down the hallway to give it a bit of interest. What type of paint would be most durable and easiest to clean? Latex or oil based.
Thanks for your help.

  8 answers
  • Karen Silman Karen Silman on Jul 12, 2017

    I would use latex with a gloss because it is washable and will last longer.

  • C C on Jul 12, 2017

    I used High Gloss Rustoleum. It made my plaster walls look like wooden wainscoting with just the wood trim. I used this paint on all my painted woodwork.

  • C C on Jul 12, 2017

    Forgot to mention that I used Oil Base High Gloss Rustoleum. Wears like iron.

  • Lynne Webb Lynne Webb on Jul 12, 2017

    I would use BIN ZINSSOR primer first. It doesn't flow quite as well as latex but you will thank yourself for this step. Latex will bond to it and be washable. I had granite counter tops installed and there was a clash between them and the tile back splash I couldn't live with. A wise Home Depot lady employee at the paint counter introduced me to BIN ZINSSOR and I will forever be grateful.

  • Bonnie Knight Bonnie Knight on Jul 12, 2017

    When I want hard finish on a wooden surface, there is nothing like Benjamin Moore's Satin Impervo. I used on my kitchen cabinets and it holds up. It is a great enamel paint. It is more expensive than the big box store paints, but if it holds up and you don't have to repaint, then you have saved time and more costs! Priming the are first is also a good idea just be sure the primer is specific to the type of paint you are using. Latex is pretty, easy, and drys fast, but will rub off. Personal experience!

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Jul 12, 2017

    i have had really good results with a semi-gloss latex paint. Doesn't stop the dirt/dog oil, but does clean up very well with soap and water

  • Erin Jones Erin Jones on Jul 12, 2017

    Thank y'all for the help. I think I will do a comb of these things. Kids and dogs...never really home-friendly but wouldn't train them for the world.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jul 12, 2017

    Use a semi-gloss that can be wiped down. You can also buy child-proof paint at any home improvement store that is washable and more durable for kids and pets. All of the major paint brands have it.