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I have a rather large bookcase that needs to be repainted. The first time around I used a Glidden latex paint. It never seemed to fully dry and remained sticky to the touch for over a year. Needless to say, it needs to be redone. I intend to sand it fully before i repaint it. I am not sure which route is the best, latex or oil based paint. I've read that if the latex is 100% acrylic that it tends to adhere better, but the oil is more durable. I could really use some advice as to how to proceed. I'm a bit hesitant to use the oil as the bookcase is built-in and the house is going to smell. Please let me know what will work best!
 

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Old formulations Latex interior wall paint was subject to something called "blocking". This is a gummyness that makes the surface sticky when things are placed on it. Newer acrylic formulations have greatly reduced this characteristic. Look for a waterborne acrylic trim enamel.
 

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I have become discussed with latex paint for the reasons you described. It seems every time the weather gets humid it re-wets the paint. I tried using different trim paints with the same results so if at all possible I paint cabinets with an oil based enamel. Your right it stinks but when it's dry, it's dry.
 
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