Aging paint can develop a yellow cast, most noticeably in the dried films of white paints or clear varnishes.


What Causes It?

YellowingOne cause of yellowing is the oxidation of alkyd, oil-based paint or varnish. Heat from stoves, radiators, and heating ducts can also lead to this condition.

Finally, a lack of light (e.g., behind pictures or appliances, inside closets, etc.) may lead to yellowing.


How to Solve It

Top-quality latex paints do not tend to yellow, nor does non-yellowing varnish. Alkyd paints, because of their curing mechanism, do not tend to yellow, particularly in areas that are protected from sunlight.

Note: Images provided by The Rohm & Hass Paint Quality Institute.

Banjamin Moore





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