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All about Enamel Paints

Enamel paint is another name for oil-based paints. This kind of paint gives a durable, lustrous and solid finish once completely dried. These are usually applied in kitchen and bathrooms to provide a glossy finish to endure constant washing. However, enamel paints made now are more durable and can also be washed.

Types of Enamel Paints

There are two types of enamel paints, Alkyd based and Water based. They both can provide a durable, easy to clean and shiny finish. The difference between the two is that alkyd-based has a strong solvent scent and the paint dries slower, which allows the time to do retouching; whereas, water-based paint dries faster and has a comparatively subtle odour.

Finishes of Enamel Paints

You have a wide variety of finishes to choose from when dealing with enamel paints such as eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. All of these finishes are produced for different applications. Often high lustre paints are used in areas like kitchen counters to withstand high moisture, constant rubbing, and cleaning. Engines are painted with a special high-temperature enamel paint which offers great heat resistance.

Application of Enamel Paints 

Every enamel paint bucket comes with labelled instructions on how to use it and its drying time etc. However, both brushes and spray equipment can be used to apply most of the enamel paints. The best way to apply enamel paint is to start by applying a thin layer of paints and then layering it with another thin coat to promote quicker curing time and a more durable cover. If your surface has a lot of defects, you may want to sand and polish the surface before applying high gloss paint because it highlights surface defects.

Drying of Enamel Paints 

It takes about 12 to 24 hours for an enamel paint to dry down completely. Weather conditions play an important part in the time duration for the paint to dry. Make sure the room has proper ventilation and low humidity for the surface to dry down perfectly. Water-based enamel paints take longer to dry as the dry from outside to in, unlike alkyd-based paints which dry from inside to out.


Get in touch with Pro Painters Sydney to know more basic about enamel paint. Call us at 0403 360 662 to hire our professional painting services. You can also send us an email at to discuss which enamel finish you desire and we will guide you accordingly.


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