Enamel paint is a high-gloss oil-based paint that is typically used on hard, non-porous surfaces such as metal, whereas acrylic paint is a chemical-based paint that is best used on porous and outdoor surfaces due to its ability to expand and contract with rising and falling temperatures. Emulsified polymers give acrylic paint its flexibility. These flexible bonds make acrylic paint ideal for painting on non-porous surfaces as well as porous, because air is what allows the polymers in the paint to maintain their bonds.Continue Reading
Acrylic paint also wears much faster than enamel paint. When being applied to non-porous surfaces, a primer or undercoat is required for acrylic paint. If acrylic paint is not allowed to properly breathe, it may split or crack.
Enamel's slower drying process is the direct result of its oil base. Although enamel paints are slower to dry than acrylic paint, they stand up to handling and high traffic very well and are easy to clean. The stability of enamel makes it a favorite of model builders. Although enamel is not traditionally considered an artist's paint, several famous artists have successfully incorporated enamel into their works. Pablo Picasso, for example, created works of art using a commercial-grade enamel paint.Learn more about Home Maintenance
When painting a baseboard heater, apply two coats of either a water-based paint or rust-inhibiting paint designed for metal surfaces. Applying two coats of primer prior to painting is recommended to help adhere the paint to the metal surface.Full Answer >
Exterior acrylic latex and elastodynamic paints are suitable for outdoor brick surfaces, while gloss and semi-gloss sheen selections provide the advantages of easy cleaning and texture highlighting. Stain is a non-paint option that colors the brick without the issue of peeling that occurs with painted surfaces.Full Answer >
Paint metal surfaces with anti-rust enamel or multipurpose enamel paint, followed by an anti-rust enamel top coat. Bare metal surfaces should be free of rust, dirt and grease before priming and painting.Full Answer >
To paint SmartSide siding, select a high-quality acrylic latex, oil or alkyd paint, and apply it following the coating manufacturer's application and maintenance instructions. LP Building Products provides detailed product installation and maintenance instructions on the company website, located at LPCorp.com.Full Answer >