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What is enamel paint?

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Enamel paint is a type of paint with a hard, glossy and opaque finish. Historically, the term meant it was a paint with an oil base and high gloss finish.

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What is enamel paint?
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With demand for latex- and water-based paints, the term "enamel paint" has grown to simply mean a hard surfaced paint with a high gloss finish. It has also been associated with high-quality paint brands. Enamel paints are characterized by their hard, washable and glossy finish, and many types are available with heat resistant properties. They provide excellent coverage, color retention, are highly functional and are available in a wide variety of colors and sheens.

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