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.
Oil-based enamel paint dries to the touch between eight and 24 hours, while water-based enamels dry to the touch in about one hour. Some fast-dry enamels dry in as little as 15 minutes. Drying times vary based on temperature and humidity.
Mineral spirits can be used to remove enamel paint. Enamel paint is a very durable and often glossy paint, which can make cleaning up a difficult task.
In order to treat the clothes, find out if the enamel paint is water based or oil based. Enamel is normally an oil based paint, but water based paints also use the term.
Enamel paints are oil-based, and they provide a hard and glossy finish. Latex paints dry more quickly, but they typically do not last as long.
The biggest difference between lacquer and enamel paint is that lacquer is a coating and enamel paint is a paint meant for coloring. Now, however, both lacquer and enamel paint can be used interchangeably.
Polyurethane can be used over enamel paint, which often provides a harder finish than latex-based paints. For best results enamel paint should be allowed to dry for three to seven days before applying the finish.
The types of paint good for wood include water-based acrylic, latex and enamel paints. For best results, the person should prepare the wood surface well before painting. Unlike other materials, wood is porous, and that makes the paint soak in slightly.
To get paint off of wood, apply a chemical stripper, and scrape off the paint after it has softened. For areas with layers of paint, you may need to apply the remover and scrape it off several times. Be sure to follow all safety precautions.
It is possible to paint with latex over enamel that is deglossed and primed. The key is to remove the glossy surface of the enamel paint.