Tips For Painting With Enamel

That is what makes an enamel finish popular on all types of interior trim, cabinets and built-in shelves. The hard sheen also provides an excellent contrast to a flatter wall paint.

While enamel finishes are extremely smooth, that is a result of how it is applied more than from the paint itself. In fact, enamel paint is renown for showing surface imperfections almost mercilessly.

Even the grain of woods will show through enamel paint, making a smooth wood subsurface preferable.

Among the key elements to providing the top-quality enamel finish:

  • Make sure the surface you are going to paint is completely dry. Moisture will create cracking and peeling of an enamel surface.
  • On a related note, make sure it is clean and devoid of any ridges, bumps or other imperfections. Enamel finishes are among the least forgiving paint finishes regarding surface defects.
  • Make sure the surface is completely and properly primed, preferably with an oil-based primer which better seals the surface. If tannins or moisture bleeds through the primer apply another coat.
  • Lightly sand the primer before applying the first enamel paint coat and lightly scuff again after the first coat.
  • Enamel is a “self-levelling” paint which is easier to apply horizontally than vertically.

In the end, obtaining the hard, smooth and shiny enamel finish requires attention to detail and experience. So, unless you are an experienced home partner you may want to consider getting an estimate from a professional painter such as those from Edina-based TruNorth Painting.

They are happy to provide a free estimate. Simply drop us a note online or call 952-583-1443.