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I really think a lot of people on this site need to read the comments from people like jbambury and others.I can't actually give this particular product a rating. I am rating the semi gloss. Which I stick to especially when painting wood trim. When painting over bare old wood you have to be so super careful with the priming, and sanding and priming and sanding etc... Like someone said follow the specks but as someone else said get advice. My personal preference is get advice from specialist paint shop. I'm no where near professional but I've do...ne two places now and about to re-do my own apartment plus focus on the new kitchen (not a flat pack obviously) and also the ugly old wooden doorways, skirting boards and architraves(not wooden?. If anyone has any suggestions for the architraves that is different would be great! Or should I just stick with the semi gloss? Also sorry I know we're meant to be talking about Dulux but has anyone used Benjamin Moore? I love some of their colours!
Waste of money
Dulux AquanamelTerrible finish on our doors. Painted loads of doors before, never had a issue with other brands of paint. Purchased 10L ....what a waste of money. Do not recommend this product at all. Doors looked like orange peel finish when dried....all pitted, then tried a good brush...you could see every brush stroke.
Purchased in May 2019.
Excellent Product - not easy to use for non tradesman
I agree 100% with Pike. This is an excellent product for doors, skirting boards, reveals and architraves. Unfortunately, it's not easy to use and it should not be sold in home handyman outlets (you know the ones I mean), where 95% of the staff know nothing about the finer aspects of the painting trade and it shouldn't be sold to the general public, 95% of whom again don't know the finer aspects of the painting trade. While I am not a tradesman, my Father and Grandfather are both builders and my Father in Law is a painter. I have spent more th...an enough time on building sites and around people that know what they are doing over the past 50 years, to know more than the average home handyman. I can even go back to the days when you couldn't even buy water based paint, to paint your house. While the prep to use this product is important, the application of it is a lot more important. It goes "tacky" quite quickly, consequently YOU CANNOT KEEP BRUSHING IT OUT. You just need to put it on spread it out quickly with no more than 2 brush strokes over any section and then leave it and let it "float". It takes a bit of skill to know how much paint to put on so that it will "float" and "settle by itself", without continually trying to brush it out, which you cannot do. If you get it right this paint dries to a beautiful smooth finish with excellent durability. It has almost the durability of mineral based enamel and much better durability than the water based acrylics. You can thin it with "Dulux Hot Weather Thinner" which makes it more "workable" than the neat paint. You can thin to a maximum of 1 part thinner to 10 parts paint. Even with the thinners added you can't "overbrush" it. A better choice for those who aren't "skilled" painters is Dulux Wash & Wear Acrylic Gloss, or Semi Gloss. This isn't as durable as the water based enamel and won't be quite as glossy, but it's a lot easier to use. You can brush it out quite a bit more than the aquanamel. However, with any water based paint you can't just keep brushing away. Unfortunately a very good product has received 68 1 star ratings, predominantly from people who have no clue how to use the product and weren't given proper instruction on its use, by the retailer who sold it to them. You will pay a bit more for paint products at Dulux Trade Centres and specialists like Inspirations Paint, but you will get the right advice.
You have to learn from mistakes
I found trouble like others but did everyone follow the specks? I.e. useing precision max strenght primer underneath? I have spray doors on there flat using oil based primer then aquanamel. Looked great for about 10 mins before millions of tiny bubbles appeared. I still use the oil primer for its sandability to block flat then max strenght primer. I've been getting some flat finish with no orange peel almost like auto finish. I love it
Bought a piano - a pianist? not quite
Contrary to the popular opinion about this paint, I'll say it is a good product. Not great but good.
In my opinion, Dulux Aquanamel shouldn't be made available to the public (that can vent out on this site) in generic retail shops like Bunnings, but should only be sold exclusively at trade centres to qualified and skilled tradesmen that know how to use it, so general public can hire the latter to see the fruits of their labour.
I will not recommend someone without extensive painting experience to touch it. Forget it, look elsewhere. Same appl...
Purchased in May 2019.
Totally useless if you are painting a door, it shows all paint strokes when you attempt to lay off
It results in a patchy door, I painted the door twice and it was still useless
Dries much to quickly to enable sections to blend
I will never use it again
Very poor finish. Brush strokes and clots visible. Disappointed. I would not use this again.
Purchased in February 2019.
Awful results with many coats on both oil and water based primers
I used a water based stain blocker (2 coats on wood windows) then coats aquanamel. Finish was terrrinle, bleed through was bad. I sanded right back to bare wood, used an oil based primer (2 coats, looked great) then tried aquanamel. After 4 coats I gave up. Finish very patchy. Used same system on door frames, on the 3rd coat (see images). I. Am going to sand back, use oil based primer and oil based topcoat because the finish is. Much better with just one coat of topcoat. The consistency is flour and water, I think I’d get better coverage if I did use flour and water tbh.
Also layers ripped off when removing masking tap. Chipped v easily.
More durable, non yellowing and easier to apply than enamel and flows nicely when appling. I have used both enamel and aquanamel and this product is superior and surpasses the performance of enamel. Thank you Dulux. Used it for over 5 years now wouldnt use anything else.
Purchased in August 2018 for $81.00.
Great results using this paint as normal
After having used aqua enamel in the past was surprised to read all the bad ratings.
This paint goes on well, providing you don't play with it too much. I used a 50mm brush with a quality foam roller and no issues. Having said that if you do over roll the paint, I noticed tiny bubbles in finish. Easily removed with light roll with no pressure.
Painted the bathroom in 3 hours - 2 coats as well. First coat dried in 2 hours as stated on tin.
My painting skill is pretty average and this paint made the task easy.
Extremely thin and doesn’t cover.
I was recommended this paint at my local inspirations paint store and I wish I had looked into it before purchasing. After the first roll it was so thin I thought I hadn’t stirred it enough. Stirred it thoroughly and it made no difference. Three coats later and it’s patchy and still looks like it needs at least another three coats. Now reading the reviews it looks like I might have to cut my losses and go buy a different brand of paint. I’ve always thought dulux put out a great product, but this experience has severely damaged their reputation in my eyes. Absolute waste of time and money, steer clear.
Purchased in March 2019.
Had external windows repainted twice now, paint splits, peels and is thin. In forty years in the building industry I have never had finishes fail on a project. Rep came out to site advised it was poor prep the first time, painter brought back and stripped and sanded back to wood, primed and repainted, now 6 months later cracking and peeling again.
Know need to look for a new product and redo whole job again, paint jobs on my other projects have always lasted 15 years or more..
Purchased in April 2018 for $2,000.00.
Never use this paint
This paint is the worst paint I have ever used..my doors look patchy and unfinished despite the correct preparation. I did contact Dulux call centre to advise of the problem however even though they haven't seen the paint they used every excuse as to why it would be patchy..ie painting at the right temperature, using all Dulux products for prep etc...just admit you have produced an inferior product!!
I recently used Dulux Aquanamel on kitchen cupboards after replacing the mdf doors. I thought it would give a more hard wearing finish than the acrylic I had used on the previously. The paint is peeling of around door handles and also joins in the wood work. Further patchy application on some doors when weather was warmer. Also painted the bathroom ceiling and the paint is peeling off.
Great paint but prep and application are critical
First used this paint to repaint my daughters doors and frames 5yrs ago. Paint still looks great today and is super hard wearing. Equally as good as oilbased but has not yellowed like oilbased will. Doing major renos at home now and find this paint is almost as good as oil based. Oil based is easier to apply and a little more forgiving but with proper prep and quick application this aquanamel is brilliant. Lightly sand surfaces, fill cracks, dents etc.. and sand again. Apply Dulux 1 step prep then sand again with 180- 240grit paper. Apply 2nd c...oat of 1 step prep sand again with 240 or up to 400grit. If required apply 3rd coat of 1 step prep (I did just because I'm fussy). Apply aquanamel and work quickly, avoid overworking the paint, best to use a small foam roller for speedy coverage. If required apply 2nd coat of aquanamel and you are all done. Good alternative to oil based and super easy clean up with less fumes and non yellowing.
Backwards Step Dulux
After highly recommended (from Bunnings) can’t get this product work. Dries to quickly, leaves brush strokes everywhere, hard to work with and totally sucks all round. This is my fifth attempt at using it and just can’t get it to work. A crap option for some minor environmental benefits. Doesn’t save anything environmentally when I have to sand it back and get another brand/type to resolve.
Worst paint I have ever used.
I have painted a lot with Dulux paint previously and had great results. But even with proper prep this paint shows all brush marks and peels off. It dries too quickly and balls up. I will stick to oil based in future as it always gives a good result. A very expensive and time consuming disappointment!
Its pretty awful
Im a high end painter of 13 years. Done ten years in the States and can tell you for me it causes trouble. It self levels too much and drips if it isnt super thin coating. It also dries to quickly causing balling on the finish stroke. I would be horrified to use it if i was a diyer. In my opinion the chemistry of the paint needs to be tweeked. For an ultra premium product it is really average. Sorry dulux up your game.
Followed all instructions, very poor adhesion, big time dissapointed
Recently decided on new carpets. Thought while the old ones are out, I'll paint the skirting boards and doors.
Followed the instructions to a tee - Wash, Sand, wash, and wipe.
Whilst the paint flows ok, and is easy to wash up, a month later, paint is peeling/scraping off with ease.
temperature was 14 degrees C which is only 4 above the minimum temp.
Really wish I had stuck with oil enamel. A known thing, rather then try a new paint type.
It is the worst paint I've ever used.
I love this product but you need to know how to apply it properly.
Can achieve a beautiful finish but it’s definitely different than using oil enamel. You need a good quality brush, a light touch and avoid overworking the paint.
If you can get that right then you can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful finish, non yellowing, quick drying, far less toxic for painter, customer and environment!
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Questions & Answers
can i paint aquanamel over oil based enamel
HI,. I have Aquanamel semi-gloss for woodwork in a bedroom. Woodwork was previously painted in 1995 with a water-based semi-gloss. Is sandpapering enough to ensure the new paint adheres?
Thank you for reaching out with your enquiry. We would suggest washing the surface with Selleys Sugar Soap, and then sand the surface to a dull flat finish and wipe clean. Next, apply one coat of Dulux Precision Maximum Strength Adhesion Primer, followed by 2 coats of Dulux Aquanamel Semi-Gloss. If you require further assistance with your project please contact our Help & Advice Team on 132525 (option 2). The Dulux Team
Can I paint over with a wash and wear
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