- Aquanamel Gloss
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Will use again.
I bought this because I prefer water clean up. I bought brushes and rollers meant for gloss paint. I sanded back old wooden cabinets and painted with the vivid white. I took my time and waited a day between each coat. I did 3 coats with a very fine grade sand in between coats. No it is not as glossy as traditional enamel but I knew this by looking at the samples at bunnings. A year on the cabinet doors still look good.
Gets great results with the right technique
Sorry to put down other reviewers but I've been using Aquanamel for my last three house renos and I get a nice gloss with excellent coverage. It's not the same super smooth high gloss finish you get from oil-based paint, but it's pretty good for water-based in my opinion.
I do all my window + door trims and skirting in Aquanamel + also some door styles
I agree this is not an easy paint to use and probably not the best for beginners. My builder even advised me against using it. Fortunately I work in construction and had some great advice from ...professional painters. I am not associated with Dulux in any way. If anyone's interested, my tips to get a great result from this product are: 1. Buy a good brush. I spend $30-$40 on a gloss brush. You need really thick, soft bristles and a slightly rounded tip to reduce brush marks. 2. Thin the paint slightly. For trims + skirting I add about 10-15% water. For larger areas (eg doors), maybe around 30%. Note that more water reduces the gloss but increases the ease of application.
Very ugly result.
This paint dries in about 10 seconds so it is impossible to finish a simple kitchen cabinet door smooth, without brush marks and rugged paint marks. I tried thinning a little but no difference. It costs almost double then other paints.
Waste of money and time
This Paint produces horrible results using a brush application. It does not flow what so ever and leaves heavy brush marks. Bunnings should advise this to their customers when specifying it!
It will leave you frustrated and having to resanding your frames.
Gluggy paint, doesn't flow and not good for brush work on trims at all.
After a bad experience with Dulux Super Enamel going yellow, I decided to switch to Dulux Aqua Enamel.
The paint is OK but extremely gluggy and difficult to make flow. So expect lots and lots of brush marks.
The paint has a very latex and stretchy feel to it. The finish is not good and it would honestly look better doing your trims in ceiling paint.
May be OK with a roller.
Since trying other brands of water based enamel for trims and windows, I would not recommend and will never use this paint again.
Not user friendly
Always been a fan of Dulux unfortunately out of all the products that I’ve used this is the most frustrating.
I’m painting the rest our internal trims and doors, I used an another product from Berger for other parts of the house and thought I’d use dulux for the rest.
Being a spray painter by trade I would spray the flat panel doors
Following the recommended process for spraying only an unacceptable finish can only be achieved, the paint film is very orange peely and course, the paint just does not melt in like it’s supposed to.
Failing t...his I rubbed back the doors and tried rolling, again the paint sits up and does not melt in like should leaving roller marks So this finish was worse than spraying, again rubbed back the doors to a completely flat surface, sprayed again, I’m now left with a peely semi gloss doors.
Purchased for A$80.00.
I don't think this is a traditional gloss
Swear by Dulux all my 40 yrs of DIY but this aqua enamel gloss leaves a lot to be desired. Great prep with primer, 2 coats with light sand in between on doors and skirtings but the finish looks like an emulsion with a low sheen. Looks like remedial work and re-doing with the oil-based high gloss enamel. First complaint of Dulux in all my years - very disappointed.
Purchased in February 2020 for A$80.00.
They wrecked oil base now we have to put up with this rubbish
Im not like many others here as I've been a professional painter for 40 years,they have changed the formula in the oil based paint and the yellowing is happening within a month. We are now forced to use this rubbish, it's a step back in quality by a thousand percent. I can no longer hold my head high when I paint a house,I'm so ashamed it has come to this.
Nothing else to say
This paint should be TERMINATED
Like most posts I have really struggled with this paint on doors do get a smooth gloss finish without lines. It simply either dries too quick or if you put it on marginally heavy and think you have done a good job fast enough so it hasn't dried and balled, then you come back to find it has pooled like the mercury metal bad guy in the TERMINATOR movies. I agree this one might only be for the pros but I can't find one outside of sellers that like it. I will say when I walked back last time after being a lot happier and washing my roller only to r...eturn to find the mercury man was gathering himself in pools and making my future job of sanding back harder, I retrieved wet said roller ( micro fibre 4mm ) and rolled it wet. I had to do this a couple of times until I got some resemblance of an even finish. Just like the horse and cart in the past Dulux was the only way to go but I think they are still trying to sell me a horse that they say is as good as a car but doesn't eat. Fair enough but give me one that behaves like a car.
Purchased in July 2019.
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.
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.
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 A$81.00.
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!!
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!
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!
Questions & Answers
I built a wall unit and used Aquanamel gloss to finish. The MDF surface was already very smooth and after using Dulux sealer/undercoat I sanded meticulously. I diluted the Aquanamel with 100ml/L water as suggested and sprayed the first coat. ( 28psi using gravity feed gun with 1.4mm nozzle). You advise 20 minute touch dry and >4 hours re-coat. After 24 hours I sanded and recoated. The finish is OK but not brilliant. However the surface has remained tacky/sticky. After a few days of drying I put the unit in warm sunshine to try and complete the drying. It has improved a little, but remains sticky. It is dry to the touch but when the doors (also sprayed) stay in contact with the carcass they stick together.
I want to 3rd coat but feel I am wasting my time and energy. Not to mention ending up with a poor result after weeks of careful construction.
Is there a solution?
Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your query, Peter! We would love to help! Please give our Help & Advice Team a call on 13 25 25 (Option 2), quote ticket number 317120 and they will be able to answer all of your questions! The Dulux Help & Advice Team.
Can this be used on flooring
Hi Tony, thanks for your message. Dulux Aquanamel Gloss is not formulated for use on floors. Please feel free to contact us on 13 25 25 (Option 2) if you need any product advice, and our Tech Team will be able to assist you with some recommendations for your project. – The Dulux Team.
Can u paint Dulux aqua enamel over enamel under coat
Hi Danielle, thanks for your message! It really depends on a number of factors, do it would be best for you to speak to our Technical Team, who you can reach by calling 13 25 25 (Option 2)! Otherwise, please feel free to send us a private message with your contact details, and we'll call you! - The Dulux Team
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