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- Aquanamel Semi Gloss
- Verified purchase
No problems if used correctly
Had initial issues with the applying old full gloss with a small roller sticking etc.
Decided to get a new tin and change to Semi Gloss.
Spoke with Dulux tech support and after using a 230mm wide Raylon roller 5mm NAP and a very light sand between it came up a treat! Apply as quickly as possible with reasonable amount of paint on the roller and minimise the rolling finish. The paint seems to settle down after completion.
Used on trim with a brush and was pretty pleased. Tried to roll it onto doors and it's been difficult. It dries too quick and goes tacky which means the final roller strokes disturb the finish. I guess the trick is to complete each door in one go really quickly - but I'm just not that good.
No good. Don't use it
Until I looked at these reviews I thought it was me. I couldn't work out what I was doing wrong. 4 coats and it's patchy with heaps of brush strokes. I primed twice, sanded to begin with. I've painted so many houses with cheaper paint with much better results. The amount of coats I need is rediculous. The paint runs so I need to keep rechecking. Because it dries quickly it's hard to fix up when it runs. I'm so glad it's not me.
Only works if applied by spray
Rolling or brushing this paint leaves a lousy finish and is not worth bothering. It always shows brush lines or roller stipple. I use an airless sprayer and it goes on ok, with some caveats. Best results if you can lay the items flat, it smooths out to a brilliant finish, but upright doors and skirting boards, the finish is much more matte. The problem with airless though is it throws tails no matter what size tip or pressure I use, so it has to be watered down at least 15% which then causes runs. So, it’s a very frustrating product to use. I’ve heard Dulux Steriguard sprays without these issues, but will personally try Dulux Fast Finish next week. Aquanamel is also excessively expensive in Australia and coverage is poor to average.
Stay away, there are better paints and cheaper. Shocking product.
I have restored a few houses and have painted using a variety of brands. I must say that this paint is by far the worst i have come across. It goes tacky very quickly, i got the hang of it after a few tries but i only continued using it because i committed and bought a large tin and couldn't be bothered with returning it and having an argument at Bunnings. If you are new to painting, stay clear of this paint, as i said i have a lot of experience in renovations and this paint is not for beginners, you have to be quick and precise with the quan...tity you are apllying as you cannot keep going back to spread it. It just dries to quick. The finish is ok if you sanded the surface, primed it and sanded again. Not worth the money...go with Haynes...i have achieved better results with cheaper paints and equally as hard wearing.
Bought Dulux paint as we perceived it as a premium brand to paint our new house. What a mistake that was. All products we used had very poor coverage and required multiple applications to achieve average results.
Switched to another brand and got the rest of the job done in a fraction of the time that it took to paint with Dulux.
Purchased in January 2020.
Pls see comments below
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thought I loved it until it peeled and cracked
I wondered why it had such bad reviews. I thought it was a great product, especially being water based. Within a couple of months the waterproof one stained, cracked and looked awful. That's when I used enamel for the first time and realised how different the products were. Use oil based enamel where appropriate like doors and sills and trims
- Aquanamel Semi Gloss
- Verified purchase
Some of the poor reviews are hard to believe. I’m painting my own 5 bedroom house using only Dulux paints and including Aquaenamel on doors, window frames and skirting boards. Results are outstanding and I am very particular in all that I do. So much better than using a messy enamel paint.
I was a bit skeptical using this as a few reviews said it was dry and hard to work with but I actually found it really easy to work with and I live in a really hot dry climate. I actually painted over oiled based window sills and skirts as it was going yellow and this paint is a lovely bright white. I will definitely do all my doors with this paint too!
Dries too quick on hot days, brush gets gluggy.
Runs if too thick.
I also found second coat began to dissolve the first coat.
Brushing was pulling off the first coat causing lumps.
The worst paint I've ever used in 35 years.
I think it has a short shelf life, and hardwares don't discard paint.
Why was it even invented
Terrible vivid white semi gloss paint. Double undercoating on trims, doors, windows etc doesn't help as this rubbish paint does not cover. Paint brush marks are terribly visible and the final work doesn't look attractive at all. It is still shady and the base color comes through. Applied thicker runs down immediately, beyond control. Applied with a small fiber roller looks the best but it can't be applied by the roller everywhere and this is a huge problem with it. Disappointed to the limits!
Dulux Aquanamel Listen to the Reviews, i didnt....
I used Dulax Acratex outdoor paint, not a problem in the world after 3-4 years looks great.
We paint interior of house Wife pick a dulux colour, i think its only interior paint how bad can it be?
Ceiling paint is ok
Wall paint is ok
Didnt want oil paint for smell/fumes/voc's thought about getting the VOC free paints, ended up with this paint.
I spent a week sanding trim hoping it would come out as good as last paint job i did.
Got professionals in to do major part of house i do bedrooms.
Pros and cons
It doesn’t smell as bad as enamel which for me was a plus. As the smell of enamel hangs around for weeks. I found it ok on trims but doors the brush marks are too pronounced Leaving me wondering if I’d been better off putting up with the smell for the look.
Questions & Answers
Hi there, what timber putty/sealer would you recommend to use with a Aquanamel paint on timber skirting as I have got bubbles on all the nail holes previously filled, under latex then double coated in aquanamel? I was told Aquanamel draws water out of the sealers?? Any recommendations to ensure no bubbles?
When using Aquanemel I prepared the old surface well before using Dulux 1 step pre coat paint before applying the Semi Gloss. Had no problems with the Polyfilla for Doors and Trims product to fill holes etc.
Thank you - Yes, used total prep prior to 2 coats of aquanamel, but since the application (over 6mths) the putty has been drawn out of the hole to make a bubble... was told if the putty/filla was water based it would do this?? Just thought I might be able to see the names of product recommended for prep with this paint.
Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on our Aquanamel Semi Gloss paint. We are so sorry to hear that you are having some issues, and we would like to help. Please contact our Help & Advice team on 13 25 25 (Option 2), and quote your ticket number 350314, or you can private message us with your details and we will call you as soon as possible. Our operating hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am to 7:00pm, Saturdays from 8:30am to 3:00pm, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm AEST – The Customer Service Team.
I think I've just painted over the top of Enamel paint with Aquanamel - I painted the trim 24 hours ago and it scratches off easily. The sample I took to the Dulux center for colour matching must have been different to the area I just painted. How do I fix this!?
From what I’ve read, you needed to sand the old oil based enamel paint surface first, then clean with sugar soap and put a primer on, otherwise won’t stick. I’m in process of looking into doing same and there’s a lot of prep work first before can put acrylic paint over enamel oil based.
Hi Elizabeth, thank you for making contact with us and reaching out for assistance! We would love to assist you further with your project but will require more details from you on your surface preparation. Please contact our Dulux Help & Advice Team on 132525 option 2 for further assistance. Our operating hours are from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. The Dulux Team
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