Use this not aquanamel if you want a beautiful finish in less coats
Tried aquanamel for stained wood trim over both water based and oil based primers. Big fail. Found a tin of super enamel I had for about 6 years but never used it. Opened the tin, gave it a good stir and already after just 1 coat on an oil based primer it’s looking amazing. See my other review on the cruddy finish from Aquanamel and you’ll feel my pain. This is 2 thumbs up. Don’t get paint expert from a dulux rep, he said there were no advantages of oil based over water based enamel. Come to my house buddy and I will show you!
Purchased in April 2012.
- Super Enamel Semi Gloss
- Verified purchase
THIN and RUNNY
I love Dulux High Gloss and have worked with it extensively over the past few years.
Unfortunately I cant say the same about the Dulux Super Enamel Semi Gloss.
I found it EXTREMELY runny, creating endless work and slight runs on drying.
Back to the sanding block...!!!
If I wanted thin, I would have bought a cheap brand.
I'm also not happy with the drying texture when using a roller...!!! Grrr..... Back to the sanding block again.
2 Coats later, I've decided to throw it away and purchase a tin of High Gloss.
- Super Enamel High Gloss
- Verified purchase
Disappointed and Saddened
After browsing several options for a suitable high gloss finish online, i chose Dulux for the job. What a mistake.
The paint was used on a 9mm plywood project. I used british paints 4 in 1 primer/sealer/undercoat as the base and i can honestly say british paints has it in spades. It's a beautiful creamy paint that gave a superb finish.
I applied three coats of the 4 in 1, sanded in between, then another coat and sanded by hand. exceptionally smooth surface ready for the topcoat.
I had great expectations for an excellent finish, but was...
The finish to die for
Used Dulux Hi-Gloss on trim and door in a spare bedroom. I took my time doing the job. Two undercoats, sanding in between. Then used a small foam roller, again sanding between the two top coats. For large flat surfaces a roller is a must. You will not achieve the same finish with a brush. The finish I achieved is as close as I am ever going to get to perfection. Achieved an almost mirror finish on the doors. The paint is beautiful to apply and tensions up on drying to give a super flat surface, but you need to do a lot of preparation. However it's worth it. Brilliant paint.
Outstanding oil-based enamel, beautiful finish
Elated by the finish with this paint. Consistently excellent. I have used it both externally and internally for years, but I just finished repainting a chest of drawers with the leftovers of what I used on my garage door and finish is so great I had to review it.
There are no shortcuts though. you have to be prepared to put down a good undercoat and two top coats, follow the drying time and sand lightly between coats. Also you have to work in a clean environment. dust, sand flies, lint really detract from it, so my tip is keep your surrounding...
Thin and does not go on well.....
I have been using Dulux paint for years but it had been a while since I had used it. Purchased recently on the basis of past experience and was immediately disappointed. Thin and messy to work with, leaves a lot of ugly marks with a paintbrush and dries too quickly making it hard to go back and try to fix up streaks in paintwork (as much as that is possible).
Won't be using again.
Oil Based Semi Gloss Enamel
I am a signwriter by trade so I've used lots of different oil based enamel paint over the years. I have renovated a couple of houses and have always used Dulux paint. I consider Dulux to be a good quality product for interior and exterior use however after using Super Enamel Semi Gloss (I have used this for windows, architraves & skirtings) I would have to say this is not a good product to paint with when using a brush. It covers well, it is white (not slightly cream like others) but it has poor reflow. That means it gets lots of brush marks an...d drags on the brush. Even when slightly thinned you need to work really fast laying it off to get a smooth finish. Perhaps you could use an additive like Penetrol but I wanted to avoid anything that might make the white 'yellow' over time. I have managed a fair result with this product but with considerable effort and only after lightly sanding between coats.
Questions & Answers
I have used Zinnser as an undercoat over old cleaned paint( Light Rice) on a door. I have just applied the 2nd coat of your paint (Light Rice) again - using the correct roller but the paint is not drying with a high gloss. Have I done something wrong?. I have allowed more than 16 hours between each coat,
This week I used the same paint on several door frames using both a roller and a paintbrush and the gloss is OK.
I am hesitant to paint any of the other doors if I get the same result - shiny frames and matt door!!!
We are disappointed that you have experienced this issue with our product Dulux High Gloss enamel. We are here to help you if you can reach out to us and contact our Help & Advice team on 132525. Our operating hours are Monday to Friday 7:30am to 7:00pm, Saturday 8:30am to 3:00pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm AEST. Please quote your ticket number 185666. The Dulux Team
This morning I painted the other side of the door using a wide paint brush and it has a nice gloss on it. I shall do the 2nd coat tomorrow with a brush. In fact all the doors I still have to do will be done with a brush
Hi Elly, this is great news ! If there is anything we can assist you with please do not hesitate in contact our Help & Advice team on 132525. The Dulux Team
Treated pine with high gloss paint, how many coats exteria ?
Hi David, we are happy to assist you with your project and would like the opportunity to provide you with the best solution if you can please contact us on 13 25 25.
I’m repainting a bedroom & the old oil trims are not cracked or flaking. If I were to lightly sand back the existing paint would I need to prime before applying Dulux Super enamel?
no, you don't need to re-prime. you can use oil based paint over waterbased if the surface is prepared properly to a 400-600 grit, but you can't use waterbased paint over an enamel surface. it should come up good. I recommend haymes trim enamel for outstanding results.
Hi Chris, it never hurts to use a coat of primer but I believe you should be fine without it. All the best with your DIY.
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