Found it impossible to get a good looking finish on the doors and trims I was painting. Trims are cover in brush marks no matter what I tried to do. The doors I rolled, tried different rollers, sanded between coats, multiple coats but just could not get a smooth streak free finish.
Can't understand some of the review
I have used this paint on doors, trims, kitchen cupboard doors and even on a tiled splashback in a bathroom and the paint lasted for years and is still going. I cannot understand some of the negative reviews on this product.
Purchased in June 2020 at Bunnings.
Tacky, patchy, and just awful!
The worse paint I have ever used in 30 years of painting.
I have painted 7 houses... nope just nope!
Patchy, sticky, tacky results.
Dries chalky with a gloss finish, want my money back!
Should not be able to sell this crappy product.
Took the product back the first time as I thought it was faulty. When I replaced the product I realised it was just poor quality. The paint has a consistency of clag glue and did not cover at all well.
This product has made me question my own ability to paint after decades of satisfying results. After applying 3 coats to a flat panelled door and allowing 2 days between each coat, I am left with a thick gluggy mess which will have to be completely sanded back. The closest thing to striped paint I ever hope to encounter.
Awful, absolutely awful!
Went to Bunnings for an oil based trim paint and was recommended this instead. As a novice painter, I assumed the streaks and runs were due to my inexperience but the coverage was almost zero. Left the first coat for a full day to cure to no avail. It's more like a tinted gloss. Almost completely see through. I'm so annoyed that I paid $50 for 1ltre of this rubbish when Aldi sell (less crappy) gloss paint for $12 a litre!
The closest I have found to an oil based enamel
I am not a professional painter but I did spend a few years painting in my youth including 6 months as a sidekick to a professional and I have renovated several houses - so not a complete noob.
I have tried many water based enamels over the years and have liked none of them! I find them all too sticky and they never give that hard shiny gloss like an oil does - OK for exterior but no good for doors and trim etc..
This paint (alkyd full gloss version) is the closest I have seen to a real oil enamel - so glad I took a punt on this.
It isn't as forgiving of poor technique as oil is but does feel somewhat similar to use.
Purchased in January 2020.
Worst paint ever
This review is for for the neutral base paint in gloss. I used a yellow tint. You can't use this paint on vertical surfaces. Even very thin layers run just before setting. This paint has very little pigment (and yes I did stir it before use). For a general 2-3 layer appearance, you need to put on 6 coats. So, this paint needs twice as many coats as other products, and because of its runniness will have a bad finish unless you only paint horizontal surfaces.
Doesn't perform as described on info sheet. Terrible experience
I used for a commercial project according to instructions because of the need for a low odour fast drying product. Applied according to instructions, several thin coats with ample drying time in between. Tin advertises a fast drying paint -- was marking up with fingerprints and scuffing days after final coat applied. Had to completely strip paint and start again. 4 days lost. Complained to Taubmans, extremely disappointed with response. No niceties, Was told it takes a week to cure -- nowhere does it state this on the tin or the info sheet to be found online.
Don't believe the hype about the product. Had they simply offered to refund the unused tin I wouldn't have bothered writing the review.
Purchased in August 2019 at bunnings for A$91.00.
I found this paint amazing. Coverage is excellent. I water it down slightly as it is a thicker paint but I’d rather buy thicker paint and water it down slightly than pay for thin watered down paint. I found two coats gave a beautiful finish and covered evenly. I can’t understand some of these reviews as it’s honestly a paint that has impressed me so much I’ve considered writing to Taubmans to tell them (which I never do). I also wrap my brushes immediately in glad wrap if not completing my painting straight away and haven’t had any problems at all with my brushes. I used the product with a roller on cupboard doors and brushes on skirting and all look fantastic.
Not worth its money
Bought this paint from Bunnings as suggested by a salesperson in store .the paint is very thick, when used the paint brush it left the streak marks , tried roller paint being thick it was difficult.
Won’t advise anyone to use this paint
I'm not a professional painter, but I was born into a family of them and handed a loaded brush the moment I could walk (though not for long - handing a toddler a brush full of lead-based paint went about as well as you can imagine). My point is, while I'm certainly not a skilled professional, I'm not a complete novice either, and I have to preface this review with that information because I do think people who don't paint often might struggle with this product without proper preparation.
I also admit that I almost always choose oil-based ename...l over water, but in this instance I had to replace skirting in a room that had been (poorly) painted by previous owners with this brand. The existing paint is atrocious (bits chip off constantly) so I was apprehensive, but time constraints meant I had to pick my battles and get something to match the doors and architraves. After completing this task I'm now convinced the previous owners simply didn't prepare and apply properly. The paint is perfectly adequate and suited to trims. I bought pre-primed skirts but gave them a matte base coat before starting on the top coats. Sanded between each coat (180 for base and 1st coat, knocked down with 240 for the final). Although it dried quickly (2-3 hrs indoors), I waited at least 8 hours between coats due to climate. Used 2 1/2 inch quality hogsbristle and synthetic brushes. You must take care to load your brush properly with this paint, it's not at all forgiving like oil-based enamels. The paint does have a weird consistency. It genuinely acts like a non-newtonian fluid. For example, if you go back on your stroke it pulls like un-thinned oil paint on a 40 degree day, but if left a sec it starts to drip like water. So the secret to avoiding patchy coverage is to not go back on it immediately (even to feather). Do a light pass and wait 60 seconds or so - sort of like slightly delayed double coating. It's just that under the initial tension of the stroke the paint acts semi-solid and it needs a moment to settle. It is not as glossy as gloss oil-based enamel, but it is comparable to an oil semi-gloss and it seems durable. There is very little smell, which is great (note: I used the standard water-based NOT the alkyd). It did gum up my brushes a bit, and was more difficult than regular acrylics to clean off, but still a lot easier than turps clean-up. Overall, I found it more economical for trims than White Knight water based enamel (my usual go-to if I need a non-oil for small jobs). It won't yellow like oil-based or water suspended alkyd will, but I obviously don't yet know if it will be as durable as traditional enamels. My biggest complaint is that the smallest tin it seems to come in is 1lt, which is more than I needed for this job, but the remainder can be used to repair the poor job on the architraves. Yay...
Terrible to use
I sanded door trims to fine finish, finish from prior tradesperson was average. Spent hours sanding filling then two coats 3 in 1 primer surfacer. Sanded lightly then put first coat of colour, white, and within seconds of applying would skin so could not spread coat out to even finish leaving heavy brush marks. I am not impressed at all. Unluckily paid by credit card and itemized Bunnings receipt thrown out. Also bought colour for door, now sorry I bought Taubmans Ultimate Enamel.
First time use, I'm impressed....
There's so much to say about other reviews here. But I will first comment on the paint...
I used the Alkyd (note this is different from 'water based enamel') for the first time yesterday. I am a painter by trade and have always preferred oil based paints. I was painting trim and I have got a result that is equal to oil based enamel gloss. I'm very happy with the result. The gloss is as glossy as oil, and the finish is bloody close to being as good too. But, I did have to take more care - maybe because I'm new to it...
Here's som...e tips... 1. If your preparation isn't excellent, neither will your finished result be. 2. Use a regular undercoat, I always tint my undercoat close to the colour of the top coat. Always use a base coat, even if its regular old 'low sheen'. Do not begin with gloss - you'll just have to do more sanding and painting. 3. Give your undercoat a very light sand so it feels silky smooth to touch. Wipe off with a damp soapy cloth. 4. Apply your top coats thin. If you've done a good job with your undercoat, your fist top coat might look awesome and you can leave it at that. But expect to do a second top coat. *if you've used a roller, use a DRY high quality clean brush to VERY light tip off. This is the important part. Do not put paint on your brush - use clean, dry bristles to VERY lightly tip off what you have rolled.
Strong paint odour
I have been airing out the room for 3 days, but it still has a very strong paint smell. Only painted the trim around one door and one window. And the room reeks. It smells like turps paint. There is no way that this product is low VOC. False advertising, this paint is not low odour.
Pretty good results
Used it over mdf cupboards, drawers and doors in kitchen. Correct priming and sanding is required to get the best finish. Works well of the brush and flows adequately off a trim roller. Looks good and sets nice and hard... No problems....
Seen a lot of reviews on this paint saying it was hard to use with a brush or it didn't cover properly or it destroyed brushes or was coagulated when bought from Bunnings! Absolute rubbish from people that obviously can't paint! It's a brilliant paint. For a start, don't buy your paint from Bunnings as a lot of their stock has been sitting for ages and of course paint goes off. Buy it directly from a Taubmans outlet. Don't use 2 dollar brushes either. Monarch make decent brushes and I always use a 60mm Monarch cut in brush for sills and architr...aves. Had my brushes for nearly 2 years using all types of Taubmans paint, oil & acrylic. You just need to clean them regularly. It doesn't hurt to wash them during a paint session so they don't gum up or dry out. I use a wire brush after I've washed them to comb out the dry paint that gathers near the handle. If it's not covering properly then try some undercoat, it usually helps!!! I've never needed any more than 2 coats of Ultimate and that's putting a light colour over dark blue. The first coat will always be a bit streaky but the 2nd coat will cover fully. The final thing with ultimate is that it does contain some oil hence the high sheen. Wash your brush in water if it's starting to feel clogged or heavy then rinse it out in mineral turpentine. If your painting over old paint whether it's acrilic or oil based, get rid of the shine and use oil based undercoat for best results although in saying that, I've used Taubmans 3 in 1 with good results. One more thing, if your using a roller on doors, use a 5 nap roller. Anything larger than that you may as well use a mop! Ultimate is a really good paint.
I wish I had read reviews before I spent $77 on 4 litres. It applies like its got no substance to the paint and goes on patchy and uneven. This was using short nap roller and paint brush. Poor coverage meant 3 top coats trying to get a decent finish. A lot of hours of wasted labour. I have always been happy with Taubman's low sheen and ceiling paint but give the gloss a big miss.
Ultimate Enamel is fickle
Ultimate Alkyd Enamel is great when sprayed but don't bother using it with brush and rollers. Destroys brushes as well if you don't wash regularly whilst painting. As a painting contractor, I'm sticking to Dulux AquaEnamel, with all its faults, for the time being. If Taubmans somehow makes this product more friendly to brush and roll application, I would consider using again because it does give a nice sheen.
Not happy with this product, and found it very difficult to apply with any satisfactory result.
I bought 10 litres of this Ultimate for painting windows and skirting boards etc. the first tin of paint had coagulated into something like cottage cheese. Bunnings replaced it. The second tin, when I started painting, it rapidly became clear to me that this product just ruined any previous prep work. I found it's impossible to over-paint after about two minutes, and found brush marks are virtually impossible to remove. Thankfully Bunnings refunded, and I bought 10 l of an oil based semi-gloss, Now happy!
Questions & Answers
I am painting a wooden bed with Taubmans water based enamel. The bed is wood stained and I think is sealed with a low gloss varnish (factory finished). I have sanded it and under coated with Taubmans 3 in 1 sealer. I’m having trouble with brush strokes, mainly on the slats and especially at the edges of the slats where they are rounded. After doing the first coat of the water based enamel I have had to sand the brush strokes off and am now back to bare wood in places. My questions are: 1. Should I re-apply the undercoat where I have bare wood? 2. Should I use a roller where possible and if not, what is the best brush to use? Wendy
When painting interior doors with gloss paint can you thin paint with water and how do you get a good finish?
When I had so much trouble with applying the paint evenly, a guy at Taubmans said that I could use a small amount of water to thin it, though I can't remember the amount.
I ended up using a foam roller on the doors and a brush on the frames. I had to work quickly to roll the paint so that it didn't create overlay patches. It took several rolls over each area to work it into an even spread and then a very light roll over top to smooth it off. I preferred to have an even ripple effect from the roller than streaks from the brush.
I found the paint a good consistency for painting my trim and seemed to have lots of time to work the paint. I think I would use that Flowtrol paint thinner for acrylic paint if I was thinning it. This product should give you extra working time. Doors are so hard to do. I only used the paint for trim so did not have to work on a large area.. Best of luck with your painting.
Hi everyone does anybody suggest good water based semi gloss paint other than dulux aquanamel semi gloss
have used this and results are not good it dries very quickly and results are not good. any paint that easy to apply any suggestion will be appreciated.
Yep Ive used Taubmans Ultimate enamel which is water based but slower drying so you have time to get a really good finish.
It dries quicker than oil based enamel and easy to clean up. My experience this time of year is to let it cure for a week before it gets any abuse. It takes a litle bit to harden up. I've got more info on my blog page. Ive been trying to find new paints for my business as some have gone off the market unfortunately.
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