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Old 10-15-2008, 03:54 PM   #16
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Latex or Enamel Terms and answers

I have been selling paint since 1994 and the ? about latex or enamel is always brought up. Enamel is a misused word. Enamel is the level of gloss in your paint. Most people think "oil or "latex". Oil base paint is called a "alkyd enamel", you clean up with mineral spirits aka paint thinner. Latex or acrylic is just that, a latex or acrylic enamel you clean up with soap and water. I hope this helps. Now for your garage, a satin or semi gloss "latex or acrylic enamel" will be fine. It is a harder finish than you standard flat or eggshell finish. And since no garage is dust proof, it will be easier to dust down your walls. Good luck and e-mail me if you have anymore questions.. Duane, Color Wheel Paints and Coatings


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Old 10-15-2008, 11:46 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by NoExperience View Post
Nestor who carries General Paint?
I did a search trying to find out who carries it and I came up empty.
Sorry, I missed the question first time 'round...

General Paint is part of the Comex Group, which is a group of paint companies that distribute the paints made by Comex, which is the largest paint manufacturer in Mexico. The companies in the group are:

General Paint
Color Wheel
Parker Paint, and

If you can find any of those paint companies in your area, they should sell EnviroGard, perhaps under a different name. Just ask about their "waterborne acrylics" and you should get the same stuff as EnviroGard.

I wish I knew how the stuff worked, but it does form a very hard and durable film, and the fact sheet linked to earlier does say it's an acrylic binder. It also says that it takes 28 days to fully cure, so it crosslinks. Beyond that, I don't know anything about the stuff, except that I've used it and it is a very durable coating, equal to oil based coatings in my view.

I used it about 20 years ago to paint the back stairway hand rail in my building, and that paint has stood up well for 20 years and counting. If you want a super durable paint with the advantage of water clean-up, EnviroGard (or competitor's equivalent) is certainly one way to go.

Just wish I knew what exactly was in it, and how it formed such a hard durable film with an acrylic binder.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:42 PM   #18
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I have found Behr paint to stay tacky for a long time. Sherwin Williams 200 eg-shel is pretty easy to work with but ask them to give you the contractors price it is about 19.00 a gallon
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Old 03-05-2009, 04:57 AM   #19
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i prefer using semi gloss paints. easy maintainance paint easy to clean up too


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