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Old 04-05-2011, 12:03 AM   #1
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I need to paint some wooden planter boxes. They will not be exposed to the elements on a daily basis. I am looking for a gloss finish. I could only find semi gloss paint in acrylic/latex. I found some high gloss enamel for interior/exterior. It is water based. What is the difference between enamel and a regular latex based exterior paint? Does it dry to form a hard shell? I don't want the boxes to look like plastic.

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Old 04-05-2011, 12:13 AM   #2
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Except for true flats, all interior/exterior sheen finishes are enamels. You can also get flat enamels, for washable environs. Enamels are more of a film forming finish with higher protective value, higher sheen=higher protection. High gloss exterior grade enamel is what you want.

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Except for true flats, all interior/exterior sheen finishes are enamels. You can also get flat enamels, for washable environs. Enamels are more of a film forming finish with higher protective value, higher sheen=higher protection. High gloss exterior grade enamel is what you want.
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I purchased some Valspar high gloss enamel for around $25. Sherwin Williams is having a 40 percent off sale this weekend. I was thinking about returning the paint (wasn't tinted) and buying a gallon of Duration paint. What are your thoughts on this?
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I think that would be a better deal. Just a thought, are these boxes lined or coated on the inside? Damp soil inside may wick through and damage the painted surface.
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I think that would be a better deal. Just a thought, are these boxes lined or coated on the inside? Damp soil inside may wick through and damage the painted surface.

Yes, there will be a plastic liner. Thanks again for the help.
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Yeah, the word "Enamel" used to imply "hard, glossy finishes" when Oil paints were first advertised. They were borrowing the idea from the hard "Enamel" layer on your teeth.
When Latexes started out, they too were called "Enamels".

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The term itself has NO meaning relative to paint-type or quality.

It WAS and always shall be...."A marketing buzzword"!

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