Waterbased Acrylic Enamel paint problems

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Forum topic by Sawdust_Bob posted 09-20-2014 10:23 PM 955 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-20-2014 10:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: waterbased acrylic enamel paint problems

I just used Waterbased Acrylic Enamel paint for the first time on a craft project. Every thing was sanded and wiped clean with a damp rag. I’m using high gloss and it looks like it has sand in it. Two different colors and the same results.
Any suggestions?


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#1 posted 09-21-2014 01:21 AM

How are you applying it? Inside or out? What’s the temperature and humidity?

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#2 posted 09-21-2014 02:51 AM

I used both a foam and a new general purpose brush. I applied in inside with around 60% humidity and temperature around 75.

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#3 posted 09-21-2014 03:47 AM

What kind of rag and what do you mean by damp rag, level of wetness? Does it leave water residue behind after wiping?

I’ve found that a regular cotton rag doesn’t do a good job of wiping dust off.

I use a microfiber cloth and spray it 1 time with a spray bottle before wiping.


Other thoughts:
Is the place where it dries dusty?
Is the paint old or dirty?
Brush old or dirty?
Did you sand and put a finish coat or was the last step where you sanded the final coat?

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#4 posted 09-21-2014 04:20 AM

It is water based so it will make the grain stand up if you did not use a primer. That might make it feel like sand.

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#5 posted 09-21-2014 12:08 PM

I think Tomd is onto something. I paint under the same conditions and the same means, even use a cotton towel, and have never had those issues but I always prime bare wood. The only other possibility I can think of that hadn’t been mentioned is if this paint is particularly thick and has a short open time and you’re having problems with the brush dragging, in which case you can add floetrol or even thin it just a bit, but I think it’s a primer issue.

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#6 posted 09-21-2014 01:04 PM

You almost certainly have grain raising, caused either by the “damp” rag or the paint itself. I suspect the wood is sealed now, so if you smooth off the fibers and re paint everything will be in good shape. It is useful to prime first, I use Zinnser BIN shellac based primer, it can be smoothed really easily and provides a good base for the acrylic.

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#7 posted 09-21-2014 04:28 PM

The coat of any film finish on bare wood will raise the grain, giving the wood a rough feel, and it doesn’t matter if it (the primer) is the final finish or shellac. Eliminate the roughness by lightly sanding with 220 sandpaper or drywall screen. Proceed by applying the final finish in as many coats as desired with no sanding between coats.

Since any finish can act as its own primer, there’s no functional point in using shellac as the first coat. It has to be smoothed anyway before anything else goes on top.

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