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    Default Can I paint over Aqanamel with oil based enamel?

    Hi folks

    I've got an old set of drawers, which I painted with Aquanamel a few years back. I've never been 100% happy with the finish, so I've decided to redo them (besides, I want to change the colour of the drawer fronts), but this time with regular semi gloss enamel. Now, I've had a bit of a search on the old interwebs for this, but I can't seem to find anything, so I'm wondering if anyone has attempted this, and how you went about it...

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LotteBum View Post
    Hi folks

    I've got an old set of drawers, which I painted with Aquanamel a few years back. I've never been 100% happy with the finish, so I've decided to redo them (besides, I want to change the colour of the drawer fronts), but this time with regular semi gloss enamel. Now, I've had a bit of a search on the old interwebs for this, but I can't seem to find anything, so I'm wondering if anyone has attempted this, and how you went about it...

    Thanks in advance!

    Cheers,
    Lotte
    Technically,not a problem,but because the existing finish is mediocre I would light sand/prime/light sand,then apply enamel.
    This will help eliminate the existing brush marks and give your enamel a better finish.
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    opening a can of worms here...............

    add a paint conditioner like Floetrol or Penatrol (plastic or enamel) and you will have less problems with brushmarks. I am a mug weekend warrior and love Aquanamel, chuck a bit of Flowtrol in and goes on like a dream and wash up in water. Love it

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    Thought I read once that Floetrol reduces the service life of paint, not sure. Also I do wonder why the paint manufacturers don't sell their paint with a flow agent already in the formulation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild01 View Post
    Thought I read once that Floetrol reduces the service life of paint, not sure. Also I do wonder why the paint manufacturers don't sell their paint with a flow agent already in the formulation.
    Go to a painting forum and take a look. The debate is a lively as our forum gets when someone talks about nailing a deck or DIY plumbing and electrical.

    For interior use on skirts etc. I have never had a problem and I got the tip from a pro. Around my place I get enforced colour changes every few years so that is more of a hazard to the paint than time. 😳
    I despise painting so anything that makes it easier......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    Around my place I get enforced colour changes every few years so that is more of a hazard to the paint than time....
    Haha my Dad has the same issue, poor bloke..

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