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|04-02-2009, 10:13 AM||#1|
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what is the difference between flat and flat enamel?
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|04-02-2009, 11:44 AM||#2|
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1). One of them says 'enamel' on the end.
2). I'll bet a painter would know.
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|04-02-2009, 07:08 PM||#3|
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Not being Mr. Science, I can't tell you the chemical difference per say...but...
There are "technically" enamels, and their are "waterborne" enamels
Traditionally, an "enamel" was an oil-based trim paint, much, much harder than a wall paint
Excellent for trim, cabs, doors...
Over the years, as people shied away from oils, and then needed to as per the EPA, "waterborne" enamels appeared on the scene
The idea being that these were water-based replacements for traditional enamels
Along the way, some companies discovered ways of making cheaper paints which were, technically speaking, enamels
So you end up with some cheaper quality paints, like Ben Moore's SuperHide and Home Depot's Behr
Both are technically enamels, but not anywhere near like Ben Moore Satin Impervo or Sherwin Williams Pro Classic
Both are "cheaper" paints, but BM's SH kicks HD's B's butt on so many levels
So, although you may have someone saying "you should use an enamel for those cabinets", they really mean an oil or waterborne enamel
Although you may have someone saying "waterborne and latex mean the same thing" they are almost correct
And if they say "the word 'waterborne' is just marketing" they are also almost correct
Yes, it is marketing....but it's also a nit-picking technical difference which in reality means quite a bit
A 'waterborne' enamel is usually a quality coating hard enough for trim
A 'latex' or 'water-based' enamel merely means it's 'technically' an enamel
Unfortunately, it's a fine print technicality in which either:
A) Manufacturer or retailer marketing exploits
B) N00bs/DIYers don't understand
Yes, it can be confusing
Thank HD marketing and sales for that
(sorry, they are the main confusers in this arena)
They love, encourage, and count on, the old adage, "a little knowledge.....means we can obfuscate the actual truth because it's pretty nit-pickingly boring and technical and our target consumer has the attention span of a fly"
"History shows again and again how nature puts up with the folly of men"
-Blue Oyster Cult
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