In another life, from 1984 to 1995, I was a steel erection contractor.
During that time, I bought enamel meant to paint ornamental metal, and just
about any other metal from the local Las Vegas supplier for about $15 a
gallon. Then there came all the California regs (where the paint was
produced), and they went to other kinds of paint. I sold the company right
after that, and lost touch with paints.
Fast forward to today.
I have bought some alklyd enamel from a local supplier to do some of the
metal work I've been doing, and overall, I'm satisfied. Price is decent,
thins with mineral spirits, color is holding up.
Wifey goes to HD to get some special turquoise paint to redo security door
and patio table and chairs set. I tell her to tell the guy what the paint
is to be used for. She brings it home, and me, like a doofus, put it in the
pot not looking. It's freaking gloss latex for bathrooms. Well, needless
to say, it's going back.
What is available today, even if I have to go to Jones Paint, a local
contractor supply? Is alklyd enamel the way to go? I like Rustoleum, but
don't think I can get it mixed in the color I want, and I don't want to
experiment with $50 worth of paint. Is plain enamel for metal still made?
The local Ace has some industrial colors, but not sure if they mix colors.
Specific names of the paints would be most helpful. And that is technical
name, not brand name.