I'm getting ready to paint some woodwork in my home.
A few years ago I had been through a home where the woodwork was painted
with an extremely high gloss white paint. I liked how it looked and was
interested in doing something similar. The paint was glossy enough it almost
looked like an epoxy paint, but I don't think it was. It was way more glossy
than standard high gloss interior paint. There were no brush marks in it. It
had an almost "glass like" finish. I did a search on google, but didn't
identify anything that seemed like that kind of paint.
Any ideas what kind of paint that might have been?
They offer "free" samples (you pay for S&H):
It's also possible/likely that it was sprayed, which would explain the
lack of brush marks. They may have even used a paint that was meant
for automotive or marine use where ultra high gloss paints are
Google "ultra high gloss paint" to continue your research.
Ben Moore impervo or P&L effecto are top line oils that dry without
brush marks if Penetrol is used. If its bare wood a sandable primeer Ben
moore enamel underbody should be used. Your job is only as smooth as
your sanding and you go up to 320g, its an expensive and time consuming
job not for an ametur
Keep in mind that if you even need to repaint it the new paint won't
stick very well unless you thoroughly degloss/sand it. I once painted
a bathroom with a high gloss paint and when I repainted it even though
I used liquid sandpaper on it, the new paint did not adhere well at
all. I wound up pulling the new paint off in sheets and had to sand
and redo it all. I will never again use anything shinier then
semi-gloss on walls.
Walmart's got high gloss white oil-based exterior paint. I've used it
for everything from all my trim to my bathtub and surround. It's
great paint for $15/gallon.
Seriously, it's the walmart brand too. The more you thin it, the less
you'll see brush strokes...just like polyurethane.
Several years ago (40 or more) There was a chain paint compny by name
of "Mary Carter" for awhile they put out a very high gloss interior
paint that has a silicone base. It was almost what one could call a
permanent paint. You could wash it and it would like the day you put it
on. I painted a kitchen with it and it was still like new 30 years
later after being washed several times.. Finaly decided to change color
and really had a job sanding it down so to paint over. It was so good
that think that is why they stopped making it, they were putting
themselves out of business. I've never seen anything since to equal. So
what you saw may have been some "Mary Carter" Paint.
A polyurethane enamel will give good results. If brush marks are a
problem, use something like penetrol. You can usually find a good
variety of polyurethanes at places that sell marine equipment and
supplies. I've had consistently good results with Pettit easypoxy
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