Latex enamel paints are highly durable, easy to clean, eco-friendly paints that dry quickly, with a high gloss finish. Often used in areas of higher traffic once reserved for oil-based paints, latex enamel paints are applied using traditional painting methods. In some applications, the painter finds that “spraying” the paint is the best method. When spraying with latex enamel paints, the desire exists to thin the paint for sprayer application. An excellent method of protecting sprayers and conditioning the latex enamel paint is a product called a waterborne paint conditioner. A popular brand is Floetrol.
Things You'll Need
- Waterborne paint conditioner
- Latex enamel paint
- Stir stick or mechanical mixer
- Mixing container
Obtain latex enamel paint.
Obtain waterborne paint conditioner. Water will work, since all you are doing is watering down a water-based paint; however, waterborne paint conditioners such as Floetrol have benefits water cannot provide.
Determine the type of sprayer apparatus to use for the project. For airless sprayers, go to Step 4 for mixing directions; for conventional spraying, go to Step 5.
For airless sprayers, thin the latex enamel paint by adding approximately 10 percent by volume of the waterborne paint conditioner per liter of latex enamel paint.
For conventional spraying with a cup and gun, use between 5 percent and 10 percent by volume of the paint conditioner per liter of latex enamel paint to reach the desired flow and consistency for the paint.
Begin using the paint.