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Rustoleum Enamel

Tips of the Trade

Are you sick of me professing my love of oil-based paints yet? :) When I want a custom color mixed, I use Benjamin Moore’s or Sherwin-Williams’ Porch and Floor paint, but if I’m at Home Depot and need a pretty basic color, I reach for the quarts of pre-mixed Rustoleum Enamel.

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I’ve used their blue:

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Red:

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White:

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Black:

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and Gray:

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Eileen from A Creative Day was adventurous and tried out the Hunter Green Rustoleum recently and emailed me the results. Check out this beautiful color!

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I’m itching to use it myself now! Such a pretty shade of emerald!
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What did you think?
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39 thoughts on “Rustoleum Enamel

  1. Hi guys!

    I think primer can never hurt, especially if you're trying to cover a coat of latex. Just make sure to use an oil-based primer (I like Zinsser brands). A light sanding is always a good idea too.

    I use the foam rollers for latex paints usually, but I prefer using a good 2" angled brush for oil-based paints (or really any paint with a super high sheen). If you're having trouble with brush marks, which usually oil-based paints self level really well, you can add a chemical called Penetrol that helps reduce brush marks. I think it's worth trying without it first though. I like Penetrol, but I think it changes the consistency of the paint a little too much.

    I gave some of my tips for applying oil-based paints with a brush in this post:
    http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-strip-vintage-furniture.html

    xo

    1. Hi Jenny,
      Was referring to your love for rustoleum posts. We have cool vintage DR chairs that will look so different wits black. Do you have any tips for smaller surfaces like a cbair? Should I go for it?
      Thanks Whitne

  2. I am looking to paint a piece for my summer porch in a bright color and now I feel inspired to tackle this. My local hardware store has Rustoleum Enamel….
    I do love it in black too.
    pve

  3. that is a great color…i have a bench in my kitchen that takes a good beating and could use a coat of oil-based paint. now, to get over my irrational fear of using it…water-based paint is just so much easier.

  4. Jenny, your rustoleum projects look great! I was wondering if you used a primer first and if so which one? I am excited about trying the gloss white on a vintage Parsons bench!

  5. No! Not sick of it! Because of your tip, the next time I tackle a project that needs a custom color, I'll be mixing with the oil base too. It's so much easier to paint with and I never thought of it!

    asyncopatedhome.blogspot.com

  6. I had twin beds painted with Rustoleum's forest green enamel in my bedroom growing up. I still love (and miss) that rich glossy green even though the beds are now white!

  7. I'm so excited to try this for an entryway table that I've been repainting in latex forever and it never looks right. Does anybody know, do I need to strip that table first? Or can I just slap some oil over the latex?

  8. Hi guys!

    I think primer can never hurt, especially if you're trying to cover a coat of latex. Just make sure to use an oil-based primer (I like Zinsser brands). A light sanding is always a good idea too.

    I use the foam rollers for latex paints usually, but I prefer using a good 2" angled brush for oil-based paints (or really any paint with a super high sheen). If you're having trouble with brush marks, which usually oil-based paints self level really well, you can add a chemical called Penetrol that helps reduce brush marks. I think it's worth trying without it first though. I like Penetrol, but I think it changes the consistency of the paint a little too much.

    I gave some of my tips for applying oil-based paints with a brush in this post:
    http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-to-strip-vintage-furniture.html

    xo

  9. Their John Deer Green is wonderful too – my absolute favorite!

    Whatever happened to the extended Rustomleum colors that was supposed to come on the market? I've been looking for them for the past two years!

  10. I prefer the convenience and easy cleanup of acrylic paints for most projects, but when I want a durable high gloss, I usually reach for an oil spray paint, or the Rustoleum cans like the ones you posted.

    I used their beige and dark grey (which looks more like a blue) on this restored antique cupboard:

    Thye lighting isn't the best (since this was in my garage)

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  11. So pretty! I'm really curious to hear what you think about painting cheap furniture. I have a piece that would be beautiful if I could paint it but not sure if it's worth it

  12. I was JUST thinking about your love of this paint and wondering if there was a green available! Not quite ready to take the plunge, but brainstorming for our Ikea dresser that could use a new look at some point.

  13. I LOVE the cabinet for the white example. Can you give me any tips on where to find one like it or key words to search for?

    PS.. I <3 this blog!!

  14. Just curious – would you ever use this to paint kitchen cabinets? I worry about paint becoming tack-y, causing cabinet doors to stick to one another.

  15. I have just painted my kitchen cabinets in the gloss grey. They were laminate, and inspired by the post of the bathroom redo, I gave a try. I am happy with the results, also for a beginner like me. No sticky.

  16. where do you purchase Benjamen Moore's Porch & Floor paint?

    Also when you had it mixed for the Behr Citonette color. Did your local hardware store just match the color or they used the behr color exactly?

    thank you!!

  17. I adore the Rustoleum Enamels and all of the projects look great but could you please post a pic of the cans you use when you are custom mixing from Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. I want the same results with more color options!

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