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Fine Paints of Europe Eco Hybrid oil enamel


Fine Paints of Europe on Coronado Home

The finest primer and paint available

  • FPOE oil undercoat is a true oil primer in the old tradition. It is a long oil primer so that it is slow to dry but really soaks in to the substrate and bonds like in the old days. It is thick and after a few days of drying, will sand to super smooth
  • After priming FPOE has two products for getting a surface mirror smooth. Both are old fashioned Swedish Putty. One is brush grade (applied with a brush) and one is knife grade (applied like spackle).  When this application is dry, we sand with 220-400 sand paper before applying Eco or Hollandlaq/DutchLaq
  • If you want the very finest in craftsman applied European finishes….Fine Paints of Europe is it!

Is oil paint still available?

Entry door with Fine Paints of Europe

Is oil based paint still available?

Yes! But… is not as easily available as it was in the old days!
Are you looking for that old fashioned, hard as a rock, smells terrible paint, that lasted forever? Well it is is still available in very expensive ($50) quarts only through very specialized retailers of “Fine Paints of Europe” and their product called “DutchLaq”, an incredible satin or gloss oil paint that we often use on entry doors because of its hard, piano-like finish and deep, rich colors. More ubiquitous is a new hybrid formulation of oil based resins that have been emulsified in water! These paints are truely oil based but are thinned with water and clean up with water! Because the oil resin is confined in little globules, chemically held in a suspension of water, there is very little smell. Hybrid oil applies with almost no smell at all. It does take a bit longer to cure than old fashioned paint thinner-thinned oils but after a month or so of curing, hybrids is very hard as well. These new formulations go by the monikers such as: “Hybrid-Oil”, “Emulsified Oil”. For about 20 years paint companies have been working on these and most work quite well.
When should you use a DutchLaq or a hybrid-oil?
If the surface you are re-coating is presently painted with an oil enamel then it is fine to use an oil finish over an old oil finish….do not think, though that you do not have to prepare the surface. Regardless of what the label on your paint says, it is always imperative to clean and then de-gloss the surface before painting; this promotes good mechanical adhesion as the paint will flow into the small scratches made by sanding. Cleaning first serves the purpose of getting hand oils and other contaminants off the surface so that when you sand , you are not forcing the hand oils into the tiny scratches which are very dificult to get clean at that point and adhesion is compromised

Some folks prefer a brushed look that shows the age of the door with soft brush strokes that give a sense of history and a craftsman’s touch. Others prefer a sprayed finish that can only be achieved with careful sanding and often requires the use of Swedish Putty, a brushed on thick filler that when sanded, provides an ultra smooth surface for spraying.