Waterbased or Enamel?

Through our own personal experience we recommend Admiralty Paints waterbased paints as they both act and appear identical to enamels but also have a number of advantages and only one minor limitation as detailed below:

Advantages of using waterbased paints:

  • Admiralty Paints waterbased paints are touch dry far quicker than enamels, meaning less time waiting around and more time modelling.
  • Admiralty Paints waterbased paints offer a better one coat coverage than enamels.
  • Admiralty Paints waterbased paints can be thinned down with water to produce ‘washes’ whereby the surface is coloured by the paint but the underlying grain and natural wood is still visible.
  • Admiralty Paints waterbased paints are non harmful.
  • Using Admiralty Paints waterbased paints means paint brushes, clothing, skin etc. can all be washed in water; there is no need for chemical cleaners unless the paint has thoroughly dried (24-48 hours).

Limitation of using waterbased paints:

  • Some components that require soaking can not be pre-painted. For example some modellers will paint the wale planking prior to soaking in water, bending and attaching to the model. If Admiralty Paints waterbased paint has been used and has not been allowed to dry for 24-48 hours, the colour may bleed onto surrounding timber. Once thoroughly dry, Admiralty Paints waterbased paints are waterproof.

Discontinued please note that, due to the overwhelming popularity of the waterbased paints, we have now discontinued the enamels. We still have a limited number of enamel paints in stock which we are keeping for customers already using enamels and finding they need a small amount more to finish their project. Please contact us for enamel paint availability.