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Is enamel-based paint good for humidity?
June 2, 2022 at 4:00 PM
Enamel-based paint with two painters

An enamel-based paint may be a good option for high humidity areas as it can help to resist moisture and wear. The ideal humidity level for most painting jobs is between 30 and 50 percent. If the humidity is too high, the paint will take longer to dry and may start to peel. If the humidity is too low, the paint will dry too quickly and may not adhere properly.

Enamel-based paints are typically more durable than latex-based paints, so they may be a good option for areas that experience high humidity levels.

At UCI Paints, we manufacture enamel-based paint that is made specifically to handle the humid conditions in Southern Florida. Here’s what you need to know.

What is enamel-based paint?

Enamel-based paint is a type of paint that is made with resins that dry to a hard, durable, and glossy finish. They are often used on metal surfaces, such as pipes and railing because they resist moisture and wear.

Enamel-based paints are also used for areas that require a high level of durabilities, such as kitchens and bathrooms. However, they can be difficult to apply and may require more than one coat.

Why is an enamel-based paint best for humid locations?


When you look for paints that work well in humid areas, mostly, these paints require a gloss sheen or semi-gloss sheen. These types of finishes reflect light and help to resist moisture better than paint with a matte finish.

It inhibits moisture from the air to some extent, which can help to prevent peeling. In addition, an enamel-based paint typically has a higher level of resistance to mildew and mold because of its glossy finish.

If you're planning to start a painting project in a humid location, enamel-based paint may be the best option to consider. Here are a few tips to follow when using enamel paint in a humid location:

Tips for keeping your enamel-based paint at its best in humid areas

1. Use a primer

If you're painting over a surface that has never been painted before or if you're painting over a glossy surface, it's important to use a primer. This will help the paint to better adhere to the surface and will also help to resist moisture.

2. Add layers

Enamel-based paint can be difficult to apply, so it's important to add more than one layer. This will help to create a smooth, even finish that will resist moisture better. However, you should still only add as many layers as necessary to achieve the desired finish. Adding too many layers can make the paint more susceptible to peeling.

3. Use a high-quality paint

When painting in a humid area, it's important to use high-quality paint. This will help to ensure that the paint will resist moisture and won't start to peel.

4. Let it dry completely

Enamel-based paint takes around 6 hours up to a whole day before it dries completely. If the humidity in the air is too high, it can take longer for the paint to dry.

Reach out to a trusted paint professional

With over 50 years in the business, UCI Paints is the company to trust with your painting projects in Florida. Not only do we offer a variety of high-quality, enamel-based paints to choose from, but we also provide a 100% workmanship warranty to back our work.

Get in touch today by calling 954-581-6060 or through our contact form.