How Enamel Paints are Made

Manufacturer and builder 6, 1894

There is a custom now gaining ground in public favor of finishing many of the small nicknacks, bric-a-brac, and fancy furniture that tend to make home more beautiful, by enamel paints, in preference to polishing the natural color, or staining and polishing, or varnishing in imitation of the usual woods. This plan of finishing has much to recommend it, for, apart from the pleasing variety thus gained by the use of artistic colors, and the fact that the articles can be made out of commoner, and consequently cheaper woods, it is so easy of application, thus rendering it alike of service in the finish of new goods and the renovation of old goods, in many cases giving the latter a new lease of life instead of allowing them to be cast aside as worthless. The foundation of some of these enamels is spirit varnish; they are made by carefully mixing and blending with the varnish some dry pigment of the required shade; and for these enamels, except that it is advisable to give new work a coat of size, no other preparation is needed, nor is it necessary to level down by means of the polish-rubber. Some goods may be given a pleasing finish by thinning out the last coat by the addition of a little metylated spirits or linseed oil, which will give a semilustrous or egg-shell finish.

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