Sign Enamel Satin is a high performance enamel paint with a sophisticated, understated sheen. This formulation yields superior coverage and an easily maintained washable finish. Sign Enamel Satin flows on easily, levels beautifully and conceals minor surface flaws. Although all paints perform best when applied over a FPE Primer/Undercoat, Sign Enamel Satin does not usually require a primer when applied over clean, previously painted oil finishes in good condition. Sign Enamel white resists yellowing. However, even the highest quality white oil finishes will yellow in the constant absence of ultraviolet light; i.e., inside of a closet or in a room with little direct sunshine. (See EUROLUX, page 18, non-yellowing white.)
Fine Paints of Europe sells paint systems. We do not sell individual products for use with primers from other manufacturers. Please make certain that you are using the correct Fine Paints of Europe primer specified for your coating.
Coverage rates with Fine Paints of Europe are dramatically better than with domestic coatings when used with one of our “high build- high tooth” primers. Never apply a Fine Paints of Europe paint to a surface which has been primed with a sealer such as Shellac, Bin™ or Kilz™. These are fine products when used for their intended purpose but they do not provide adequate friction for great adhesion with our coatings.
Surfaces to be painted should be dry, free of dust, chalk, grease and any foreign material that would affect adhesion. Grease and wax should be removed with an appropriate solvent (especially important on kitchen cabinets where use of a deglossing agent is recommended before painting or priming).
Dust and chalk must be removed by scrubbing with a mild powdered detergent and warm water; rinse with fresh water. Do no prepare surface by washing with a liquid cleaning agent which can interfere with adhesion.
When mildew is encountered, it must be removed thoroughly by washing with a mild bleach solution. It is imperative that all bleach residues be removed by rinsing.
When painting metal surfaces, all corrosion and rust must be removed, them primed with appropriate FPE metal primer.
When painting new wooden surfaces, all knots must be sealed with shellac before priming to prevent bleeding.
Glossy surfaces must be dulled by a light hand sanding or a dulling agent (liquid sandpaper).
This finish is suitable for use on exterior doors, trim, shutters, furniture, etc. when applied as a finish coat over two coats of Sign Enamel Brilliant Enamel in the same color. (NOTE: One coat of Brilliant enamel is adequate as a “sub-coat” in mild climates) Refer to instructions for Sign Enamel Brilliant.
Many professionals have discovered that the easiest way to apply Sign Enamel Satin is over one coat of Sign Enamel Brilliant in the same color. This approach affords faster application, better leveling and better chip resistance.
Please note: Fine Paints of Europe recognizes spray application as an excellent method to apply our coatings, however we do not consult on the specifications nor the equipment needed to do so.
Sign Enamel SATIN
Tools: Use a first quality, clean, natural bristle brush. We recommend the following brushes for this finish: Omega Small Flats (S57’s) or Omega Round Sash (S203’s) or premium quality professional roller covers in 3/8” nap.
New, unpainted surfaces and those previously painted with waterborne finishes: After surface preparation, apply one coat appropriate FPE Primer/Undercoat. use EUROLUX on new sheetrock, FPE Oil Primer/Undercoat or ECO Primer for wood, Primer AC for ferrous metal, Key Primer for non-ferrous metals and plastics. Primer coat should be sanded with 220 grit paper and tacked clean before receiving two thin, even coats of Sign Enamel Satin. Allow each coat to dry overnight. For added durability and chip resistance (kitchen cabinets, doors) apply two primer coats before painting and apply first coat of Sign Enamel in Brilliant. Finish job with Sign Enamel Satin.
On interior surfaces previously painted with oil-based paints: Surfaces painted with an oil finish that are sound and do not need significant preparation may be painted without priming. Apply two thin coats of Sign Enamel Satin following a light sanding and thorough cleaning to remove dust and foreign material. Painted surfaces which do require heavy sanding or scraping should be cleaned and then coated with the appropriate FPE Primer/Undercoat before receiving a Sign Enamel Satin system.
Sign Enamel should be stirred well before use and applied in thin, even coats. Under normal environmental conditions this product requires no thinning. Clean up with FPE Mineral Spirits. This paint takes fourteen to twenty-one days to cure to a Satin finish. Work area should always be well ventilated.
For optimal results: When applying Sign Enamel Satin, we recommend a light sanding with a fine grade of sandpaper – 220 or higher grit – between coats. This step should be followed by a light vacuuming or wiping down with a clean rag or tack cloth. Care should be taken to allow complete drying between coats and before sanding.
Easy to clean. Wash with mild powdered detergent and warm water, rinse and dry (buff) thoroughly to avoid water spots.
2.5L container covers 370 square feet
Almost unlimited in original unopened containers.
- Binder: Urethane alkyd resin combination
- Pigments: Titanium Dioxide, mineral and organic color pigments
- Solvent: Mineral Spirits
- Clean up: FPE Mineral Spirits
- Specific gravity [g/cm3]: 1.28 white (varies according to color)
- Solids by contents (white):
- by weight: 71%
- by volume: 51%
- Viscosity: 95 – 100 KU
- Specular gloss: (60˚): 35 – 40 GU
- Recommended film thickness:
- wet: 65 microns/coat
- dry: 33 microns/coat
- Drying Time: 2 hours dust free 16 hours recoatable depending on humidity
- VOC: 330 g/l
Sign Enamel Solvent Borne Colorants – FOR U.S. ONLY:
Colorant Alk20 White
Colorant Alk 21 Organic Yellow
Colorant Alk 22 Organic Orange
Colorant Alk 23 Organic Red
Colorant Alk 24 Organic Violet
Colorant Alk 241 Blue Violet
Colorant Alk 25 Phthalic Blue
Colorant Alk 26 Phthalic Green
Colorant Alk 261 Oxide Green
Colorant Alk 27 Oxide Yellow
Colorant Alk 28 Oxide Red
Colorant Alk 30 Black