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The Difference Between Cellulose, Acrylic enamel 1k/2k & Synthetic Enamel Paint Types

Unsure as to which paint type is most suitable for your needs? Please see below for more information on paint types, or please contact us with any questions you may have.


Cellulose paint is the perfect choice for a range of surfaces. Cellulose is especially useful where faster drying time is necessary due to it's "air drying" nature.

Cellulose uses include:

  • Nitro cellulose enamel for general industrial use including machines, metallic shelves, tools and general
  • Ferrous substrates.
  • Car panels and bumpers.
  • Window & door frames (metal).
  • Doors
  • Building panels
  • Picture frames
  • Shop Fronts

Acrylic enamel

Acrylic enamel paint is available in both 1K (1 Pack) and 2K (2 Pack) and is tough wearing. The main advantage of using the 1K is a shorter drying time as opposed to the 2K, which will take around 24 hours to dry thoroughly.

1K Acrylic enamel uses include:

  • Window frames PVC/UPVC
  • ABS plastic
  • Rigid polystyrene
  • Most other DIY and professional uses

2K Acrylic enamel uses include:

  • Steel (the product does not contain any anticorrosive pigments, protection due to barrier-effect)? stainless steel
  • Zinc coated steel (EG and HDG)
  • Aluminium and light alloys
  • Brass
  • Zinc alloys
  • FGRP (polyester + fibreglass)
  • Phenolic resins and urea resins
  • Nylon (PA) *
  • Polyurethane resins (PUR)
  • Carbon fibre

Synthetic Enamel

Synthetic enamel is a very hard-wearing paint option. Synthetic Enamel will provide a smooth finish in only 2/3 coats but will take considerably longer to dry.

Synthetic Enamel uses include:

  • Push bikes
  • Motorcycles
  • Car panels
  • Farm machinery
  • Kitchen appliances

Please note: Synthetic enamel can only be supplied with a 1K (1 Pack).