Can You Paint with Water Based Enamel Paint Over Chalk Paint?

by Carole
I am in the process of painting a Singer Sewing cabinet with ASCP. I would like to add a stencil over the chalk paint in white, but I don't want to have to buy a tin of the white ASCP. I already have a water based white enamel paint. Can I stencil over ASCP with the white enamel water based paint or will it adversely affect the chalk paint? Thanks.
  8 answers
  • 😀 😀 on Jan 31, 2015
    GDay Carole, I didnt think enamel paint was water based, acrylic is water based, enamel is oil based...... Either way, yes I would paint it over chalk paint. Pics when you are finished please 😀
    • Carole Carole on Jan 31, 2015
      @😀 Aquaenamal is water based paint. I use it all the time. Paint on with a brush, not a spray paint. Yes, I will post photos when it is all finished. Thanks.
  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Jan 31, 2015
    Enamel is not water based, but oil based. You can use it over chalk paint as the reader indicates.
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    • Hari Hari on Nov 09, 2020

      Hello there, I use ENAMEL “water based” aaaaaaaalllllllll the time, there are 2 types of enamels OIL BASED and WATER BASED, just look on internet, is everywhere 😉

  • Doug Doug on Jan 31, 2015
    Probably use primer first
  • They do make water based enamel. As long as the chalk paint has not been waxed, you can easily go over it with almost any product. If it has been waxed, its a totally different ballgame!
    • Carole Carole on Jan 31, 2015
      @Decorative & Faux Finishes Thanks so much. I will give it a go and ensure to wax after and not before!
  • Gloria tulip Gloria tulip on Jan 31, 2015
    Loved alll the replies. I have one further question: Does latex flat paint come in a spray can?
  • J J on Jan 31, 2015
    acrylic spray paint is water based. it comes varying finishes. hope that helps.
  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Jan 31, 2015
    Carole, you are right. It used to be (before latex paint was popular) that when we said enamel paint it meant oil paint. That was my reasoning. Ask anyone 70 or over and that is what they say. After researching, I see they use enamel in their description which indicates hardness of paint.
  • Ria Erasmus Ria Erasmus on Nov 05, 2016
    Lately enamel comes only in water based, as explained by the supplier when I asked about it. There must still be oil based enamel out there, but it will slowly disappear. Too many problems with allergies to turps made them change it. I have used only water based enamel for ages now.