Product Review: ProMar 200 Waterborne Alkyd
Water based Alkyd?
That’s impossible, isn’t it? Apparently not. Sherwin Williams released its line of water based alkyds about a year ago and they are pretty amazing.
Based upon my chemistry background, I’m pretty sure that these products are not true alkyds. I deduce this from the fact that water is both the solvent and reducer for these products. I think that the moniker “water based alkyd” means “alkyd performance from a waterborne coating.”
We have used both the ProMar 200 and ProClassic water based alkyds. I am reviewing the ProMar line because my painters reported better results from it.
Inside the can…
Upon opening the can of ProMar 200 wb alkyd, you will notice a smooth textured coating and a mild, sweet smell – like banana Laffy Taffy. Because we have only been using this product on trim, we have not poured it into a roller pan. We have either brushed or sprayed it from buckets.
ProMar 200 WB alkyd has a thin body. It loads into your brush very nicely. It releases smoothly and evenly. For a thin bodies coating it covers well.
Another advantage of this coating is its adhesion. ProMar 200 WB alkyd can be applied onto minimally prepared oil paints without needing a primer. You should give the existing oil some profile by either scuff sanding or liquid deglosser.
The one pitfall that I saw was the urge to apply it too heavy or over working it. It levels extremely well for an acrylic coating. In order to avoid any runs or brush marks, apply it at a normal thickness and go. The paint does the rest.
The cured finish of ProMar 200 WB alkyd it what makes this coating so impressive. It dries to a smooth, hard block resistance finish like an alkyd.
I love ProMar 200 WB alkyd. For the price, it’s top of its class. It’s application, performance and finish are all comparable to a true alkyd, without the smell, slow dry time and messy clean up. I recommend this for trim, doors, windows and cabinets. (Note: This product is for interior use only).
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