Boysen Quick Drying Enamel is the go-to paint product for a good number of things around the house. This includes metal gates and furniture, wooden cabinets and shelves, and other surfaces made of the mentioned materials. If you’re planning on painting with it anytime soon, the Boysen Technical Service Department has a few nuggets of wisdom to impart before you start.

Good Ventilation is Key

Keep the doors and windows open! If you’re working with an alkyd-type paint like Quick Drying Enamel, you will need good ventilation. Not only because these paints can have a strong chemical smell, but also because it has an effect on drying time.

Different types of paint dry in different ways. Alkyd-type paints dry through oxidation. This means that components of the paint react with the oxygen in the air in order to dry. So, better airflow helps ensure there’s enough oxygen in the area for your QDE to dry as quickly as possible.

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Don’t Apply It on Concrete

Boysen Quick Drying Enamel can be used on both wooden and metal surfaces but it should not be painted on concrete. The alkali in the concrete and the oils used in the paint lead to a chemical reaction called saponification.

You’ll notice saponification when the paint you’ve applied does not seem to dry. When you touch it, the paint will feel sticky or tacky even days after you’ve finished painting. You might even notice it as you’re painting—the paint you’ve just applied doesn’t seem to sit right or isn’t as smooth as it should be.

Stir Before Use

Some components of paint naturally settle. You may notice, for example, that your paint’s pigment has sunk to the bottom of the container. Give the container a good stir, making sure that what you use to mix the paint is clean to avoid contamination.

There may be times that a thin film also forms on top of your paint. This is called skinning and is particularly common among alkyd-type paints like QDE. Prolonged exposure to air and moisture triggers oxidation on the surface, forming the insoluble film. When skinning happens, simply remove the solid film and then stir.

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Use the Right Paintbrush

For smoother application, a paintbrush with natural bristles, commonly made of animal hair, works best when using QDE. Reserve brushes with synthetic bristles, commonly made of nylon or plastic, when working with water-based paints like Boysen Permacoat.

If you’re covering a larger area, you can also paint using a spray gun or roller. Rollers with foam naps are ideal for water-based paints, so best not to use those. Instead, you will be able to find multipurpose ones, like Fuyama rollers, that can be used for oil-based, solvent-based, and water-based coatings.

Achieve Other Colors Using Tints

There are 22 readily available colors for Boysen Quick Drying Enamel, including black and white. Find them at your nearest home depot ready for you to take home. They all come in a glossy finish for that sought-after shine. The glossy finish also makes cleaning your painted surface easier.

For even more color options, you can also mix your own hues using Boysen Oil Tinting Colors. With the colorants, you’ll be able to get pastel to medium shades. For help, you can watch Let It B’s quick video tutorial on mixing colors or get help from the Boysen app with its handy Mix Your Colors tool.

Boysen Quick Drying Enamel

Want to know more about Boysen Quick Drying Enamel? Let It B covers a lot of what you need to know about it here: Product Highlight: Boysen Quick Drying Enamel. You can also find its technical details on the Boysen website ( and Boysen app.

For questions and inquiries about Boysen Products, feel free to reach out to our technical team at or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours for a one-on-one consultation.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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