Pro Industrial Waterbased Alkyd Urethane Enamel – 2022 Review

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Sherwin Williams Pro Industrial Waterbased Alkyd Urethane Enamel is a high-end, interior/exterior coating. It is designed for heavy traffic areas like handrails, doors, cabinets, etc. 

Commercial painting contractors use this in places like schools, office buildings, and higher end apartments. 

While it is marketed towards commercial painters, it is also a great product for trim, doors, and cabinets in homes. 

I have painted this product on some trim and a kitchen table in the past. 

I was unable to find much information online about the product, and decided to share my experiences with it here. 

If you have found a can stored in your basement and want to know a little more about the product, this article is for you. 

Here, we will learn about:

  • Coverage
  • Application
  • Washability + Durability 
  • Sheen levels 
  • Price
Washability + Durability9/10
Sheen Levels7/10

Let’s jump in.

Pro Industrial Waterbased Alkyd Urethane is, like the title alludes, a water based alkyd. This means it has all the pros of an oil based enamel and gives you a durable, smooth finish. 

But, it is easy to work with and cleans up with water, like a water based paint. 

The cons of oil paint are eliminated by the waterborne alkyd. It is low VOC, meaning there are not many harsh chemicals that are typically in oil. 

The smell is not nearly as bad as oil, although it still has an odor. You also won’t need any thinners or solvents, just water. 

Water Based Alkyd Urethane Coverage

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This product is not a paint and primer, nor is it marketed for its ability to cover well. However, this doesn’t mean that the paint has bad coverage.

I have never had to paint more than two coats. I can usually get away with two. Sherwin Williams recommends waiting at least 4 hours before applying a second coat.

If you are painting a color similar to what is on the trim already, you shouldn’t need more than two coats. You might even be able to get away with one coat.

When Alkyd Urethane has issues covering, it is typically because the color is very bright or very dark. Plan on a couple coats in those cases.

One gallon will do about 300-400 square feet.

Water Based Alkyd Urethane Application

Is it easy to apply? It is pretty easy to use, but we will look at a few potential problems.

One of this products sellings points is a smooth, uniform finish. It does this by self-leveling. While the paint is drying, it will level out minor brush and roller strokes.

Because of this, it is more likely to run and drip. Keep an eye as you go. 

Spraying this product will give you the best finish, but if you keep in mind the points above, brushes and rolling will give great results. 

If you are taking breaks throughout the painting process, make sure to cover your paint tray and wrap your brush or roller so the paint doesn’t dry and become unusable. 

Waterbased Alkyd Enamel Washability and Durability

This coatings best selling point is its washability and durability. It is designed for places that take a lot of abuse.  

Pro Industrial Waterbased Alkyd Urethane is an enamel, meaning that it dries very hard and smooth. It is easy to wipe down and clean off. 

This product will outperform any wall paint when it comes to durability. 

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It is important to use an enamel when painting objects that get beat up often like trim, doors, and cabinets. Alkyd Enamel outperforms most paints in those situations. 

This product will take light traffic right after it is dry, but you will want to wait a couple of days before any heavy traffic. 

Waterbased Alkyd Enamel Sheen Levels

Pro Industrial Waterbased Alkyd Urethane comes in low gloss, semi gloss, and gloss.   

The most common sheen for trim and doors is semi-gloss. Most walls are satin or flat, so the semi-gloss will pop. 

Cabinets and furniture are split between low gloss and semi-gloss. Choose whichever you like more.  

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Keep in mind that the higher the sheen, the more imperfections will be visible. If your trim or doors are beat up, think about using satin instead of semi-gloss. 

If they are smooth and in good condition, semi-gloss might be better for you. 


The pricing structure for Waterbased Alkyd Urethane is kind of weird. There will be different prices for contractors and homeowners.

Contractors will get this paint for $55-$75 a gallon. This depends on the size of the job and how much the painting company spends annually. 

For a homeowner/DIY customer, this paint is a lot more expensive. It is listed at $100+. 

Sherwin Williams wants homeowners to buy more DIY friendly products, so they price contractor products very high.

However, if you ask nicely, a lot of stores will give you a better price.  

Most enamel trim paints are going to be in this price range, so the cheaper option is using a wall paint on trim and doors. 

I wouldn’t recommend this, but if the area gets infrequent traffic, it’s not a bad option.

If you aren’t worried about durability and a smooth finish, Sherwin Williams Superpaint can go on doors and trim as well. It will cover well, but get marked up if the area is high traffic. 

Another great option for trim and doors would be Benjamin Moore Advance. It is just as durable, but can only be used indoors.  


What is Waterbased Alkyd Urethane used for?

It is used in places where durability is a must. Trim, doors, cabinets, handrails, furniture, and other high traffic areas. It typically isn’t used on walls.

Is Waterbased Alkyd Urethane better than oil?

Pro Industrial Waterbased Alkyd Urethane is nearly as durable as oil. It doesn’t smell, has less VOCs, and is water reducible.

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I have spent the last ten years working in various positions within the painting industry. I worked as a painter doing residential and commercial work for a couple of years, and then transitioned to working for the largest paint retailer in the world upon graduation from college.

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