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by James Benney, Dan Greenough, and Doug Kelly JANUARY JLC 1997 Problems & Solutions Latex Enamel I Proper substrate preparation and good application technique are the keys to a durable finish f you listen to the paint advertisements on TV, you might think all you have to do to get a good, long-lasting latex enamel coating is to brush it on. The truth is, it takes knowledge and a lot of experience to produce durable and attractive work with latex enamels. There are many factors that can cause a latex coating to fail. Here are some of the most common, along with their solutions. C. BATES Paint Doesn't Stick Causes: ???Inadequate substrate preparation; no primer used. ???Paint applied over a glossy,