Flawless paint finishIn this post Traditional Painter’s man in Ireland, Adam Bermingham, unlocks some of the secrets to achieving the professional Flawless paint finish that professionals and D.I.Y enthusiasts strive for. What kit does he use? Where does he buy it? How does he use it to best effect?
On a number of recent contracts I have been using some new painting kit, and I thought by sharing my experience, I can help homeowners & keen DIY, achieve better finishes when painting their woodwork.
Whether it’s a kitchen, a piece of furniture or your front door, this should help…
Hand Painting Techniques
The one thing to get to grips with is a process of “laying on & laying off.” Let me explain…
Laying on – with a foam roller apply a smooth even coat to the surface. You will notice that the paint is not smooth, no matter what you do. You will create an orange peel effect & sometimes bubbles.
Laying off – with a brush make long sweeping strokes, length-ways, softly along the surface. As you do this, you will see the paint begin to level. With each pass, soften your stroke & the brush marks will lessen each time.
(In the boat painting world it is also referred to as Rolling and Tipping. The lacquers and finish coats are applied with a foam roller and invariably there are tiny bubbles in the surface. With the tip of the paint brush, you literally tip off the tops of the bubbles. A light touch.)
In kitchen painting, the lay on / lay off process is a useful technique especially on Shaker style doors. This is a demo by Mark Nash my Traditional Painter colleague, with Tikkurila paint.
To perfect this technique takes time and a lot of practice. A good quality paint conditioner helps level oil paint, or a drop of water and conditioner in water-borne paints, but the best place to start for a flying start to a good finish is high quality professional painting kit…
The 2 inch Wooster Flawless is a new addition to my kit in recent weeks. It is a white, chemically tipped polyester paint brush, specifically designed for the above techniques. It is the best brush I have ever used for laying off water-based top-coat. (Recently I have been using it with the hybrid Colortrend Historic Eggshell.)
The hybrid paint has good flow, and the Flawless eased any marks away with ease. This review from Lee Simone in Yorkshire confirms that the Flawless is a great brush, but best suited to “lighter” paint, compared to, for example a stickier oil based eggshell.
It removed the ‘orange peel’ effect you get from roller application really well though it took a very light touch to avoid any brush marks. It also seemed to clog up a bit, but this was easily remedied by removing the excess paint with a lint free cloth. I think it would be a brilliant brush for paint that has more self levelling qualities than Dulux’s oil eggshell…
He later confirmed that it tips off wax oil (and varnishes) perfectly, or should we say flawlessly.
I am very struck on these distinctive *velvet flock sleeves available from My Paint Brush.co.uk.
They are lightweight, load a massive amount of paint and leave minimal orange peel effect. Always remember to get yourself a good quality roller frame. If the sleeve does not spin correctly it’s an uphill battle achieving a good finish.
The lime sleeve has become a big hit with professionals.
My Traditional Painter colleague in Warwickshire, Ron Taylor, who knows a bit about brushes too, concurs that the Adorn is a great all-round brush, its pick-up is excellent and is equally good at laying off on moldings & trim. It cleans well & at this price, it’s shaping up as a hit purchase.
Well that’s all for now. Get yourself the right kit and start painting. Keep practicing, and over time your hand painting techniques will improve and so will the finish.
… Happy Painting.
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