5 Tips for a Flawless Finish
Are you searching for the smooth, polished finish in your paint project? Follow these five tips and you are almost there. Then, practice!
Now first, using a trunk as an example project piece, I recommend using a microfibre roller generously saturated with paint in one hand, and a straight edge synthetic bristle brush in the other hand. I mean, not literally. You could just alternate them in your hand, but the point is to keep a wet edge where you are painting. If you do the all corners and edges with your brush and allow the paint to dry, you will likely have lines where you rolled the paint to the edge of the brush marks. A foam roller tends to leave a pebbly appearance.
So your first tip is to work one panel at a time, painting in the edge and corner and then immediately roll over the flat sections
The second tip is to use a damp brush. This encourages the paint to flow off of the brush onto your project. It also helps to extend your wet edge. Here is how:
- Have a small container of water and a bunch of paper towels on hand
- Dip your brush in the water and dry it off on the towels so that it is only slightly damp but not wet
- Now dip it in the paint
- You will feel your brush gliding like silk
- When you feel it starting to pull, dip it back in the water
Note that when you use Fusion Mineral Paint with this method is may appear streaky. The streaks disappear as it dries so do not overwork it.
Third, we recommend a good quality synthetic brush like our Cling On or the Country Chic short handled brush. The latter has a straight edge with a point that helps to get in those corners without a build-up of extra paint.
Fourth, brush in long, light strokes. Dabbing the brush, like we see so many do, creates texture every time you put the bristles down. You will find that a generous amount of paint just to halfway up the bristles will be enough to extend your stroke.
Lastly, put enough paint on for it to self-level but not to the point of dripping. This is one of those things you need to do to understand and find that ‘sweet spot’. Be kind to yourself and don’t expect to get it perfect the first time. These technique require a playful attitude, curiosity and repeated efforts.
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