I am currently waiting for my 2nd coat of RS-.. ect to dry and I thought I would post some initial thoughts about painting this up while its all fresh in my head. Let me preface this by saying I am a bit of a perfectionist about this kind of thing so some of this might seam a bit anal.
So far this has been my application process.
2 coats Pittsburgh white latex primer/sealer
wet sand with fine/medium sanding sponge.
I used pittsburgh because I feel its a superior product to behr and I just happened to have some laying around. A downside, however, is that this stuff dries hard, rock hard. It laughed at my sanding sponge for about 30 minutes but I finally got it very smooth. An upside is that there's no way you're going to gouge this stuff with a sponge.
2 coats behr upw high gloss
wet sanding with the same sponge. Even though this was pretty smooth to start with my roller started to shed on the 2nd coat so I had to sand all the fibers out.
1 more coat upw high gloss.
I mixed the RS-M... This stuff is thin. pb and mm have both mentioned it but I want to tell all the people that might thing they messed up that its VERY thin. I followed the instructions to the t using a measuring bucket and a squirrel cage mixer. I would say its a little thicker then tomato soup.
I layed on a coat with a 1/4th mohair "non-shedding" roller. I used a rolling pan and a piece of drywall that was already coated in white primer to make sure that I hadn't over loaded the roller and it was evenly distributed. I used full slow stokes. The first thing I noticed was it didn't seem to want to stick to the gloss. What I realised after a few minutes of inspection was that it just wasn't getting into all the very small valleys in the surface. Even though my surface was pretty smooth at this point there was still some texture. I also noticed that it streaks pretty easily or so it seamed wet. What I ended up doing was rolling until my roller was out of paint and then going over the area I just rolled very lightly to even it all out. My paint also had a lot of air in it. I just couldn't get it out with the mixer so there were quite a few bubbles on my wall as I painted. This was not a problem. This mix is so thin that 95% of the bubbles popped on their own and when I went over the wet paint a 2nd time all the bubbles were taken care of.
Pb has said this numerous times but the paint WILL even out as it dries. I was using a 500w painters light and after the first coat I could still see some streaking but after 60 minutes of drying (fan assisted) the paint looked very even.
I will report back with more information in a while. Its time to get some food