Originally Posted by GetGray
Thanks Mario. Does your FIL have any tips on painting trim you can share. I never seem to be able to get mine done without leaving brushmarks. I've tried adding Flotrol which helped, but it didn't look as clean as your's. I was using Porter's higher end laytex on white trim last time I tried. Theater will be black though and any brushmarks will be more evident.
1) Use the right brush - soft tips
2) Make sure surface is clean and dust free. If you are dragging dirt around you'll start creating lines.
3) Always paint out of a separate can from the original paint can in case you do introduce dirt to your brush
4) Apply generously on your first coat getting into all the nooks and crannies
5) Always brush into the previously painted section
6) Sand your primer and then your first coat
7) Paint with the end of the brush and not the side of the brush
8) Pull away from your insides corners
9) After you've applied generously, use the tips of the brush, not pressing hard, to lightly run over the area you just painted tapering off on your pressure
10) Paint will tend to build up higher up on your brush, use a hard clean edge, to scrape it off from time to time
When painting cabinets, he said always paint the back side first. Because your paint will have a tendency to wrap around the front corner. So when you do the front you'll be knock off that edge you created.
Elevate the object when you need to paint close to the ground so you don't pick up dirt. For example, he put a couple blocks under the door when he rolled it so he could get to the bottom edge.
These are just some of the tips I learned when he showed me. I'm sure I'm missing lots of stuff. It's a whole 'nother game when you actually try to do it.Putty
Anothing thing, for puttying...only carry a small amount of it around the room so it doesn't absorb chemicals from your hand. Be sure to set any extra on plastic.
Twist the putty in your hand into a nice pencil tip...then push it into the hole and swipe your finger. Then run your clean hand lightly across the putty. Don't push to hard otherwise you'll create a half moon. I found just lightly rubbing it the opposite direction depending upon the hole may sometimes produce better results.Cleaning your brush
I found out my FIL still has and uses brushes that are over 10 years old and aside from the handle still look in great shape. Cleaning them is an art form in itself. For the latex paint, he was using dish soap and comet. Then a wire brush is run through the bristles. In the soapy water, he plunges the brush into the bottom to remove the paint. He'll do this a couple time's emptying the dirty water and starting again with clean soapy water. After the brush is clean, he squishes the brush in his hands to get excess water out. Then he straightenss the bristles with his hand so they come to a sharp point. This will keep the brush like new after it dries rather than flared out.
I used to just throw away brushes after every use because I could never get them clean and I thought that's what most people did!