Semi-Gloss paint trouble

vanillafieldsApril 27, 2012

Hello All, this is my first post in this forum.. I picked up a small accent table and wanted to paint it orange-coral color. The legs I painted white leftover semigloss from painting fireplace a few month ago without a problem (sanded, coat of primer and 2 coats of paint). They are smooth, even, shiny without brush marks. Now, the table top... I sanded really well, put 2 coats of primer, sanded very lightly and attempted to paint. 2 coats later I STILL could see 'drier spots' mainly difference in light reflection but I want it to be perfect. After touching up in those spots (more than recommended 4 hours for recoating), the touched up areas are distinct. Most of the top is the way it should.. Glossy and even, but the edges are terrible. What am I doing wrong? Would another coat help? How to avoid lap marks? TIA!!

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The legs are easier because they are small. The top is just more difficult because it is a greater surface area. You want to paint it so that the entire area is wet at the same time and dries down that way. This is what is known as keeping the wet edge. You may need to use a roller to get the paint on quickly and then use your brush to back brush the paint out evenly. Touch ups will probably always show.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 7:34PM
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Thank you paintguy. I did some research online and figured out the same thing - basically I was overdoing it by over rushing and spreading the paint too thin... The last coat I just slapped the paint and brushed quickly, keeping it thicker than before, and, voila! It dried perfectly, no marks, overlapping edges, perfectly smooth too. Lesson learned :).

    Bookmark   April 28, 2012 at 6:57AM
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