painting raised panel masonite doors

Old 11-19-02, 12:34 PM
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painting raised panel masonite doors

Hi, my husband and I just built a new home and in order to reduce the cost we decided to do most of the inside work ourselves. The only thing we have left to do is painting our raised panel interior masonite doors. We tried to paint one door and found that there are alot of brush marks. Do you have any suggestions on how to eliminate brush marks. Please help!

Old 11-19-02, 04:49 PM
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Top quality brush. Top quality paint. Start with the panels and work out, do the panels then rails and stiles. Keep a wet edge, paint into the wet edge.
Old 11-25-02, 06:45 PM
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you could try a roller &brush method. roll on the paint to apply & go back & brush out for finish.
I reccomend a wooster brand "super doozy" type roller sleeve. they are shed-resistant & come in many sizes.
I would roll out the door, using the edge of the roller& angle it to get in the panels. use enough paint to get the door covered, dont roll out all the paint out of the sleeve, get in side the panels & roll the face of the door (dont forget the tops, bottem & sides for a good seal)then go back with a quality brush, & begin in the grooves of the panels, (watch for paint to accumulate in the corners) then brush the panels, starting at the top & side& brush with long , smooth strokes. then , following the grain direction , brush the face pieces (again, carefully as not to accumulate paint in corners). The roller will apply the paint quicker, & you can spread it evenly before you brush. You can also try a "hot dog roller" or a "cigar roller" these are slim handles & small sleeves, they make it easy to get into small places, easy to work with, but tend to "shed" if you get a cheap one. then you'll have little pieces of lint in your finish. try a good, shed reistent sleeve & youll do fine
I have rolled the entire door & not brushed at all with a good quality , short nap sleeve, but it is your preference, the best results will come from oil base paint for rolling only, there are good quality waterborne acrylic paints that leave a good finish.
latex paint dries quickly, this is why there are brush strokes, 2 coats would be best. you can add a product called "floetrol" it's a latex paint conditioner that adds a little " open time" or "working time' to your project. It makes brushing a lot smoother & easier, eliminating "drag", got to get these items at a paint store, dont skimp on the brush, you get what ya pay for!

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