Exterior Metal Door

Old 08-20-00, 09:42 AM
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Help! We moved into a two year old home with metal exterior doors. We painted the front door with a Sherwin Williams exterior high gloss paint. However - the brush marks are horrible. We thought a second coat would help but we were wrong. Is there anything we can do besides strip it and start over? Is there any way to paint and not spray and get a nice gloss finish with no brush strokes? Or are we better off to remove the door and strip and spray ( we would rather not) We live in the Desert Southwest and have to paint in the early am because of the heat( humidity isn't usually a problem).
Old 08-20-00, 12:16 PM
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The brush marks are normal for latex material.The high gloss paints will show them no matter how smooth the doors are.The only way to reduce this problem is to use a high quality brush as in a $20 Purdy and paint in the fall or winter.Once primed properly, as your doors are I hope, oil paints are self leveling and will not showbrush marks very much if at all.As for the marks there now,after curing,a vibrating sander would be as much as you could do without stripping.If you sand, don't melt the paint,let the sandpaper do the work moving over the whole door as you work.Also, if a semi-gloss paint is acceptable it will reduce the marks that may remain.....Mike

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