smooth finish with oil (alkyd) paint


Old 07-30-06, 10:52 AM
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smooth finish with oil (alkyd) paint

I'm painting some kids' furniture with semi-gloss alkyd paint and my finish is not as smooth as I expected. I get brush marks no matter how carefully I 'tip off' the surface.

Should I thin the paint with mineral spirits or use some sort of flow enhancer?

I'd be grateful for any tips on how to get a nice smooth surface. Some of you old pro door painters know how, I'm sure.


PS Does anyone use clear urethane or poly-u over oil based paints?
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Old 07-31-06, 03:15 AM
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You'll always get brush marks
But it's a matter of personal taste as to what's acceptable
The higher quality paints show less
Same with the brush, the correct high quality brush will help
Also adding Penetrol will help

For no brush marks whatsoever you'll need to spray the paint

Originally Posted by gulleyj
PS Does anyone use clear urethane or poly-u over oil based paints?
Old 07-31-06, 04:39 AM
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While it isn't possible to get completely away from brush marks, use of quality well mixed enamel along with a good natural bristle brush they can be minimized.

Sometimes thinning the paint will help reduce the brush marks - especially in hot weather [when the paint dries faster]

Sanding between coats helps to minimize brush marks.

Last edited by marksr; 07-31-06 at 08:37 AM. Reason: add info

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