Brush marks on Hi-gloss enamel

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Old 04-07-10, 12:20 PM
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Brush marks on Hi-gloss enamel

I am trying to paint the wainscotting on my stairs using Hi-gloss latex enamel and a Purdy latex brush.

The issue is the sun 'washes' the wall and I can see every brush mark.

I normally spray when I have the chance, just to keep away from this problem.

Would oil base paint make any difference?

How about rolling the paint and then brushing it out?

Would adding a leveling agent make any difference?

Any help will be great.
 
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Old 04-07-10, 05:28 PM
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Are you putting latex over an existing oil based paint? That usually results in an excessive amount of brush strokes.

When it comes to avoiding brush strokes, I've had the best luck with waterborne acrylic high gloss. And work fast. Don't drag through the paint too many times, keep a wet edge and keep going.

Thinning with Floetrol might help. But if the ridges are already there, isn't it too late to keep adding additional coats?

Oil based paint does tend to flow out a little better before it tacks up, but I'd hesitate to recommend it. Sometimes the tendency is to keep tipping off the paint with oil, and you end up getting brush stokes anyway.

You'll probably get some professional painters' opinions b4 long.
 
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When the surface is flat, this time I am painting wainscotting, I will roll it and then brush it immediatley.
 
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Sanding between coats when brushing enamel helps a lot.
What type of paint is currently on the wainscotting? Is the new paint shinier than the old? Were any brush marks visible in the previous paint job?

When 'tipping off' rolled paint the idea is to lightly brush over the paint to remove the roller stipple.
 
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