How do you touch up paint on sprayed baseboard?


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Old 01-15-15, 10:34 AM
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How do you touch up paint on sprayed baseboard?

Hi all,

How do you do touch up paint on things that were sprayed and not rolled or brushed?

All of our baseboard was sprayed with an airless sprayer. I'd like to touch up a few spots where the pain has been scuffed but I'm afraid if I roll it or brush it, it will leave a weird spot where the finish doesnt look the same as the sprayed area around it.

Any tips?
 
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Old 01-15-15, 10:49 AM
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Generally thinning down the enamel a little and brushing it on works best. What type of sheen does it have?

While I often spray woodwork before it's nailed up it's always best to apply the final coat with a brush after installation. That way the putty and caulk all have a coat of enamel also.
 

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Brushing or rolling is never going to give you as smooth a coating as spraying. However, if you thin your paint as Marksr suggested, it will help a lot in eliminating brush strokes. Also, rolling always leaves a smoother coat that brushing.

I would go ahead and either thin your paint and brush it on or apply the paint with a small roller sleeve. You're going to be disappointed in the result no matter what, but that's only because you know where the repair is and are going to be scrutenizing it all the time. Anyone else that never knew the baseboard was touched up won't even notice it.
 

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Old 01-16-15, 08:17 AM
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Appreciate the tips!

The base was originally sprayed with a high gloss white latex. Spraying tends to knock the shine down a little so it's probably somewhere between a high and a semi gloss. I'm hoping that when I add some Flotrol to my touch up paint it will have the same effect of knocking down the shine.

After thinking about it a little more, I think i'm going to try a super fine nap foam roller first. If that doesnt come out well I'll try hitting it with a brush coat.

Thanks again.
 
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If applied correctly, a sprayed finish will have a slightly higher sheen than the same enamel would if applied by brush or roller. Floetrol shouldn't affect the sheen any but it will slow down the drying time allowing the paint to flow together better which reduce/eliminate brush marks and/or roller stipple. Worst case scenario - repaint the entire section of base, it won't be noticeable.
 
 

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