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Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:27pm

Post Subject: Applying undercoat and topcoat

Dear Tony, If we sand between the different paint layers, can we just use a roller to apply the paint for all but the top coat? Or do you get a better finish if you use a roller and paint brush to smooth off each layer? I look forward to hearing from you soon. Best wishes, Vicki


Posted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 7:28pm

Post Subject: Applying undercoat and topcoat

Dear Vicki, I have emailed the Editor to ask that your question gets put to Phil who is a paint expert but things are a bit chaotic with the IWA National being only a few days away. Once again I must stress my answer is from an engineer's point of view and not as a paint expert. When you use a roller you will find the paint surface ends up with a kind of orange peel effect and if you try to sand this back smooth I suspect you will go right through the paint layer in places. As far as I can see the trick is to use a roller to put the paint on far as then layoff with a dry(ish) brush. This is shown on (all one line). Usually you lay off downwards, but in some situations it is not so easy so the demo shows laying off upwards. You need a really good brush for the best results and I doubt you would get one from B&Q. however I suspect if this is your first time at painting and if you are only patch priming you may not want a smooth, high gloss finish that will show every imperfection so buy reasonable brushes and take your time. The roller & brush thing is far easier with two people. I also think Craftmaster paints will send you a CD on request and their paint is reckoned to be some of the best coach paint available. Tony Brooks

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