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How to paint trims and baseboards without getting brush lines

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:10 pm
by gsahlot
Hi,

I am getting lot of lines when paint dries in the direction in which I ran the brush while painting baseboards and trims. It looks not possible to use a roller for trims which are like 3 inches wide. Could someone provide some tips and info on special brush so that result comes professional and without any lines? Thanks.

Re: How to paint trims and baseboards without getting brush lines

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:45 pm
by A. Spruce
You may need to thin the paint slightly to give yourself a little more working time. A 3" or 4" roller will probably help get the material on.

What kind of brush are you using? A good quality brush (Purdy or dealer brand, which is Purdy) is your best bet.

Re: How to paint trims and baseboards without getting brush lines

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:51 pm
by Shannon
Paint must be very thick and fast drying?

Re: How to paint trims and baseboards without getting brush lines

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:36 am
by gsahlot
A. Spruce wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:45 pm
You may need to thin the paint slightly to give yourself a little more working time. A 3" or 4" roller will probably help get the material on.

What kind of brush are you using? A good quality brush (Purdy or dealer brand, which is Purdy) is your best bet.
I am using purdy brush. Hmm. Maybe the paint is thick. I bought a galon of swiss coffee paint from Kelly Moore and just started using it as is. Would that be too thick to use?

Re: How to paint trims and baseboards without getting brush lines

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:37 am
by gsahlot
Shannon wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:51 pm
Paint must be very thick and fast drying?
It doesn't seem to be fast drying but could be thick. How do I know how thick is not thick? Just by hit and trial method?

Re: How to paint trims and baseboards without getting brush lines

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:55 am
by A. Spruce
Well, if the paint isn't workable, it's either drying too fast or it's too thick and not laying out properly. Hopefully you're working out of a pan, not the original can. Add just a touch of water, or whatever the label says to use, and thin the paint slightly. If you put a cup of paint in the pan, only use a teaspoon or two of water, mix thoroughly and try again. Repeat until the paint is workable. How much water it too much, when the paint sags before it dries.

KM is my preferred brand and I've never had any issues with it. Sometimes thinning is necessary to achieve the results you want, just thin in small increments.

Re: How to paint trims and baseboards without getting brush lines

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:59 am
by Shannon
Also make sure your not working in front of a fan or heat source. That will speed drying possibly to much?

Re: How to paint trims and baseboards without getting brush lines

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:39 pm
by CosmosisT
You applied it to thick,

You can fix this by keeping less paint on the brush and clean it every 3 - 4 dips.


How to clean:
- Dip your brush into the required thinner and get it throughout.
- Dip the brush then into water and rinse the paint out
- Put your brush on a spinner, and spin it inside a bucket
- Performing this while you paint will keep paint from building up, as well open the bristle to help grab paint more effectively wasting minimal!
- Make sure after you're done however to do a full clean and rinse, get it spotless with thinner if you want to keep the brush or use it still!

Last but not least, you can always thin down a paint. Some people use water, I personally use whatever thinner I have or water. Amounts are to be determined on your own so add-slow and use a test-piece! :) Even mix it into a new container so you don't affect the batch.

Last tip, a bad brush is a bad brush. If you ever gunk that well; it's game for that brush.