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2nd - some colors are hard to get to look right. Red is one of them. These colors have more pigment in them and its hard to get that pigment evenly distributed.
3rd - don't use cheap tools. Quality tools (again you get what you pay for) hold more paint and allow the paint to flow better.
Finally - at this point, put on another coat or two. Putting on the tinted primer caused you to 'start over'.
Buy yourself paint from a Paint Retailer (found in the YELLOW PAGES under PAINT - RETAIL.) PAY some money for it because, as you see, you're having to spend MORE $$$ on the stuff you have now. Buying good paint at a good price is money well spent.
The same goes for the tools you use. Buy your rollers from the Paint Retailer too.
(I think you've gotten beaten up enough about it. I just have a personal 'peeve' when it comes to paint. As I/we said, "You get what you pay for.")
My best to ya and hope this helps.
Jay J -Moderator
PS: God Bless America!
Regardless, I guess I'll put on one more coat and hope for the best.
The mistake here was NOT buying RL in the first place.
RL guarantees that the color of the paint will match the chip - as long as you use RL paint - and - if necessary - the RL Deeptone Primer.
I have personally used a great deal of RL paint in a few of their reds - Hunting Coat - Dressage Red, etc.
They have all covered well in two coats over the Deeptone. So for anyone who is counting - that is THREE COATS OF PAINT!! Guaranteed!
Can't beat that with a stick!!
Try it........it works........
ps - get off the "big box" hating band wagon folks.....THD and ******* are the #2 and #3 RETAILERS of paint in the U.S.
........that's a lot of paint.........it can't all be bad
Now I agree that you should buy your paint at a paint store not a big box, and it is not because of the quality of the paint it is the quailty of the advice you will get. At a paint store you will be waited on by someone that all they do is paint not something else like plumbing or garden center in addition to paint. The person at Loews that made that red should have told you about the amount of coats it take would so you either would pick another color or go on with knowing what you were getting into.
Your walls with look fine but it will take more coats and you should be using as short a nap roller cover as you can get such as a 1/4" as i have found that it really helps in the coverage.
Enjoy your new look it your living room as it will be worth it when you are done.
Spraying instead of brushing and rolling can give you better and more even coverage. I have painted a deep, brick red over white with a Wagner Power Sprayer and covered it completely and evenly in just one coat. I then re-painted a section BACK to white with the Wagner, and it, again, covered in one coat. In comparison, the touch-up spots (in the corners) that I needed to do with a brush took two or three coats to cover the white.
I used Ralph Lauren Paints both times.
If you roll, make sure that you apply the paint horizontally, then do the finish rolls with a damp--not dry and not drenched--roller. Do not press too hard on the finishing strokes or you sill squeeze paint out of the roller and create new lines. All final strokes should be downwards (for uniformity).
Finally, you might be seeing the roller lines from several coats of paint back show up.
[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited October 30, 2003).]