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05:43PM | 01/02/04
Member Since: 01/01/04
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How do I get rid of brush strokes on my front door. It's metal, I used exterior latex and a brush. Should I start over and spray it or will a roller fix the situation?


12:58AM | 01/03/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Spraying would be a good way but I am not sure it is worth it for just one door as the set up and clean up will be longer than the painting. You will need to use an airless sprayer not one of thoes power painters you see on TV.
You can get a smooth finish by brushing a door if you use a good brush such as a Purdy or Wooster proffessional brush as that is the way I paint my metal front door and the way painters do it to. Another thing is to move quick and don't have to heavy of a hand on the brush as that will leave brush marks to. YOu also may want to add some Floetrol to your paint as that will give you more open time and help the paint flow and leval out better. Oh and don't paint the door in direct sunlight or when it is hot, start early in the morning.
Hope this helps you out.


01:14AM | 01/03/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Is it a flat door or does it have raised panels,if it truely flat yes,you can roll it otherwise it is hard to do if not flat.
You can get a smooth look by brushing but it is hard to do for most people.
#5 is right to use a sprayer is alot of clean up for 1 door but I think it is the result you will be happy with,if you can take the door off it is your best bet otherwise you will be doing quite a bit of masking,you may need 2 coats to hide the brush strokes.
So you may want to lay it on some saw horses,if you have not sprayed metal doors before the paint has to cure on it,and takes a little while to dry enough so it doesn't run for most people.I Paint doors alot but do it with them standing up,when I 1st tried this I messed up alot of doors till I got it right,now I don't even use an HVLP for them.
1 last thing you can hang this back in the same day if you have some one help you and if it has been drying for all day with nice warm weather.It also takes like 3 weeks for this paint on the door to fully cure hard finish on it,so be gentle for at least 2 weeks with no abusing or cleaning it or you could scrub or damage your finish.

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