02:43AM | 02/02/04
Member Since: 01/28/04
3 lifetime posts
We just completed application of RL Suede paint to all four walls in a very large bedroom, with excellent results. We learned some things that might help others. 1. Our walls are knock-down texture, not smooth as is recommended, and we still got great results. 2. We were covering up a satin finish "butter cookie" yellow paint. We used the "Zinc" color for one wall and "Rattlebox" for the other three walls. Priming the walls would probably have been helpful, but since we didn't we ended up doing two base coats with the RL paints to achieve a nice, smooth finish. 3. You WILL see roller lines when done with your base coat, or coats, no matter how evenly you apply this paint - but your "X" step will eliminate them if it is done properly. 4. Now for the the "X" step - the key to a beautiful finish. The directions supplied on the can, online at, and in the printed info are accurate but not detailed enough. Here are some tips: first, be sure to use lots of drop cloths, tape, etc. to protect the surrounding area - this gets MESSY! Now, you must use LOTS of paint for your X's - your brush will be heavy and dripping with paint. Unbelievable amounts of paint! Dip the brush about half way down into the paint, and then lightly tap the brush on the edge of the can - DO NOT skim the brush on the edge of the can! Now apply to the wall in an overlapping "X" pattern using only about 4-5 strokes. Now RELOAD your brush with paint and repeat. Watch for runs or globs and smooth them out, but do NOT spread the paint thin and do NOT let your brush run dry - that would cause big blotches. Your X's should be made with the full 3-inch wide sides of the brush, not the tips of the bristles, using a very fluid, tight motion...only about 5 inches per stroke works best. Overlap the edges of each stroke slightly as you move across the wall. Cover the wall in a large fan pattern rather than in horizontal rows or vertical columns. It's ok to have a few small, untouched spots in this step. 5. It is possible to touch up small imperfections AFTER the wall is completely dry. Just make sure that, again, you use a generous amount of paint and be sure to use the same style of X-ing that you were using previously. 6. We used the RL specialty rollers and based on previous experiences with regular tools we're convinced this contributed to great results - you're investing a good deal of money in paint and expending a lot of effort so go ahead and invest the extra money to do the job right. It will pay off. Good luck!


01:43PM | 02/09/04
Member Since: 01/04/04
12 lifetime posts
I used RL suede paint and I just love it! The walls are so warm looking and the texture is super. I would use it again.
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