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  •  Thank you for that. What would you think of (9+ / 0-)

    using a small roller?  (Foam or velvet)  I especially hate getting good primer on my hands, it takes forever to get unstuck from the skin and it's too hot for gloves.

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    by weck on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 06:32:42 AM PDT

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    •  On the flat, foam brushes are nice (8+ / 0-)

      On the vertical, not so much. they will drip no matter how careful you are. I personally would buy a (good) brush and use it exclusively. But that's just me.

      •  Can't really roll dentil molding (11+ / 0-)

        I am with LIcenter, I always used a brush, don't load it, paint the indents of the dentil (yes, that is the correct spelling, BTW) molding, a bunch at a time, then go back to remove any drips or sags, and paint the faces. I worked maybe 3 feet at a time, which is long enough to keep the paint wet but easy to reach all of it, and time enough for drips to appear and get caught before they make a mess.

        Also, the trick to painting overhead with a brush is pretty simple - don't load it up! I always use a quality polyester brush, never a $1-$3 brush, they are crap. (My newest cutting brush, a 2 1/2" taper cut, cost $13). WET THE BRUSH before you use it, just slightly - we always just spit on the bristles on the job, it only needs a tiny amount of moisture, and it makes a big difference in how the bristles hold paint. Then, only immerse 1/3 of the bristles in the paint, never more. Never. Slap the loaded brush on the sides of the paint container (inside, obviously, LOL) to remove the excess and push the paint to the interior of the bristles - I rarely wipe a loaded brush on the can lip, it's messy and you lose a good portion of the paint, plus it'll make some of the wet paint dry on the brush, so this is worth practicing! One exception is painting overhead; since I use a tapered trim brush, I often wipe the heel end, just to keep the brush from dripping, since I tend to paint trim with the tip/tapered/toe of the bristles.

        Once you get the hang of properly loading a brush, DAB it into the inside part of your dentil molding, to reach the inside corners with the tip of the bristles (this is why cutting brushes are tapered), and pull down. Repeat as needed, go to the next, load the brush when you don't get the same amount of paint deposited, and just go back and wipe lightly to catch drips. Once your stretch of dentil is cut inside, simply go back and do the front and bottom faces of each "tooth", then do the adjacent trim pieces last, always working from wet onto dry, and in the direction opposite your handedness, that is, I'm a right handed painter so I work to my left.

        I approach all trim/detail painting the same way - do it from the inside pieces first and work to the outermost or face pieces, go back to catch drips and sags, and finish with smoothing strokes from an unloaded brush, that is, after you've used the load of paint you had on it. Paints are coatings that work best at optimum wet and dry thicknesses determined by the formulation of carriers and pigments, so there's no reward for trying to stretch paints, they need to be applied evenly and not get brushed to death. I worked in reactors where an inspector determined our film thickness in mils, both wet and dry, and we had to be schooled to apply the right amount of mils wet so the dry film would be a certain thickness, or we had to remove it and do it again.

        Anyway, that's my take on dentil molding painting. Hope it helps!

        As for me, today is wet but I've been working on the car, new brakes all around, and yesterday discovered a bad outer tie rod end, but my buddy is an ace mechanic and will have both done soon enough. Besides I'm so sore from sitting and bending to clean and paint the calipers and get all the rust off the rims from the old, non coated rotors, I just need a break, so YAY! rain!

        Have a good one, weck; I work like you too, an hour here, an hour there, no sense in pushing til we break, right?

        "When governments fear people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." Thomas Jefferson

        by CodeTalker on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:07:36 AM PDT

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