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Old 09-06-2010, 10:51 PM   #1
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Bookshelf paint surface has "orange peel" appearance


Just had built-in cabinet made. It is awesome. Hired a painter. He used an alkyd gloss SW ProMar 200. Even with prime coat and two topcoats the surface looks mottled and orange peel. Is this because painter used a roller nap that was too long for smooth surface? Any other causes? To fix, should I use brush or short nap roller? Is light sanding required, or can I put a coat right on top of the old?
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If I am not mistaken, Promar 200 is a latex. What primer was used? Maybe you need to read the cans if any, to make sure what was used as so others will be able to help you better.
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The ProMar 200 is an alkyd oil based paint. I don't have information about which primer was used. Even with two topcoats of ProMar still have this unwanted texture appearance.
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According to the specs ProMar 200 does come in an Alkyd Semi-gloss, but I have never used it. You are going to have sand the poop out of it and put on another topcoat. It can be rolled, but sometimes even oil won't lay down well if rolled and not back-brushed.
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Just had built-in cabinet made. It is awesome. Hired a painter. He used an alkyd gloss SW ProMar 200. Even with prime coat and two topcoats the surface looks mottled and orange peel. Is this because painter used a roller nap that was too long for smooth surface? Any other causes? To fix, should I use brush or short nap roller? Is light sanding required, or can I put a coat right on top of the old?
I bet humidity has a cause to it. Sand out smooth, apply another coat when the weather is more dry.
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Being Houston in the summer, humidity may certainly be a factor. Am in the process of sanding the poop out of it. Will wait for dry weather, with good brush, a little paint conditioner and trial runs before game day.
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