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Old 01-01-2008, 06:31 PM   #1
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my first attempt at wall painting is not going well.


I've watched people paint and read many articles. It looks simple enough, but I'm having such a problem. I'm painting one accent wall. Half the wall came out perfect, the other half is splotchy and I can't seem to butt up to the corner properly. I did okay with the celing and trim lines. I still need to put one one more coat. I am using Ralph Lauren paint. Any suggestions?


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Old 01-01-2008, 06:42 PM   #2
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Any pictures?

It could be the paint... I've tried lots of different paints, and you can't beat Behr paint (available at Home Depot). Even Consumer Reports states they are the best paint. We always get very consistent results with it.

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Old 01-01-2008, 06:48 PM   #3
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#1)
The RL paint kinda stinks
Not in a smelly way, but it's not the easiest stuff to work with
Many professionals, I among them, won;t work with it, or charge extra to do so
I think they spent so much money on the name, the product suffers

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If you still have to add another coat, and you only did one so far, you are doing well
There's no such thing as a true one-coat paint

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Splotchy could be from a number of reasons
It could be the paint, as I mentioned, depending on which RL product you are using, it could be par for the course
It could be the paint needs stirring, it could be cheap roller sleeves or poor technique
A common 'bad technique' is to try and squeeze out the paint from the roller sleeve...rather than apply it, and lay it down off the roller sleeve

Use a good premium sleeve, good technique, good quality paint, and another coat
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:57 PM   #4
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By all means I'm not a professional painter but I hope this helps.

Our previous home had knock down textured walls. When I painted those for the first time I used one of those roller kits. I had to put 2-3 coats on the wall to get rid of all the little white spots that kept popping up.

What really helped me the next time I painted was:
  • Switching to the thickest nap roller I could find. I was able to do one coat with the occasional touch up.
  • Using a good paint brush and not a disposable one.
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:15 PM   #5
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I believe you will get much better results with Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Dunn Edwards or Vista. Can't keep a wet edge with Behr or Valspar without adding Floetrol.
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i think slickshift said it best, and I wanted to add let the paint do the work, meaning you shouldn't have to press the roller against the wall to get the paint out.
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I DO press too hard. I'll try to ease up.
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:21 AM   #8
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and you can't beat Behr paint (available at Home Depot). Even Consumer Reports states they are the best paint.

As a professional painter( and I am sure most would agree),I would pick ANY paint besides Behr,just forget what CR says.
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Behr paint is not the best by any means, but so-so paint will be even if:

applied evenly

substrate is sealed evenly.

is the substrate is unevenly sealed the it will need two coats, if it is applied to thin then it will need two coats

good luck

by the way, consumer reports has many flaws
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I know I put way too much paint on that area and it looks wet. Is there anything I can do to fix this? By the way, i did not use Behr paint, I used Ralph Lauren because the color was unique and when I asked Home depot if they could match it, they said probably not.
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As a professional painter( and I am sure most would agree),I would pick ANY paint besides Behr,just forget what CR says.
For a homeowner, Behr is some of the best (if not the best) paint. You obviously haven't tried American Standard paint from Lowes - that's bad stuff.
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Let er dry overnight an see wat she looks like in the mornin. Paint takes a while to dry completely
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:27 PM   #13
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but am unable to upload it because it's way too big. I'm not much better with computer. You know the expression, those that can't...Teach. Well, that would be me!
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[IMG]file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/HP_Administrator/My%20Documents/My%20Pictures/wall/IMG_0131.JPG[/IMG] not getting any better in this area.
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or maybe not...I'll get at it...

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