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Old 02-12-2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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I have a two yr old house and the paint on my window sills is pealing. The sill seems to be made out of recycled and compressed paper! I would like to redo the window and door trim as well as the base boards. (same material). I would like the finish to be very high gloss and hard. Like plastic. What kind of paint should I buy and what kind of preperation should I do? characters left:

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Scrape any loose paint off
Feather sand any uneven areas smooth, scuff sand (light sand) the rest
Spot prime and bare "wood" (or whatever that is)
-As it's unknown, I'd use an alkyd/oil primer if available
Prime the whole thing if the "spots" are excessive

Coat with a quality enamel

...or in your case, you may want to use Ben Moore's Aura (technically not an enamel but is really, really, hard) which only comes as glossy as a semi-gloss, but is also great for problem areas and should be available in your area

Other-wise, a good quality (water-based) high gloss metal & wood enamel should do it

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...please keep in mind that the glossier the finish, the "more perfect" the surface has to be

Paint colors, but does not (realistically) fill

The shinier the paint, the more imperfections will show
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The only thing I'd add to Slickshift's responses is that I'd implore you to find an oil primer for this project: Do not skimp or cheat there. The higher the water-content in this matter, the easier it would be for a product to eat the adhesive or swell the fibers of what you're describing and break it down further. My hunch (opinion, without seing it) is that your generous builder didn't use a primer at all.
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As was said, surface prep is very important. If you want a smooth finish, you need a smooth surface. You can even lightly sand between coats. You may need an additive to the Ben Moore to help it layout cause it is a bit thick. I must say it is an excellent paint and does leave a nice plastic-like layer. Best paint I've used so far.
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