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Old 08-26-2006, 03:04 PM   #1
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I would like to know the secret for putting a smooth coat of paint on doors or cabinets. I have never had any luck using a brush and did slightly better with those tiny rollers. I know the pros use a sprayer but I don't want to rent or buy a sprayer so what is the answer ?

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Old 08-27-2006, 09:15 AM   #2
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depending on how many cabinets or doors you are doing it would be well worth renting or buying a sprayer. Yes, a roller will leave a smoother finish then a brush. Also even if a roller leaves a texture it is non-directional so is less noticed. But by using a sprayer you will be ale to achieve a smoother finish. Consider if only doing a few doors or cabinets aerosol type spray cans. Cost is high for there coverage but it may be more cost effective the rental if your volume is low. Remember be careful not to put it on to heavy as to run the paint but try and keep a wet edge.

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O.K. - There are many advertisements about the "Wagner" sprayer and how fast and easy it makes the job. My friends tell me the Wagner does not live up to the advertising. Is it worthwhile or is there something better at a reasonable price ? I will have several doors and cabinets to paint.
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I was also not impressed by the noisy vibrating Wagner airless sprayer. I am not sure about what is available. hopefully another user can offer more advise in this area. I have used a older sprayer I got from a surplus house (no brand name on it). It is similar to a automotive sprayer it uses compressed air. As long as I thin the paint enough it worked good for me on many applications. But I do have compressors to use so airless is no isssue for me.
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Thanks again - I do have a compressor but it does not have enough psi to do the job. Will wait to see if someone else has a good suggestion.
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Old 12-20-2006, 04:18 PM   #6
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Jack, you can get a very smooth finish using a brush. The best results are accomplished with a high quality (read that expensive) brush. The best results come from oil based paints in my opinion. A slow drying environment will allow the paint to "settle" and give you a great smooth finish.
BTW I accomplished this on the roof of my motorhome and everyone is amazed at the finish. I used a "brushing thinner" to slow the drying time.

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