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J187 10-09-2007 09:58 AM

Regretting my decision to go w/ oil base...
I am finishing up a basement reno. I have a 10" ledge halfway around the room. I am painting the ledge w/ sherwin oil base. After one coat, I am already regretting the decision to go w/ oil base. No matter what I do, I think I'll have brush marks. What should I do... Should I prime over it and go w/ a latex like superpaint? SHould I keep coating w/ oil base, maybe move on to a small roller?

sirwired 10-09-2007 11:45 AM

Hmmm... assuming you are using oil-base ProClassic, you should not have many brush marks at all. They cannot be completely eliminated, but they should be fairly shallow.

I've used the water-base ProClassic, and learned a few "tricks" the hard way to having it turn out well, but they wouldn't apply to the oil-base.

What brand and type of brush are you using?


J187 10-09-2007 02:38 PM

Yes, proclassic. I'm using a natural Purdy.

Workaholic 10-09-2007 04:29 PM

I agree that using with the comment of using oil you should not have much for brush strokes.
Whats the climate like in that basement? Are you running a fan? Are you trying to make a brish dip go to far? Are you thinning with Laquer? Are you thinning at all? Are you in constant sunlight? What size is that brush of yours?
Oil dries slower there by letting brush strokes lay down. Using water bourne products would make your brush strokes stand out even more.
Do you have any pics?

slickshift 10-09-2007 06:48 PM

I think you may be overbrushing
But if you are uncomfortable with the oil, it may be a good idea to switch to waterborne enamel
Unfortunately, it means priming what you've already done (in oil) with an oil-based primer before topcoating with the waterborne

J187 10-11-2007 09:20 AM

I spoke w/ the guy at Sherwin. He told me that he's actually seen an unsettling increase in complaints regarding the pro classic and brush marks. He said he would "look into it", not sure what he meant exactly. I told him that my plan was to first try a small roller then, if that didn't fix the problem, reprime and go another route. He said trying the roller was a good idea, but that he wanted me to come back and see him again before abondoning the oil. I agreed.

The roller worked wonders! I bought a little extendable roller and a fine and smooth nap cover. I did this a couple days ago, the oil has had a chance to dry now and looks awesome. Thanks.

Workaholic 10-11-2007 06:17 PM

Thanks for the update, i am glad that it all all worked out for ya.:thumbsup:

slickshift 10-12-2007 02:54 PM

Thanks for the update and the "fix"

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