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Old 08-25-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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Unhappy with paint job -- how to fix?


My wife kindly offered to paint an interior door for me while I was away. Unfortunately, not knowing I'd used a brush to do all the other doors, she used a roller, with a fairly thick nap (not sure exactly how thick).

Neither of us likes the look of the result. Sort of an orange peel-y look. (She also did it outside in the hot sun and I think that affected how the paint dried.) She tried doing a second coat with a brush but it didn't help. Do we just have to sand it down and start over, or is there another approach worth trying? It's semigloss latex.

(BTW, the following weekend she did the other side with a brush and it looks great. But sadly, the botched side is the side everyone sees, otherwise we might just leave it.)

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Old 08-25-2008, 02:16 PM   #2
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If it is new paint you can strip it pretty easy. The way with the least mess is get a orbital sander and sand it smooth. The sun dried to fast and did not allow time to flow out.
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Another option to remove the paint is to get a heat gun and scrape the paint off. Paint softens up considerably when hot.
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OK, as I suspected it's a job for the sander. (Not keen on heat guns -- hot work!) Thanks, Taz and Nestor.
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I don't much care for stipple (roller bumps) on trim and doors either
IMO it looks pretty cheesy
It will stay there, and still show through if brushed over
The best fix is usually a sander
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Once you sand down most of the stipple, a coating of a nice, thick, primer, properly sanded, can take you the rest of the way. (Primer is way easier to sand than paint.) I know that for me, Zinsser CoverStain (oil-base) and SW PrepRite ProBlock Latex are both pretty thick and should fill in the stipple nicely.

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Either strip it now, or wait a month or two for the paint to harden and sand with 100grit in the same directions you would use a brush. Then prime, sand again, then brush the paint on.

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