I would use your flat as a primer coat and go get your flat color in quart of exterior gloss or semi-gloss. You will be able to paint your door and side lights manytimes over if needed.
I would do your job as early as possible and not in the sun. It will dry to fast and it will have drag marks in it. I would also not set yourself up a fan to keep you cool why doing this more drag marks. If this might be an issue i would get some floetrol "latex" paint additive..
On another note i would still recommend getting a higher quality brush. The purdy's 20$ price tag may seem like a lot, but if properly cleaned it will last a DIYer many many years and projects to come.
Last edited by Workaholic; 08-09-2007 at 03:31 PM.
Yeah you are right about the quart - in my amateur cluelessness, I got a 5 gallon bucket of tan, and a 5 gal of red. I've already done 1/4 of my red work, and the bucket (literally) looks full still. AHHH! Well, I'll have enough for touchups for the next 20 years lol.
Also, about the sun, all painting is being done in my garage (or screened porch). I'd get rid of the fans, but, well, I'd rather have some brush marks. I *hate* breathing any potentially harmful fumes, and it is sooooo hot that w/o fans you may see an 'r.i.p; heatstroke' next to my username if I got rid of the fans! (I don't keep the fans hitting where I'm painting, they're aimed parallel with the surfaces I work with, so they hit me, move the fumes to the window fans, and aren't blowing directly at the surfaces being painted).
About the brushes, as I said I got a better one (not a purdy, but not a $0.50 one lol) and liked it, but wasn't comparing apples to apples. I *just* finished using it on some of the shutters that I had done exclusively with the foam brush, so in a few hours I should be able to see the differences. Once I got the shutters in the sunlight, I could see that they weren't as smooth as I thought they were (too dim in the garage to tell at the time). I think (someone can correct me here) that brushes may take some skill, whereas foam brushes are kind of, ahem, idiot proof. When using the brush, I was having trouble getting into the grooves I could easily get with the foam brush, I'm guessing I just need more time to learn how to use brushes better?