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Old 05-16-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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wood grain showing with trim paint job


Seems silly to ask but is it normal, with 2 to 3 coats of paint, for wood grain to show?
I am really having my doubts that my painters has painted 2 coats of paint on my interior and exterior of house...
keep coming back but feel like they are not doing their job.
Any suggestions? And no at this point I cannot let them go...
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Where's the pictures Cheri?

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the wood grain with white paint might be hard to show on film...but i will try it and add.
have been told that the wood trim is not the best quality by the painter but builder would disagree i'm sure.
any thoughts about this without a pic?
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Any new trim will have a raised grain or what's called mill marks. It's where the planer left marks on the wood,
If no one took the time to sand it before priming and painting there's going to be grain showing no matter how much paint you put on.
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Agreed and depending on the wood, if it was not sealed and waterbased primer and paint were used? And the wood was soft like pine or fir? The products could actually have raised the grain some. It sounds though like the main problem was that the trim did not get sanded down to the surface you were expecting. Perhaps communication broke down somewhere? If you did not ask the painter or your finish carpenter to do so and bid accordingly, you really cannot fault them. I understand you may not have known to ask them.

Ironically, I worked almost exclusively on antique homes with so many layers of paint on the trim homeowners paid me to strip it so the wood grain could be realized to a point.
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Is it oak? The grain is so deep and pronounced on oak that it is nearly impossible to fill. I actually like the look of enameled oak- but you will always see the grain.
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the wood grain with white paint might be hard to show on film...but i will try it and add.
have been told that the wood trim is not the best quality by the painter but builder would disagree i'm sure.
any thoughts about this without a pic?
thanks.


film? what is this strange thing?
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Hey Cheri,
The painter is not responsible for the quality wood the builder provides. I'm visualizing finger jointed wood for the interior trim, if that is the case then you cannot expect paint to be a wood filler. I would think your dispute is with the builder not the painter. If the drywall job is flawed with blatant imperfections, can you blame the painter for painting the wall? It all falls back on the builder, it's his job to provide quality trades. After all it's his reputation on the line. Unless the painter had an agreement with the builder to prep the inferior trim, don't blame the painter.

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