I have put a ton of hours into a board and batten project in our foyer and wrapping around into an open staircase (pics below). I used pre-primed pine except for a few trim pieces that are unprimed. Prep work is complete including filling and sanding. Next, is caulking priming and painting.
As a perfectionist, I don’t want to screw up the finish after all of this work, so I am looking for tips on the following…
- What primer do you recommend?
- What paint do you recommend? I will be matching our existing trim color which was Sherwin Williams, so I am currently looking at ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd or Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel. I’m not worried about dry time. Most important to me is quality of the finish, ease of application, and best final result.
- Depending on the paint choice, would you recommend a latex extender like Floetrol or XIM?
- What paint technique and sequence would you use, especially on the large wall going down the stairs? Brush vs roll the flat board surfaces? I’m not sure how to approach so many grids to keep a wet edge and avoid brush\roller marks. One thought is to just do the horizontal boards and wait for it to dry, then go back and do the vertical pieces, but I’m not sure if that makes any sense.
Any other tips for a pro finish would be greatly appreciated.