Tips And Tricks For Using Waterbased Paint On Woodwork

With legislation restricting the chemicals manufacturers are allowed o use in oil based paints and the development of better and better waterbased alternatives, a lot of people are making the switch. The problem is, waterbased trim paint is a completely different animal and requires different techniques in order to achieve the desired finish. Even professional decorators can struggle at times. So ProDec have teamed up with Decorators Forum to ask the professionals to share their hints and tips for applying waterbased paints. This is what they came back with…

Start with a wet brush and regular give it a rinse out. Dampen down the painted surface with a damp sponge

Add a touch of water or paint conditioner like Xim or Floertrol to extend the working time of the paint.

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Always give the surface a good key, particularly previously painted surfaces. Use the correct Undercoat. Most water based paints are a two part system. Clean your brush regularly throughout the day when it begins to clog it only takes a couple of minutes and you will get a better finish . Expect to apply 4 coats, at least 2 of the top coat. Advise that the paint will take a week to fully cure. Carpets shouldn’t go down before this time. Not practical, but keeps you covered

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I always give a light sponge of water to surfaces before applying top coat.

Apply, move on, don’t return

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Wipe down the surface with a damp cloth before painting it give you a longer open edge time

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Spray your brush gently every now and again with a hand sprayer filled with water.

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LLL – lash on, lay off, leave alone

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Really light rub down before the final coat a then dampest of cloths over the area will help get better coverage on large flat areas like doors an sills.

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Keep a bucket of water handy for spinning your brush out, keeps the paint flowing with no dragging.

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Thin it down with Floetrol or water to get a flatter finish

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Dampen the surface first before applying the paint

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Damp brush use synthetic brush

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Get it on quick and do not go back

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Don’t unless you absolutely have to terrible stuff

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Put plenty on

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it helps to wipe the area being painted with a damp cloth, and wash your brush out every 2/3 hrs, damp brush also work a treat.

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Sand smooth filling any holes or cracks apply a good bodied undercoat then finish it off with quick dry Armstead satin or gloss with a Purdy or Hamilton brush to give it that perfect finish

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Always use a good brush. And clean them after use

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Short strokes and make debris free

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Wet brush first

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It’s all in the undercoat, ensure you apply a good w/B undercoat giving a better finish on your final topcoat. Use a good synthetic brush

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Work fast, small drop of water through the paint

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 Good sand and apply a good adhesion primer first. Once dry 240 grade in-between coats. Add Xim or Floetrol to the water based product.

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Use a tack rag followed by a damp cloth and using a good brush it will be perfect.

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Dustless sander trim first.

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Sand down nicely and for the best results apply by a roller and laying off brush. Apply paint with a ProDec Prestige medium pile roller.

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If brushing, keep some water close by for intermittent cleaning of brush and brush resting place.

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Don’t! Always stick with oil based

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Get it on quick and lay it off quick, don’t go back to it while it’s drying ad it will pull

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Use a finely tipped synthetic brush

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Keep a kettle of cold water with you to dip your brush from time to time.

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If it’s a hot day and the surfaces you are to paint are in direct sunlight,(e.g. window sills) cover surfaces with a dust sheet in the morning. This keeps the surfaces cool and helps to prevent drag.👍

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Make sure you flat off the surface between coats

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Same prep as always, but if you use a slightly damp rag and wipe all areas to be painted prior to, you will have more time to brush out.

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Tack cloth, then damp sponge ahead for better flow of paint.

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I would use bin 123 two coats then two coats of gloss

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Wipe surface with a damp cloth before painting or dampen brush. And don’t overwork the area just get it on decent and leave it

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Use the appropriate brush for the appropriate paint

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Wash out your brushes regularly and start with a damp brush

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EITHER SPRAY IT OR USE A DECENT BRUSH

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Well a decent brush is a must, such as ProDec ones! Keep a pot of water to slightly dip brush in every now and then to keep the flow of paint smooth as w/b can get bit thick and or clog brush.

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Slightly wet your brush before use and clean it regularly during use.

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Wipe over with a damp cloth first

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Slightly dampen the surface prior to painting. Use a brush that holds its shape, holds a good amount of paint and evenly applies the product. Preferably a brush with filaments that aren’t tapered.

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Always give the surface a good key, particularly previously painted surfaces. Use the correct Undercoat. Most water based paints are a two part system. Clean your brush regularly throughout the day when it begins to clog it only takes a couple of minutes and you will get a better finish . Expect to apply 4 coats, at least 2 of the top coat. Advise that the paint will take a week to fully cure. Carpets shouldn’t go down before this time. Not practical, but keeps you covered

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Dampen the surface before applying

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Firstly use the best synthetic brush you can get hold of.

If you dampen the surface to be painted this can aid the flow of the paint and keep an open edge.

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Use a 4inch two fussy blokes 5mm sleeve. No need to lay off perfect finish every time.

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Dampen the wood before and work quickly, best I can do sorry 😉

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When using both don’t drag it out too much as brush strokes will appear. Put plenty on your brush.

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Just slap it on

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On large areas, slightly dampen the surface first and always use the recommend undercoat.

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Always keep the brush wet, spray a mist of water on the surface if necessary but most importantly of all using the right brush is key.

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Spray a fine mist of water before applying

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Don’t play around with it too much and don’t go over bits when it’s drying .. add some water or additive to help it flow and keep a wet edge

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