Expert advice

Application techniques

Applying by brush

Use the largest brush possible. Long flexible bristles are best for gloss paints. When applying by brush a good technique is the ‘Criss-Cross’ method. Paint is applied to the surface with a diagonal brushing action from the left and right (1). This is then spread further with horizontal strokes (2) before finally ‘laying off’ with light vertical strokes (3). This results in any brush marks being able to flow out to give the best possible finish.

Applying with roller and brush

Our products are formulated so that a great gloss finish can be obtained through application with a solvent resistant, high density/closed cell foam roller and good quality China Bristle Brush. This will minimize the formation of bubbles in the surface that can occur with mohair and large cell foam rollers. The paint applied will be thinner and so more coats may be required. The roller is used to apply paint to the surface and the pad or brush is used to create a smooth surface by ‘tipping off’. This works particularly well when two painters work side by side. While many traditional painters will apply topside finishes by tipping off horizontally, the diagram above will yield a better result for most ‘Do It Yourselvers’, as it helps reduce brush marks.

Always test your choice of application method, to establish if it provides the finish you require.

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