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Alternative to spray paint - March 14, 2012, 07:14 PM

Spray painting where I live isn't really an option.Is there a way to get a good finish with a paint brush.I saw a tutorial a while back with a guy who pulled it off,but I can't find it now.


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March 14, 2012, 07:35 PM


You can use foam rollers to put paint on and it comes out looking really nice. 75% rustoleum, 25% mineral spirits.

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March 14, 2012, 07:35 PM

Yes ive seen it done using a roller, it looked like a shitty paint job at the end
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March 14, 2012, 07:53 PM

Where do you live? What are you trying to paint?
Find yourself an out the way public park on a Sunday or a trail, and have at it.

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March 14, 2012, 07:57 PM

Hot Rod Magazine did a whole article years ago and painted a whole car with brushed and rollers. Turned out like shit up close but ok from 50 feet away.


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March 15, 2012, 06:52 AM

Mask off/cover a complete room, paint, and when it's all said and done simply remove all the plastic and tape.

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March 15, 2012, 07:08 AM

It can be done, and it CAN get you a good result. The key is to use the correct paint, and do A LOT of handwork.

Urethane finishes have all of their "gloss" in the top layer, and do not "cross-link" coats (for the most part...there are some exceptions, but for this explanation, I don't want to get a bunch of "Ya, buts").

Older style Nitro and CAB lacquers (what your dad and I grew up with), do cross link coats, and the solids which give luster and shine are distributed throughout the finish, so buffing is possible. The key is to get as smooth a finish as possible and then hand sand between coats and then wet sand and buff the final coat. You will also have to add retarder (a chemical to slow down drying) or you'll end up dry-brushing the surface and making it too rough.

If you use oil-based paints, your going to have a lot of problems, as they are linseed oil-based stocks, are EXTREMELY (think DAYS) slow drying and do not hold up well under constant UV and moisture exposure.

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