Painting Secrets of a Pro: Hand-Finishing Custom Cabinetscomments (0) December 28th, 2012 in Blogs
When you've got a kitchen's worth of cabinets to paint, you can't beat spray-painting for applying paint evenly, completely and cost-effectively. But some clients with older homes find spray-painted surfaces a little too slick--too modern--for their tastes. So a pair of professional painters in Walnut Creek, CA, have found a way to please those discerning eyes without busting the budget.
Our pros spray three coats of oil-base enamel onto kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts and allow them to dry thoroughly on a homemade drying rack (see the Dec. 9 Cozy Digz blog). Then they rehang the doors and roll on a final coat of enamel, using a "hot-dog roller"--a 6-in. roller that fits into tight spaces. (A short nap roller adds only a thin layer of fresh paint.)
While the paint is still wet, they go over it with a dry brush, which leaves very faint brushmarks--and a hand-painted look that feels old-timey. It takes a clean brush and a light touch because you want to texture the fresh paint, not smooth it. The fewer strokes, the better.
Thanks to Scott Rector and Greg Scillitani for sharing this tip--just one of the thousands of field-tested tips and techniques that you'll find in Renovation 4th Edition. Brand new from Taunton Press, R4's 614 pages include 250+ technical drawings, 1,000 photos selected from the 40,000 that I've taken over the years, and lifetimes of experience that builders shared with me. I hope you find it useful. -Mike
© Michael Litchfield 2012
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