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Using Behr Premium Plus Ultra Paint with Primer on exterior door. Not going on evenly.

Started off with a brush but there were brush stroke lines and uneveness.  Switched to a pad and that was better.  Is there an easier way to apply this paint so it goes on evenly?

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Posted 2013-06-28T23:46:12+0000  by roseite roseite

Try to paint in sections, meaning paint  the panels first then around the panels, do not paint in direct sunlight.

Posted 2013-06-29T00:33:34+0000  by HandyRob

HandyRob is correct as to painting the panels first.  I use a foam trim roller to quickly get the paint on evenly, then using a brush to get into the corners of the panels and flatten down the "dibble" texture left by the roller.


In the process of getting paint into the corners, some paint will get onto the face of the door. This must be wiped off before it sets, otherwise permanent brush marks will be left.


After the panels are completed, the foam roller can be used on the rails and stiles of the door. The foam roller does not leave  a heavy film of the paint  which might roll into the panels. Take the time to remove the passage handle.


The important thing in working with water based acrylics is to work rapidly and don't over brush. Acrylic paints will level themselves, but they only have a couple minutes before then start to form a skin. If you continue to brush, you will leave brush marks that will never go away! The use of a foam roller buys you time, allowing the paint to applied rapidly adn have the maximm time to level out.


Hope this has helped



Posted 2013-06-29T05:55:01+0000  by ordjen

Believe it or not there are people who want to see the brush strokes, it gives the door a more "handcrafted" appearance and done right looks good.  That's not to say the door should look like the paint was applied with a corn broom. :smileywink:


If you go that route, with a frame and panel door (or a door that looks like frame and panel) that the brush strokes go horizontally one the horizontal pieces (rails) and vertically on the vertical pieces (stiles).  The tricky part is to make sure the brush marks stop when the direction changes.  That takes a little practice to paint a nice straight line and you have to move kind of quickly with latex paint, especially in warmer weather.   The other option is to paint, say, the stiles, let them dry, mask it, and paint the rails.


Posted 2013-06-29T14:25:23+0000  by Adam444

What a great thread you started roseite!


And the follow-up answers add several levels of useful detail.


I'd like to add two thoughts:


1) The ultra-dense white foam roller is the smoothest tool sold in The Paint Department. Keep it saturated with paint and make long, flowing strokes to create a smooth finish; and


2) Paint manufacturers commonly recommend application between fifty-degrees and ninety-degrees Fahrenheit. As you approach the top end of this scale, paint begins to "flash-dry" ... often creating more brush or roller marks. So, work earlier in the day ... say mid-morning until noon and if possible keep direct sunlight off your door.

Posted 2013-07-02T13:56:18+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

Thanks to all who posted suggestions and tips.  We kept them all in mind while painting our door.  It turned out satisfactory.


Posted 2013-07-02T17:22:14+0000  by roseite
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