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Offline jgowrie

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I don't have spray equipment and don't think I want to get into the expense of a system plus all the masking of of surrounding surfaces and the other associated issues with spraying ( fumes, learning how to spray properly, cleaning of equipment. )

How many of you paint your own builtin projects and what are your methods?  I would think the best way to get a really nice finish on birch / poplar / primed pine  builtins would be a very high quality acrylic or more likely, oil based paints - brushed on.  I have enough experience painting but just never wanted to do it for customers but after this latest experience it might help me get more work if I can come in and sell the whole package.

If you don't mind sharing your methods, I would like some input before I make the plunge on the next project.

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Offline yetihunter

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Bump ^

I'll bring it up with the painters in the family and see what they suggest.
From what I've seen, they get the best results when they spray at the shop.
Sometimes they run off with cabinet doors, other times it's pre-install. 
Onsite, it's normally brushed on oil based. 

No joke, consider milk paint. Pricey, and messey, but it levels
out when brushed.  You'll have to experiment with a topcoat. 
I'm told by one of the local cabinetmakers that the general finishes faux
milk paint and their waterbased topcoat is the way to go. 

Offline SRSemenza

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Hey @Scott Burt  any thoughts on this?


Offline tjbnwi

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SW Wall and Wood primer, it will take a coupler of coats, sand well between coats. SW Pro Classic latex alkyd, mohair roller, good brush. It will level out very well. Biggest drawback-30 days coalesce time.


Offline Scott Burt

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Hey @Scott Burt  any thoughts on this?


I would need to see more of the problematic remnants the previous painter apparently left behind before recommending a remedy.

Cleaning up someone else's mess is one challenge, then creating your own version of perfection is quite another. Avoiding spray because of the perceived expense is not always a straight path to success in brushing cabinet grade. Brushing at that level takes a considerable amount of skill, albeit more forgiving than the spraying learning curve.

So, I would call it inconclusive at this point, but I am sure happy to advise with more info.

Offline Michael Kellough

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Is that casing scribed to the stone or does the stone butt against the flat face of the casing?

A better painter?