Need a bit of advice. Trying to expand my repertoire, I have splashed out on some Little Greene water-based eggshell and Floetrol in place of my usual Dulux Trade Satinwood to paint a couple of built-in alcove cupboards. But it’s proving tricky…
Basically, I’m on my fourth coat, and it’s not really covering, and I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. First two coats, I eyeballed the Floetrol. It went on like silk, but in hindsight I may have added too much. I’m applying with a Purdy Monarch Elite, btw.
To rectify this, next day I took to work a measuring jug, tablespoon measure and latex bowl-scraping tool. Added 10%, and definitely thicker than previous two coats. But I’m still ladling this stuff on (see pic), with a brushload going half the width of the cupboard top in a strip the width of the brush, but when I lay off it’s just pulling paint away either edge.
I’m also painting three rads with it. I thought it would be a good way to try it out, plus sell it to my customer as a “no-smell” option. But after three coats the rads still haven’t quite gone. It’s taking me an hour to put one coat on the rads, and 45 mins to coat each cupboard. I’m not the fastest painter, but I am trying to be careful.
I wish I’d just used Dulux Satinwood… I’d be done by now, and I can’t fairly charge my customer for my time taken on top of two coats.
But… but… I want to crack this! What am I doing wrong? When laying off, I’m applying literally no pressure, just the weight of the brush. I’ve tried a really oblique angle, and nearly 90 degrees, but it still pulls away at the wall. I know I can’t just paint a strip across the grain to counter this (can I??).
I also get that I should probably be applying this by roller. Fair enough, I’d be getting a more even coverage. But, to be fair, given the amount I’m putting on (more with a brush, right?), it should be covering.
My prep was immaculate: light rub down with 240 grit, vacuum, tak rag then degrease with meths cloth. I’m wondering if I should have started with some form of Zinsser; where I’ve shut the cupboard and a door has caught the frame, a small strip of paint has come off. Not the end of the world, but still, that means something hasn’t stuck, right?
On the plus side, the paint does go on beautifully, it’s silky smooth and so is the finish. I’m getting some ridge lines after a few coats, but I’m a little wary of sanding down too hard on these and taking too much paint off. As long as they’re properly covered, my customer isn’t going to be running a nail over them.
Or perhaps it’s just that LG paint takes many coats to cover properly. I’ve read here that kitchen painters typically start with a coat of Zinsser then add three of LG by roller. Is four coats typical then?
I would love to get on top of this and take my painting to the next level, but the frustration and also time pressure of not knowing when my cupboards are actually going to “go” is not making me a happy bunny right now
Any advice gratefully received (I think the pic is three coats btw)