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Do I need to thin down water based paint?

Q Can I do louvre doors?
Q Can I use a brush for water paint, wash it out and then use that same brush for oil paint? And vice versa? Or must I have two identical brushes and keep them separate - one only to be used for water paint and one only to be used for oil paint?
Q Can I use the brushes on brickwork?
Q Can I use the brushes on textured hardy plank?
Q Can I use thinners to clean up polyurethane?
Q Can I use timber oil on decking?
Q Can I use varnish?
Q Do I need to do anything before using the brushes?
Q Do I need to thin down oil based paint?
Q How can I paint rough timber?
Q How do I attach or detach a pad to/from a brush?
Q How do I get a fantastic finish with oil based paint?
Q How do I get a straight line where 2 colours meet in a corner?
Q How do I get into the corner where wall meets the same coloured wall?
Q How do I get the extension clip out?
Q How do I load the brushes?
Q How do I paint a cornice?
Naturally your first job as always is to prepare the door by filling in any imperfections and giving the door a light sand. You will only get a blemish free finish on a blemish free surface. Paint won't fill blemishes it will follow them. Whether you are using an oil based enamel, a water based gloss or varnish, estapol etc the method of application is the same as in the previous two questions on working with oil based paint. I find the best way to tackle a door is to leave it where it is, fixed to the doorway. You can take it off the hinges and lay it flat but have you ever noticed, especially in older houses one or two of the screws wont budge and you have to reset the door afterwards. Instead, chock the door open half way so you can access both sides. Before you do this, put newspaper under the door. Make sure the paint etc. is well stirred and pour it into the smaller of the two loading trays. Use the cutting in brush, the smallest one, to paint the two side ends and the top end. The thicker mediums, being quite heavy are best applied from the bottom up as this prevents sag lines appearing as the paint settles. Scuff the paint on in one direction only, dont go backwards and forwards, until you have full coverage and then lightly go back over the work in one non-stop action, again from bottom to top, called laying off. When both ends and the top are done, start on one side of the door, working from the hinged end across, on the bottom of the door, with the medium brush. Again only ever work in one direction when applying the paint or laying off. As before once you have full coverage, lightly go back over to lay the work off. You have now covered app. 75mm of the base of the door. Slightly overlapping this strip, apply paint to the next section up, always working in the same direction and laying off. Keep doing the same thing until that side is done and repeat this on the other side. You will find it only takes about five minutes per side which is great. The faster you work with the heavier paints the easier and better it is. Keep dogs and kids away until it is dry. If you are not changing the colour drastically, one coat may well suffice. Check when it is dry. If it is not a solid colour all over, lightly sand and apply a second coat the same way. Follow the directions on the can for drying time and recoating. You will love the professional finish you get.
Q How do I remove the pads so that I can replace them?
Q How much paint do I put in the tray? How full?
Q How would i go using the faux finish pad with suede paint effects?
Q I have a big floor to do with estapol, can I use the large brush?
Q Should I do the cutting in first?
Q What is the best method to paint double hung windows using oil-based enamel?
Q What's the best way to do cutting in and edging?
Q What's the best way to paint a ceiling?
Q What's the best way to paint a plaster wall?
Q What's the best way to paint cement render?
Q What's the easiest way to paint lattice?
Q What's the easiest way to wash the pads?
Q Which brush do I use for VJ panelling?
Q Which brush would I use for wrought iron?
Q Why does the Easi-Paint system use only half the amount of water based paint?
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