|Forum topic by Kazooman||posted 04-10-2015 09:31 AM||955 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
04-10-2015 09:31 AM
I am building a small set of shelves as a favor for a friend. The shelves will hold shoes and probably some winter boots for the students in a yoga class. I think they will include some plastic trays for the winter season, but the shelves still need to be washable. The shelves have to be painted and they want a gloss finish for easy cleanup.
Woodworking is all done, but I am having some issues with the finish. Shelves are a simple frame made with some cherry I had left from another project with Baltic birch plywood. I have primed the wood with Ziinsser 123 primer and they have a “pebbled” surface. I tried several experiments with brushing, and rolling with foam and napped rollers. I finally settled on brushing the corners and 1/4” nap rollers for the field. Overall brushing and the foam roller were disasters. A single coat of primer was ugly. Light sanding and a second coat has given complete coverage, but there is still the mottled surface problem. The finish just won’t lay down and smooth out. I am used to slower drying oil finishes and I guess I am spoiled.
Any suggestions on the best way to apply the finish? I was planning on using a gloss water-based finish but I have never used it and I won’t be happy if it has the same pebbled look as he primer. Would a real oil-based paint smooth our more reliably?
I am over $200 into this “favor” and don’t intend to start over form scratch. “Pebbled Gloss” may become my new signature look.