|Forum topic by jtm||posted 05-25-2015 05:13 AM||1171 views||1 time favorited||7 replies|
05-25-2015 05:13 AM
So I got super ambitious today while doing a few thing to the exterior of my house.
My front entry door is a 50 year old solid pine door. The paint (many layers over the years) was cracked/peeling, so I decided to strip it and sand it down (what a huge pain in the ass).
I have it down to bare wood, and need to prime it. However, due to the age, there are some small cracks in the rails (it’s a 3-panel door). I have a feeling these will fill very quickly with a couple coats of primer (these cracks are still much smaller than an open grain wood like oak). What do you recommend to use for a water base primer?
Also, what is the best way to get exterior grade paint to flow well so there is a minimum amount of brush marks? Just some Floetrol?
I do have an airless, but I’m using it to paint my shutters tomorrow, and I have no desire to clean it twice. Not only that, but I only need a quart of paint to do the door, and that’s not enough to fill the lines in the sprayer anyway. I also have an HVLP system, but exterior paint is waaaaaaaay too viscous to spray with it.
I’d still like to get a decent finish in semigloss. I always use Sherwin Williams. Any suggestions?
(One other thing – these need to be water based, since I need to finish the door in one day.