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Anguish Painting a Door!

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Melanie Tue 09-Aug-11 17:37:07

You wouldn't believe the trouble I've had getting DH to paint a door! It's been weeks of nagging - no months. Anyway with a great huffing and puffing he's finally done it. Sanded it first, and painted it. Only it didn't look painted. It looked patchy. So I said "It needs another coat". So two days later when the dust had settled angry, he gave it another coat. And it still looks patchy! Well I'm not saying another word about it. What I intend to do is wait until he goes out for several hours and then FIX IT MYSELF. Hah! wink

Trouble is, I don't know how. What went wrong in the first place that made it look patchy and how do I put it right? In a few hours! Ideas please. confused

JessM Tue 09-Aug-11 17:54:58

Hi there

Did you use the right kind of paint...?
one coat gloss ok for quick clean up on top of existing colour. for complete new colour or bare wood, undercoat and top coat better? I am no expert... anyone else???

GoldenGran Tue 09-Aug-11 17:56:16

I think one coat gloss, but I also think it has to be dulux, it goes on better than others, Good luck!

absentgrana Tue 09-Aug-11 17:58:23

Light sanding with very fine sandpaper. Then apply paint in even strokes. Panels and mouldings, rails and style in that order. Another coat if necessary, with light sanding first, if necessary. Make sure the door is dry before you start and if the brush has been in a container of white spirit, squeeze it out inside a plastic carrier (then throw carrier away) and dab dry on kitchen paper.

Stansgran Tue 09-Aug-11 18:16:49

top coat of matt -unevenly painted and very firmly described as distressed.

Melanie Tue 09-Aug-11 18:57:31

Okay! Been out to the shed and spied on what he used. He used Johnstone's Arctic Satin Non Yellowing Quick drying Brilliant White. wink

pompa Tue 09-Aug-11 19:09:27

If you are going to rub it down before re-painting, I suggest you use wet o dry paper with plenty of water. If the paint is fresh and you use dry sand paper you may find that it will tear the surface rather than sanding it. Personally I am not keen on Satin, I always use Dulux professional gloss and use 2 coats. It is a thin liquid paint that needs 2 coats and takes 24 hours to dry, but it goes on very easily and cuts in well.

jangly Tue 09-Aug-11 19:11:35

Dulux is definitely best.

(says DH)

Jacey Tue 09-Aug-11 19:12:03

It may be that the initial sanding was uneven. This would mean the paint has 'soaked' into wood in differing amounts ...hence the patches. If this is the case ...then it may require stripping back again sad
Was the surface 'sugar soaped' to make sure it was a clean surface?
Don't think a few hours will do it ...what about leaving it for a bit ...and see if his'pride' makes him sort it out? smile

Melanie Tue 09-Aug-11 19:13:12

24 hours to dry! I'm DOOMED!

Melanie Tue 09-Aug-11 19:16:34

Jacey - when it comes to sanding he goes at it like a maniac. I know he bought fine sandpaper but the vibration from the electric sander shook the house. I doubt it was even. I could wait for his pride to make him sort it out - but he says it looks good! I may wait a very long time.

bikergran Tue 09-Aug-11 22:04:23

lol I have just done 5 doors last few days....they were the dark wood one swhich had been stained....I sanded them down (not too much) they have had 2 undercoats with johnsons undercoat) not my choice but was cheaper....then light sand donw and a coat of solo gloss (johnsons again not y choice) they look good but would have given them a 3rd under coat had I had time..but needs must to get finished.. dont think you can beat Dulux...although some one else has been using Johnsons non drip gloss and must say it has gone on the banisters dado rails very well (they too have had 2 undercoats on dark wood)>>>>

Melanie Tue 09-Aug-11 22:15:21

Frankly, I don't think he did undercoat. Sanding and then the paint, and upon my urging, the paint again. Why Oh Why Oh Why can't he see that it's not right. sad

glammanana Tue 09-Aug-11 22:46:55

You must use a base coat first after the initial sanding and then at least two good coats of gloss (pref.Dulux) then stand back and admire.from

bunic Wed 10-Aug-11 11:35:26

Melanie,glammanana`s right.Its all about preparation rub down(sandpaper)a good primer,rubdown,undercoat 1-2 coats light rubdown & topcoat.

Melanie Wed 10-Aug-11 19:06:12

I may have missed out a vital point. The door was a painted white door in the first place. blush

jangly Wed 10-Aug-11 19:18:20

Now she tells us! hmm


glammanana Wed 10-Aug-11 19:48:08

Women from venus Men defininatley from bleedin mar'snanie

melanie just start again babe's

pompa Wed 10-Aug-11 20:18:50

White door, was it previously painted or plastic coated ? Would make a huge difference regarding primer/undercoat and preparation.

Melanie Wed 10-Aug-11 21:06:01

Painted. blush

glammanana Wed 10-Aug-11 22:43:36

nb.above should read men from mars,my keyboard must have developed a spare hand !

Notsogrand Wed 10-Aug-11 22:56:19

You'll get a better finish if you take the door off it's hinges, lay on a table or similar, and paint it as a flat surface rather than upright. Avoids 'runs' of paint. Takes time to dry before you can turn it over to do the other side though.

A thought.....your DH may have made a pig's ear of this to minimise the amount of times you ask him to do something similar in the future. It's a familiar tactic. As is the huffing and puffing. The plan is that you're supposed to feel grateful for bugger all very little.

Why not cut out the middle man entirely and do it yourself? You'll get a proper job done and you wont have to say thankyou for rubbish. smile

glammanana Wed 10-Aug-11 23:09:42

Or get in a professional in and give DH the bill he will soon learn
not to huff and puff and put things off in future

Melanie Thu 11-Aug-11 14:29:08

OK - I've taken everything on board. Get a professional in shock, take the door off shock, Dulux Gloss paint the best but all our doors are satin - everything, thought it over confused. Thank you all so much. Here's what I've actually done hmm . Waited until he's gone out. Never out for more than 2 hours. Went and got a small, clean make up brush, went to the shed, got the paint, got the sandpaper. Sandpapered off (wet and dry or spit and dry) all the little things I didn't like, like runnies and a blank patch, Then I took my make up brush and painted over all my little bits. Put everything away how I found it. All evidence disappeared. Door better, not perfect. I can live with it now for a while.