MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

 

 

MY "TEN SPEEDS"

 

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MY "TEN SPEEDS"  

HAND PAINTING - INTRO

REMOVING OLD PAINT

PAINTING WITH A BRUSH

APPLYING THE PAINT

SURFACE LOOKS AWFUL

LOOKING BETTER

PAINTING LUGS

 

THE PAINTED SURFACE LOOKS AWFUL!!!

   

Trust me when I say that you will think you have made a mistake when you finish brushing on the first coat of color!  The paint is only so thick and covers only so well.  There will be a host of thin spots, showing primer through the color, coupled with trapped debris and complicated with paint runs.  The initial results will look awful.  Your unpractised skill, amongst other things, will assure that.

But you will be pretty happy with the way that the paint flowed as you applied it.  Even though you could see that the results were not picture taking perfect as you applied paint, you did like the way it settled into a relatively smooth surface.  As you worked, you were tempted to apply more paint to achieve coverage.  The result - paint runs.  You will not be as tempted to apply the second coat as thickly as the first simply because show through will become less of an issue.  And the results of your effort will improve.

The first color coat will be riddled with trapped bits and pieces of debris, even though you tried to clean the whole frame set with a tack rag.  But the second coat will not be as debris ridden and there are good reasons for this.

Most of the debris is present before beginning to apply the first coat.  A tiny hair here and a speck of old loose paint there will be picked up and moved around with the first color application.  And then these pieces, be they annoying to view or still hidden in a nook or cranny, will become trapped in the first coat.  And even though you did your best to remove all bits and pieces that were still clinging to the frames set's surface, a cling-on or two will remain and telegraph through the first thin coat of paint.  The results will look awful!  But I urge you to press on.  With each color coat, there will be less debris to pick up.

It is difficult to tell someone how to apply paint with a paint brush but here are a few simple rules to consider:

1.0   Never pull the paint towards and up an edge.  Always paint over and down the edge.  If you pull paint towards and up and edge you will dramatically increase the chance of creating a paint run.

2.0   Apply paint sparingly, attempting to smooth the surface as you work.  This does not mean fuss over one area for a lengthy period of time.  It simply means, try to get each stroke with the brush to blend nicely into the last stroke invisibly.  This is a skill issue that will improve as you go.

3.0   Never leave a leading edge to dry too long.  Doing so will usually leave a paint edge.  In other words, if the leading edge is allowed to dry too long, it will not allow for fresh paint to blend together, eliminating that edge.  And the edge will show!  To avoid this always work around the frame tube and then move on to the next section of the tube.  Do not paint all of one side of a tube and then switch to the other.  Doing this allows the paint enough time to begin to dry and create an unblendable edge.

4.0   If you see a spot that you missed previously - let it be!  Do not go back and begin to fuss.  Doing so will not produce a better result.  It will only create an edge and the edge will be visible.  Rather than go back and fuss, deal with the problem on the next color coat application.  Remember, the next coat will be easier to apply simply because your skill level has increase.

5.0   Do not shake the paint can up or stir vigorously.  Doing either will allow air bubbles to form in the paint and those bubbles can, and likely will, be transferred to the surface of the painted object.  Rather, take the time to stir the paint slowly, ensuring that you get the stuff that is inevitably  gummed up on the bottom of the can.

6.0   Do not paint in a high traffic area of your home is possible.  People going here and there stir up any dust or suspended particles that might be floating around in the air.  These particles will stick to fresh paint and you will need to address them, perhaps even with an extra coat of paint.

7.0   In tight areas, it will be impossible to paint with full smooth strokes for fear of creating runs.  In areas such as this, switch to a much smaller brush to do outline detail work.  Outline quickly, then switch back to the one inch tapered brush, that you are using to paint the larger, uninterrupted surfaces.

How you actually use the brush will be your technique.  I suggest that you experiment as you apply the first color coat.  Remember that you are trying to get better at painting with each coat and a bit of technique experimentation is the best way to discover what works well for you and your style. Remember also that this is your first try.  Don't expect perfection.

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