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Old 01-20-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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Any tips for doing a perfect lap free finish on a flat door?
Especially using darker colours?
Any particular cover ?
Any additives?

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Any tips for doing a perfect lap free finish on a flat door?
Especially using darker colours?
Any particular cover ?
Any additives?
Are you a painter or DIY person?

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My tip is to stay away from the word perfect.
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Perfect does not exist in this world. For rolling smooth doors, I usually randomize the roller pattern instead of doing the same style you use for walls. It works because it is a smaller surface and you keep a wet edge still. Does not work on wall (DIY show style).
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So you are rolling them right?
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Any tips for doing a perfect lap free finish on a flat door?
Especially using darker colours?
Any particular cover ?
Any additives?
I do have a system for a great finish on flat doors, rolling as I suspect that is your chosen method. I wouldn't benefit from trying to explain my methodology, and doubt it would come across to you in a meaningful way either.

One suggestion if you really give a about figuring this out for yourself is to think about lapping. Think about how lapping happens. Once you have that figured out, just do the opposite of what would cause the lapping.
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I find that if I stand too close to the door it looks worse to me, so try to stand back maybe 15 feet or so, and kind of look through one eye.
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Dont expect all paints to produce a nice finish on a flat door. In fact, the paint and the brush will be key in your situation more than anything else.

First thing guys do - is post questions with the most important item omitted from the post as if doesn't make any difference assuming all paints and application methods are created equal.
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Any tips for doing a perfect lap free finish on a flat door?
Especially using darker colours?
Any particular cover ?
Any additives?

Wow, I bet your encouraged to post more on this forum.

It can be tough on the new guy sometimes. What helps ease this is going to the Introduction section and saying a bit about who you are and what you do.

As for the door: (summery of above)
1. In short use quality paint and applicators. Cheap stuff gets you cheap results. There are exceptions, but go with this common rule. ( including quality brush and roller) or a sprayer.
2. What is quality brush, roller, paint?...use the search tool. There is TON of information on here. It doesn't all agree, cross reference it, use what works for you.
3. As for application, keeping it wet, random and laps are as solid advise as it can get. Wanting an 'how to' is like asking "how do you walk"...we go about it differently.

Your messages have to cross those International waters....sometimes things are lost in translation....see you around.
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Dont expect all paints to produce a nice finish on a flat door. In fact, the paint and the brush will be key in your situation more than anything else.
You think?
I like to think its the painter.
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Hi there . I started the thread I'm a pro painter. Usually I'll use premium water based enamel and if I can a microfibre roller cover , which we call a sleeve.
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i used to know a kid who would blue tape off everywhere the paint could lap...no lap mark because the tape was there......


i just brush the entire door, panels first and keep a wet edge........ wet edge= no lap marks....when i want a glass finish ill do 2 top coats then a 3rd thinned down coat with a brush. obviously ill sand etc before i paint

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Any tips for doing a perfect lap free finish on a flat door?
Especially using darker colours?
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Guess my reply came across harsh. Not the intent at all. The best replies come from the most detailed threads.
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Hi there. well once again I'm getting terrible results painting a flat door with water based enamel.
Ive eliminated the problem of lap marks by adding a drying retarding agent.
Now, I use a Wooster Big Ben roller,it's about 280mm I think, with a standard wall roller cover which is dacron I think.
Ive used microfiber in the past but I find the more paint you put on the better.
Microfiber rollers are mean with the paint , you need a good generous even coat. But the other roller leaves quite the texture.

What sort of cover do you put on your rollers when you roll a door.
I could spray it but it will go all over their kitchen and black gun safe and their husky.
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Hi MV87,
Notice your a Kiwi, here in Aus, Queensland i,ve had issues trying to get a good finish on flat doors, rolling on aqua enamel. I find approx 5% water & approx 5-10 % floetrol helps alot. I also find the ambient tempreture also effects this product alot, changes from day to day.
I've tried the micro fiber rollers, found i get better results with foam rollers, dont get the rollers with joins in them, they leave terrible lap marks.
Only tip off once, after that the aqua enamel drys to fast & starts to pimple up.
Well thats my 2cents worth.
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Use SW microfibre or their 3/16 nap mini rollers. With these babies we make flat doors look like they were sprayed.

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