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On interior doors i.e. 6 panel how heavy is your first and second coat? Oil based enamel. I give 2 very full coats using BM Dulamel. I am curious if any of you paint the first coat as a thin, light prep coat followed by a finish coat? I am wondering if 2 light coats is more efficient as well as equally effective?
 

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My next job has close to 40, 6 panel and 8 Bifold doors. I can paint a 6 panel (one side) in 30 min if; I can shave some time off it will help. I painted a door for practice last night and will see how it turns out today after sand, wipe and paint. I was about 5 min quicker even with my ADHD super focus and staring off into space. Ha Ha.
 

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A lot of intersections on a six panel door and routed detail...

I prefer 2 or 3 light passes to a heavier coat.

Less chance of runs or a sag.

If doors are removed for painting, I paint em upside down.
 

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Believe me, it goes from being hyperfocused (that's what it's called), to being bored out of your skull.

But the challenge will keep you going for a while.

Once you put brush to door, 30 min. is too long. I spend time taking off all the hardware except hinges ( on a repaint). Then I tap a little bit of paint in all the corners around the panels and cut in the hinges. Then I use a mini roller. With the corners colored already, a mini can be used on flat surfaces w/ a brush handy to put excess paint out of corners if necessary. Usually the roller won't fill the corners.
If the doors have a grain, then I roll with one hand and brush it out with the other. Very quick method.

Thin coats.
 

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30 mins is far too slow. I would be looking to crack out both sides of a six panel door in about 15 mins. I also would use a small deep pile roller.
 

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I have a long way to go if I only do one side as fast as most are doing two. I can see the roller really cutting down time with a brush as needed. My 30 min side is a grade A single coat, no runs, no drips or errors; also heavy enough to qualify as two coats. Seems like one heavy or two light is about a wash as far as time goes for me. In the effort to learn and improve my skills I am going to adopt the 2 light coats and give the roller a try.
 

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Can I ask you guys a couple of things?

what is enamel? - in the uk enamel is what cast iron baths are painted in.

what is 'builder's flat'?

and what is latex over there? - I'm guessing it's emulsion.
 

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Stan,

There are some variables involved. For a private customer, repaint, take more time, do two coats.

For new construction, fly like the wind, one heavy coat. Use a sprayer if possible.
 

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I was in a fix this past Saturday I was all suited up to spray all by my self..using a 310 spray tip with a fine finish filter....then bammm it hit my gun after 8 doors and trim the tip started making lines it blew out or was dirty I couldn't get it right keep clogging ...so I went with the 312 with a course tip....i wasnt ready for the paint it was about to blow....I was sweating my but off I had to maove so fast with it....and i surely wasnt going to get a new tip...I WAS IN SPRAY MODE...lol, so ye I did have a couple or three sags that i do have to fix.....
 

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Are you guys including a 220 grit sand in your time to paint one coat? From my notes - on an average 6 panel door, it takes 10 mins to paint one side but another 10 mins to give it a solid 220 sand prior to that coat. Are you including the time to paint one side of the door casement perhaps when you paint one side of a 'door'?
 

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I can roll/tip one side of a 6 panel in maybe 20 minutes. But, all bragging aside, it doesn't matter how long it takes, just make sure to be fully compensated for whatever time it takes. I usually bid them for .75-1.0 manhour. I'm in no hurry. :no:
I figure a door as remove hardware, clean, sand, wipe and paint 2 coats 1.5 hours. I try as best I can to deliver a product that I would either do for myself or have someone do for me.

Like you I am in no hurry; this is a marathon not a sprint.

p.s. I might be able to paint one side in 20 min with a 5 gal bucket and broom. ;) I will keep at it....
 

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Are you guys including a 220 grit sand in your time to paint one coat? From my notes - on an average 6 panel door, it takes 10 mins to paint one side but another 10 mins to give it a solid 220 sand prior to that coat. Are you including the time to paint one side of the door casement perhaps when you paint one side of a 'door'?
I only count the actual door as one side; the frame or casement is a whole different story. I also sand 220 between coats.

I am really feeling grossly underspeed. Vitamins and an exercise program?
 
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