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    Can anyone help...

    ive been painting MDF plaques and MDF wooden letters for a while now,whilst i am very pleased with my designs, i worry about the finish. They look good but no amount of sanding (3 coats and 3 sands) gives them a high quality finish (brush strokes!!!)

    I use various b&q tester pots in different colours...

    Aside from spraying them (which costs lots) is there anything else i can use to give them a better finish, i dont want them glossy or shinny, just a matt finish.

    Any suggestions, or is spraying the best best way to go?

    Many thanks!

  • #2
    Hi, have you tried foam pads?
    I use the 'lolly stick' style ones to great effect.
    I prefer water based Acrylic paints, they give an easy clean up.
    James
    www.facebook.com/CraftyCath

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    • #3
      I think your problem might lie in the fact that you are using tester pots. From what I can gather, they're not designed for a good finish, just for testing colours.

      My tips:

      - use artists' acrylics
      - use good quality flat brushes - the synthetic brushes on http://www.rosemaryandco.com/ are really good ones.
      - if you are painting full strokes, rather than images, try painting them one way first and then paint at right angles to your first strokes, while the paint is still wet, to distribute the paint evenly.

      You're right to sand in between. Make sure you finish with a fine sandpaper.

      Good luck x
      digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
      blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
      hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
      blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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      • #4
        How do acrylics differ? i dont want to buy if they r going to leavesame finish with bush strokes? would a roller be any better?

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        • #5
          painting wood

          Are you sealing the MDF? Its absorbant and it needs sealing first.
          Try an eggshell/matt finish wood work paint, (water based not oil) but use a half decent name, as above, tester pots from B&Q are not good enough. a 750ml Trade Crown wood paint for arguments sakes will cost about £12 ish give or take but will last a while and proper decorators stores, not homebase or B&Q will mix colours for you aswell. Then go to a decorator merchant store like Brewers or Kent Blaxill and buy some Wooster brushes, they are around the £20 mark for a brush but they are worth the money, speak to the chappies in there and ask which 'tip' is better for you to use, they will advise. Or artist brushes I guess, I don't use artist brushes so can't really say.
          If you roller the paint, you still have to 'lay' the paint off, and still need the brushes to do so or you get a stippled effect. but when laying off the paint or gently feathering it out to give a smooth finish with no marks, do it as if you are only gently touching the paint, and use the tips of the brush, do not press hard as you will still have the same problem, failing all that, Bosch have a spray gun its about £50 for domestic projects, they are not bad, and the finish will be even, but practice
          Last edited by ree1977; 16-02-2013, 07:12 AM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kemo_2002 View Post
            How do acrylics differ? i dont want to buy if they r going to leavesame finish with bush strokes? would a roller be any better?
            They're harder wearing, longer lasting and likely to give a better finish. However, using acrylics won't eliminate brush marks. What sort of brush are you using? The brush can make a huge difference.

            Are you stroking the brush completely from side to side? Or stopping halfway? Are you distributing the paint evenly with strokes one way and then the opposite way? I paint (and sell) a LOT of plaques and use this method, which works really well for me.

            The big thing is practice. Lots of it.
            digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
            blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
            hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
            blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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            • #7
              Originally posted by wendy View Post
              They're harder wearing, longer lasting and likely to give a better finish. However, using acrylics won't eliminate brush marks. What sort of brush are you using? The brush can make a huge difference.

              Are you stroking the brush completely from side to side? Or stopping halfway? Are you distributing the paint evenly with strokes one way and then the opposite way? I paint (and sell) a LOT of plaques and use this method, which works really well for me.

              The big thing is practice. Lots of it.
              So i need to look at acrylic paints, is there a specific brand thats good value?
              Not very good brushes i have to say, can you recommend anything?

              My letters sells pretty well, so my customers dont seem to mind, but its more for me, its the only thing im not 100% happy with!

              Especially if i want to move onto more plaques the surface area of paint is going to be larger and therefore painting needs to be better!

              Thankyou

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              • #8
                Originally posted by kemo_2002 View Post
                So i need to look at acrylic paints, is there a specific brand thats good value?
                Not very good brushes i have to say, can you recommend anything?

                My letters sells pretty well, so my customers dont seem to mind, but its more for me, its the only thing im not 100% happy with!

                Especially if i want to move onto more plaques the surface area of paint is going to be larger and therefore painting needs to be better!

                Thankyou
                These are good for bigger surfaces: http://www.rosemaryandco.com/acrylic...roke-synthetic - I use them daily and they've lasted really well as well as being good to use.

                For smaller areas, the flat ones from the same range will be good: http://www.rosemaryandco.com/acrylic...thetic-acrylic

                I can't fault rosemary & Co: small family business, handmade product and excellent (quick) service.

                For the brand of acrylics, you really need to try a few and see which suits you best. I use Liquitex soft body but it's not the cheapest out there.
                digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
                blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
                hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
                blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wendy View Post
                  These are good for bigger surfaces: - I use them daily and they've lasted really well as well as being good to use.

                  For smaller areas, the flat ones from the same range will be good:
                  I can't fault rosemary & Co: small family business, handmade product and excellent (quick) service.

                  For the brand of acrylics, you really need to try a few and see which suits you best. I use Liquitex soft body but it's not the cheapest out there.

                  Thanks wendy, can you post the links again for me, im a little comfused which ones i need. i definately think i need better brushes. Out of interest, would the finish be better if i used these brushes and remained using the b&q paints, at the moment i use there cheapest small brush! (embarased!)

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                  • #10
                    Go to http://rosemaryandco.com/ and pick acrylic brushes then golden synthetic.

                    You should get a better finish with any paints than B&Q's cheapest brush!

                    Make sure you paint edge to edge and don't stop and start in the middle. Brush strokes are not so bad if they are straight without stops and starts.
                    digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
                    blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
                    hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
                    blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by wendy View Post
                      Go to and pick acrylic brushes then golden synthetic.

                      You should get a better finish with any paints than B&Q's cheapest brush!

                      Make sure you paint edge to edge and don't stop and start in the middle. Brush strokes are not so bad if they are straight without stops and starts.
                      Great thanks!

                      wow, there r so many, how do you pick the perfect one??

                      Id be using them for plaques & freestanding wooden letters, all MDF...


                      Thankyou again for taking time to help me!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kemo_2002 View Post

                        wow, there r so many, how do you pick the perfect one??
                        There isn't the perfect one, unfortunately! They're all perfect for someone...

                        I would just pick a few in the sizes that might be useful. I have them in all sizes from the tiniest ones for detail to the 2" flat ones for large surfaces.

                        You're welcome. I paint on MDF and they work well for me. Long-lasting, too.
                        digital stamps for cardmakers: http://www.handmadeharbour.co.uk
                        blog: http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.com
                        hand painted personalised plaques, clocks, canvases, etc: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk
                        blog: http://www.1stuniquegifts.co.uk/blog

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