What are the advantages/disadvantages of using water-based products?
Water-based products are more user friendly and smell less offensive. Brushes are also easier to clean but only dry quickly in the right conditions.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of using solvent-based products?
Solvent-based products have a better flow out and a better appearance. However, the odour is stronger and they can take 16 - 24 hours before being over coated.
I have used a solvent-based coating but cannot get rid of the smell?
Ventilation is the key - ensure windows and doors are open to increase airflow. All soft furnishings could be removed before starting as the smell may cling to them.
Smart tips for getting a great finish with Armstead Trade Quick Dry Gloss and Satin
New water-based Armstead Trade Quick Dry Gloss and Satin are the smart choices when you need an affordable, fast drying, non-yellowing alternative to traditional solvent-based trim paints.
You can use all your usual trim painting skills with Quick Dry Gloss and Satin, but here are a few expert tips to ensure you get a finish to be proud of.
Brush and roller selection
Use a good quality synthetic bristle brush - natural bristles absorb water from the paint and can cause brush marks
Use a short pile roller, preferably simulated mohair - foam rollers can reduce paint flow.
- Dampen bristles to reduce clogging.
- Lightly dampen the surface with a clean damp cloth to promote paint flow (over-wetting will reduce adhesion).
- Apply evenly - over brushing and applying too thinly can cause brush marks and uneven sheen.
- Lay off using the tips of the bristles and a virtually dry brush. Work in the direction of the grain or parallel to the longest side for an even finish.
- Leave the paint alone - don't be tempted to go back over drying surfaces as you will spoil the finish.