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Painting woes, what am I doing wrong? please help (pic)

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slumbalumba Thu 07-Apr-16 08:16:55

F&B paint applied with a new 3" brush. Wall has three coats very carefully applied. At time of application it looked perfect. This morning it looks streaky. No previous colour 'grins' through, it just looks like I've missed bits when I know I checked carefully last night & it looked perfect. Can anyone help?

icklekid Thu 07-Apr-16 08:19:15


slumbalumba Thu 07-Apr-16 08:24:52


glorious Thu 07-Apr-16 08:25:02

Was it dark when you finished? It can be very hard to tell in artificial light.

QuiteLikely5 Thu 07-Apr-16 08:26:52

One more coat should do it!

slumbalumba Thu 07-Apr-16 08:28:04

Room was very well lit, it was about 6pm when I did it & right next to 12" bay window.

VulcanWoman Thu 07-Apr-16 08:29:13

I use a roller or paint pad, good light helps too. I do it in rows from top to bottom, maybe 8 rows per wall or in sections, depending on size of wall, so when going over the already painted part it hasn't had chance to dry too much.

slumbalumba Thu 07-Apr-16 08:30:36

If you look at the coverage face on there is no shading. It's not like it's light/dark, it's the way it catches the light. I want one smooth coverage. I suspect if I carry on as I have been the next layer will look exactly the same. sad

TheWildRumpyPumpus Thu 07-Apr-16 08:33:10

I've always had to do multiple coats of F&B, last time I used London Stone and had this same streaky look (although yours looks oddly shiny in places?).

zombiesarecoming Thu 07-Apr-16 08:34:15

Don't know if it will work but looks like your brush strokes are all up/down

Try the next coat going left/right

Failing that roller it

VulcanWoman Thu 07-Apr-16 08:34:41

PS, about 4 rows with large roller, I like to use a small roller sometimes, lol.

bikingintherain Thu 07-Apr-16 08:38:56

Have you painted it all with the brush?

I find you never get the same coverage with a brush compared to a roller. I suspect one more coat with a roller would finish the job, or perhaps another couple with a brush.

peggyundercrackers Thu 07-Apr-16 08:39:00

You should rub paint down lightly between coats for a smooth finish.

OrangeSquashTallGlass Thu 07-Apr-16 08:39:45

When using a brush you're supposed to put the brush strokes all over the place (ie not just up/down or left/right) to avoid brush marks. A roller, pad or spray is much easier and gives a much smoother finish.

VulcanWoman Thu 07-Apr-16 08:39:58

Maybe sand it lightly with fine sander, then use a roller, brushing is too much in a large area, you won't get a neat finish, matt paint is more forgiving in the finish too.

OrangeSquashTallGlass Thu 07-Apr-16 08:41:12

I also agree with penny. Even if you use a roller now you'll still have the brush marks. Sand the walls down lightly (fine grade sand paper) then use a roller for the last coat.

80sMum Thu 07-Apr-16 08:55:44

I agree, you need to sand it back to smooth surface and try again. Make sure there is no trace of any contaminants on the surface, such as traces of old wallpaper paste.
Use a brush only for cutting in the edges. For the remainder of the wall, use a roller.
I wonder also if the paint was applied too thickly. Three thin coats is much better than one thick coat.
If need be, thin the paint very slightly to make it flow better, but don't overdo it; a little water goes a long way.

Another thought, was the paint drying too quickly? Don't have the heating on while you're painting.

slumbalumba Thu 07-Apr-16 09:08:47

The heating was off although I did think the paint was going 'treacly' very quickly. I decided to use a brush as I thought the finish would be better than with a roller. If I paint again it will be my 4th coat!

wowfudge Thu 07-Apr-16 09:17:07

I've read numerous threads where people say F&B isn't easy to work with and doesn't go on evenly unless you dilute the first coat. Unless you are covering a dark colour two coats should do it I think. I've only used F&B once and I used a roller, as I always do, only using a brush for cutting in.

P1nkP0ppy Thu 07-Apr-16 09:23:44

It looks over-brushed? I only cut in with a brush and use a roller. I don't like F&B paint, B&Q's Valspar is infinitely better (and cheaper and they colour match to anything).

JT05 Thu 07-Apr-16 09:37:52

Is it on new plaster? I had the same when I painted onto new plaster that had had a clear sealing coat. I now mix white paint with uni bond to seal new plaster and no longer get steaks.

TremoloGreen Thu 07-Apr-16 09:51:23

As others have suggested, a quick rub over with some very fine sandpaper and a final coat with a short nap roller (microfibre probably best) should sort that out. F&B needs a primer step then 2-3 coats IME.

ExtraHotLatteToGo Thu 07-Apr-16 09:56:35

Op. I am putting off starting because I just can't face the types of issues yu are having! sad

Those of you that get a great result with rollers or pads, can you please recommend a good brand/type?

Afishcalledchips Thu 07-Apr-16 10:29:09

I'm using these to paint our whole house (in trade white though, not f&b) and they've been great so far.

TremoloGreen Thu 07-Apr-16 10:33:58

Wooster rollers, especially their doo-z system are my go to. Also Picasso pro-form chisel brush for cutting in means I don't waste time taping. I can get a coat on a medium room in about an hour to 90 minutes with these two. If you do need tape, frog tape low tack is good. Kip masker for protecting the skirtings/floor makes the job quicker and easier.

What are you painting on to? If a previously painted wall, a short to medium nap microfibre roller best. Do a mist coat (25-33% water) with any contract white emulsion first.

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