Have you struggled with brush marks or unwanted texture on your furniture painting projects? Maybe you're just not sure where you're going wrong? Maybe it's nearly perfect but not quite how you'd like it to be?
Or perhaps you're actually putting it off completely because you don't want to mess it up!
I've been there and I know how frustrating it can be. It can totally take all the enjoyment out of painting when you feel you are battling to get the finish you want or daunted to even start!
1. Always use a synthetic brush
For water-based paints always choose synthetic brushes. Synthetic filaments are far softer and finer than bristles of natural brushes and, as lovely as they are, natural bristle brushes WILL leave more texture in your painted surface. You don't need to buy expensive brushes - just soft ones and make sure to keep them well cleaned & free of paint build up.
2. Use the right size brush for the surface
3. Apply the paint thinly and don't brush over it too much
If you still need a bit of help to keep your paint fresh and flowing well and to eliminate those dreaded brush strokes add a little bit of paint extender / conditioner to give you more 'open time' to allow you to get it lovely and smooth. I use General Finishes Extender
Do you want to find out more?
If you’d like to learn in more detail how I get a super smooth finish and what tools and techniques I use as well as even more of my favourite painting tips for getting a fantastic finish check out my Painting Furniture video
Or if you would like to learn the whole process from Prep to Finish, tried-and-tested techniques and products to save figuring it all out yourself, have a look at my Online Furniture Upcycling Course
I also run workshops at my Studio in Leeds if you'd like to come and paint with me! Check out the upcoming dates
If you would like any a little advice with your furniture painting projects just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org