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Painting Front Door..brush or roller?

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Painting Front Door..brush or roller?

it's an old wood door (no, not great quality antique door :) ) that i sanded & primed. I will be painting it a gloss black and was wondering, do i use a brush or roller for the best finish?
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Brush, especially if it has panels, etc.
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Depending on whether it is embossed you may not be able to get into ever nook and cranny so a brush may have to be used. There is no reason why you can't use a roller as long as it's high quality as well as the proper roller. Some want to use a brush in order to change the brush stroke pattern to give it a special effect.


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I noticed that CSK and I differ, which is fine, I've done both and don't want to see the brush strokes so I guess it's personal preference. To each there own therefore there is no wrong way to do it. I guess it also depends on how well you can paint.
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Lay the door flat across a couple of saw horses and apply multiple thinned layers of paint with a brush. Thinning the paint will help it spread better and eliminate the brush strokes as well as allow the coat to dry faster.
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thanks...fyi i'm seriously DIY challenged my son wants to submit me to Worst Handyman. ;) It's flat, no panels or embellishments, with 2 small windows (that i taped off). I want it to look smooth & glossy. I'm just concerned I'll leave nasty brush strokes.. btw, what would be considered a "high quality" roller?
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Spraying would give you the best finish, but if it is primarily flat I would use a roller. Brush only where you need to and smooth over the edge. Of the brush strokes with the roller ( ie overlap). Just like in a house you use the brush to do the edges/corners/around windows, abd do roller for the majority of the surfaces, same thing outside.
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Read the can of paint, there are usually recommendations. I know when I did my bathroom vanity and baseboards high gloss black the can specifically said no rollers, only brush as it was a self leveling paint. Be aware that high gloss paints show absolutely every imperfection in what will be the door in this case. Every nic, dent, etc....
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good point...i did notice it showed a brush & a sprayer as options. But i didn't think using a roller would be a problem. What is self leveling paint? I tried to sand out as many nics as i could, I know it won't look perfect, but an improvement over that ratty old door! :lol: this is my first painting project, figure I'd start small before tackling a room.
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