How Not To Get Brush Strokes When Painting

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Tips for Avoiding Brush Strokes When
Painting Furniture and Cabinets

It's often asked, "How can I paint and not get brush strokes?" We all want that smooth finish. Now, Fusion Mineral Paint is already self-leveling helps a lot when it comes to a great finish overall. But would you believe a brush stroke free finish really starts with your tools? Choosing the right paint brush for the project is key to achieving this look. Today’s blog post is going to teach you how to not get brush strokes when painting furniture and cabinets in your home. Please be sure to read it in its entirety and all 5 tips!


So here is how we at Fusion get the perfect brush stroke free finish when we are painting:

1. Choose the right paintbrush.

Every project is different and everyone’s hands are different. You need to find a brush that you can hold well and that is comfortable in your hands. We love Staalmeester brushes! There is no comparison to these. Staalmeester brushes are made from a unique synthetic / natural bristle blend that has a short natural china bristle, blended with a longer, silky synthetic bristle. The natural bristle ensures better paint absorption and the synthetic bristle component allows for a smooth, even application having minimal to no brush strokes. Read our informative post about how to select the right paint brush from their line for each job that will help you with your projects.

TIP: When you get a new brush, make sure you fan through it. A new brush can often have little bristles that will fall out and you don’t want that over your surface while you’re painting.


2. Apply the proper amount of paint on your paintbrush.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they tend to put gobs of paint on their paintbrush and then have a thick coat of paint on their surface. This is one of the quickest ways to create brush strokes on your furniture or cabinets. Repeat to yourself: less is more!

Dip your paintbrush into the container, then gently remove excess paint on the brush on the edge of the container.


This next picture is great for showing you how little paint Jennylyn puts on her brush when painting kitchen cabinets.


Your first layer of paint should be a thin coat. Don’t panic if you don’t see full coverage, especially when going from a dark to light colour. Layering is what will help ensure a smooth finish. Think of it like nail polish. You apply one base/initial coat. Then another thin layer, then another until your preferred look is achieved. The more you put on initially, the longer the drying time and room for mistakes (like pooling paint and uneven surfaces).

TIP: In the video at the start of this blog post, Fusion's Jennylyn demonstrates how to properly hold your paintbrush while painting to avoid marks on your surface.

3. Paint end to end.

How many of us have done the following while painting: imagine you’re painting a rectangular surface. You start on one area, such as the left-hand side, finish painting that area and then start on the right side. As we move to the right side, we notice the left side is drying and wrongly assume that it is splotchy (due to how it looks as it dries)and needs more paint. So we go back over to the left side to put more paint on before we even tackle the right side.

Don’t do this. Paint end to end to avoid brush strokes. Whether you’re painting a round table top or a picture frame, do not stop half way through your surface and go back the edge. Carry that brush with paint all the way to the other side. This prevents that dreaded line in the middle of any project and ensures that your paint is consistently the same depth all the way across. Going back over an area that you just painted is what creates textures and you guessed it, causes brush strokes.

For extra big pieces, obviously, this can be a challenge. This is where choose the right paint tool for the job becomes important (Step 1!!) as you would most likely switch to a roller instead of a brush, to move efficiently from side to side.


TIP: As you finish your paint layers, give them a quick look over and make sure there are no runs or any pooling. If all looks well, let your surface completely dry before doing your second coat.Fusion is dry to the touch after 2 hours and can accept a re-coat after 4 hours.


4.  Still Struggling? Try Fusion's Extender.  Fusion Mineral Paint's Extender is the solution brush strokes and paint drying to quickly. Fusion's Extender increases the drying time and helps reduce the visibility of brush strokes. It is similar to Floetrol. This tiny bottle goes a long way, less is more with this product. Adding too much will obstruct drying. The most you will want to add to a Pint of Fusion is Half a Bottle, or 1 fl .oz / 30 mL. Stir well once added. Extender can be added to any water-based product to extend the open time, such as Fusion Mineral Paint, Fusion Mineral Paint's Tough Coat Matte Wipe-on Poly, or Fusion's Tough Coat Gloss Wipe-on Poly.


5.  What to do with brush strokes?  Wet sand!  If you tried everything above, but still got a few unwanted brush strokes - have no fear!  A quick wet sand will fix you right up! Learn how to wet sand for a smooth paint finish with Fusion Mineral Paint for that smooth-as-a-baby's-bum feeling!

Watch to Learn how to Wet Sand for Super Smooth Finish

PAINTING CABINETS.  When painting kitchen or bathroom cabinets, we suggest that you use a lint free roller to paint the flat surface areas on the cabinets. This helps to reduce any potential for brush strokes.


And there you have it! How to avoid brush strokes when painting furniture or cabinets. We highly recommend you watch our video on this topic, as we show you just how magical Staalmeester brushes are, how much paint you need for each layer and how easily Fusion Mineral Paint glides over your surface. 

Source: Fusion Mineral Paint

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