The lacquer stamp paint appears much simpler to many amateurs in decorative painting. There are complete kits with different buffers whose shapes are adapted to a variety of painting work. Clean them very carefully if you wish to reserve because they do not support any remaining paint that would mark inexorably on any new work.
- Buffer set
- Loading cylinder bin
- Nail brush
- Prepare the stamp
- Prepare the painting in the tray
- Apply the paint on the walls to the buffer
Prepare the stamp
1. The buffers to paint have great qualities: they allow a fast, neat work, and are easy to use. They avoid many difficulties to the beginner painter. They are particularly recommended for lacquer since they apply the paint very regularly. You will find them in the trade in the form of "kit".
2. A "kit" usually has a large stamp to paint on walls, ceilings, etc... A small stamp, is a stamp for inaccessible places or details. The large pad is most often removable, and can be separated with the handle that will fit on a broomstick. It is therefore possible to change the applicator while keeping the same frame.
3. The buffers to be painted are synthetic mohair whose bristles play the role of the bristles of a brush. The large number of these hairs explains that the painting is of a faster application. The mohair is based on a polyester foam cushion. Between the cushion and the mohair is a waterproof adhesive; thus, the paint will not go on the cushion through the hairs. Before the first use, it is best to rub it with a hard brush (nail brush for example). This operation makes it possible to eliminate remains of hairs not fixed during manufacture. You can also vacuum the mohair pad.
4. The special tray, which is also supplied with the kit, has special advantages. It includes a plastic container for painting, and a fluted cylinder for loading the stamp. This cylinder has a double interest: turning, it takes the exact amount of paint needed to load the buffer. On the other hand, he periodically mixes the paint.
Prepare the painting in the tray
1. Buffers are particularly recommended for lacquer because they allow to spread well and smooth, which gives an excellent finish. But the current paintings have such qualities that almost all are applicable with the stamp that spreads them very evenly. Note, however, that pads can not be used with cellulosic paint (for metal surfaces). Dilute the paint in the tray, if necessary, with the appropriate thinner. If you paint with a lacquer, you can also apply the underlay to the pad.
2. Then put the loading cylinder into the notches provided for this purpose. Again it is possible to use a regular tray, but in this case, it will be necessary to stir the paint from time to time to obtain a homogeneous color.
3. Put the pad on the cylinder and roll to impregnate the mohair. Then wipe the pad on the edge of the tray. At the beginning of the work, repeat the loading and sponging operation on the container two or three times. Then, only once will suffice. If you use a single tray, do not immerse the pad in the paint (only 3 minutes) so that only the mohair is impregnated. Also wipe the mohair on the edge of the tray. The buffer must have absorbed only a little paint, this avoids drips.
Apply the paint on the walls to the buffer
1. To paint the walls, fit the hollow handle of the pad on a broom handle, which avoids having to use a step ladder or scaffolding (planks mounted on trestles).
2. It is important to lay the pad flat on the wall so that the paint does not accumulate on the front or back of the pad and does not flow. Pass the buffer up and down, without crossing, because it is not necessary. The pad is also used for ceilings without the need to protect the hair, since the applicator, if properly used, guarantees the absence of sagging along the handle or on the floor.
3. The handle can be disengaged instantly, which allows to paint in the same movement the top and bottom of the walls or doors. Passing the mohair pad requires only a small effort, and no special skill, unlike, for example, brush painting. You can even spread the paint as if you were passing a dust cloth: the layer will be well applied and even.
4. When you pass a lacquer with the stamp, it is important to smooth it so that you do not see the traces of passage. To have a perfect glaze, it is essential that the bottom is free of defects because the lacquer highlights all the irregularities. Sand the first layer with a fine sandpaper and used (or wet) before passing the second layer.
5. The small stamps allow to paint the moldings, the sticks, etc... And thus replace, in a number of cases, small brushes and brushes to rechampir. To paint the corners, there are buffers with side shields that prevent the paint from overflowing. Just wipe the edge of the pad, and paint all angles quickly. This avoids, for example, sticking a protective adhesive tape on the windows or at the edge of skirting boards, or working with a cardboard cover.
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