Thursday, February 18, 2010

Is a light sanding between coats a good idea when using gloss paint?

I am using Dulux Non-drip Gloss. I need to apply a second coat. I seem to recall from somewhere that a light sanding is a good idea to give the surface a key if a second gloss coat is to be applied. Can anyone confirm this? The instructions on the tin are silent on this point and I don't fancy 10 minutes of menu options on the telephone!Is a light sanding between coats a good idea when using gloss paint?
It's not really necessary, but I still do it, so you get rid of any faults from the first coat, and also roughen up the surface so coat 2 adheres better.

Make sure you wipe down with a damp cloth before 2nd coat, and allow to dry.Is a light sanding between coats a good idea when using gloss paint?
yes it better to sand gloss paint with a very fine grade sandpaper to give your finish coat a key to adhere to . if you dont in time the top coat may just peel away . also wipe down with white spirit on a rag after sanding this will clean all dust away..
It all depends, if you want a glass like finish, light sanding between coats will be a good idea, but if you only doing a quick job, it's not necessary.
I am painting a vanity and have experienced a bit if ';drip bubbles'; from the paint running from the top of a drawer from the paint being too thick. I am using a simi gloss trim paint (Bher, from Home Depot). If you don't want the bubble, I recomend sanding with a fine grit sandpaper by hand, or with a small orbital sander (I have the Black and Decker sander that uses the ';mouse'; sander sheets). A light sanding of any bubbles caused by drip is a good idea.

Since you are using a non-drip gloss paint, you might not need to sand the surface between coats. Is the surface level? Sometimes, small dings or nicks get filled in by the first coat of paint, but will leave a bubble. If it looks like there are bubbles, lightly sand the area where the bubble is, not the entire surface.

I hope this helps.
yes, im a time served decorator..sand down with very fine sandpaper then dust off and apply a 2nd coat of gloss....
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Hope this helps!!
Yes it is a good idea as it provides a rough surface for the new layer of paint to stick to and it helps it to be pulled off the brush evenly so it reduces streaking
most definitely it does help but remember to use only fine or very fine sand paper to do this and also do it lightly, because if you do it heavely the marks will show through, the reason Iknow this is that I have just finished doing doors for my house and also I am a painter by trade so yes it will help to give a key for the paint to grip to.
a light sanding after undercoat i've heard of followed by a re-coat but not on a gloss i've always just slapped another coat on when the first one i totally dry

then again i'm not right good at diy so yr prob right and thats why my painting skills are shite
yes it is, it smooths out the finish and also gives the second layer something to stick to
Yes a very good idea, you get a much better finish

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