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Forum topic by epdowd posted 08-29-2017 02:43 AM 446 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2017 02:43 AM

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I’m new here and this is my first post, so I’ll say Hello to you all !!. I hope I’m posting in the right place.
I decided to start making Whirly gigs, the wind vane type.
I’m having trouble with leaving very visible brush strokes in the acrylic paint. Tried several type brushes, and thinning the paint. I suppose I would have better luck with oil paint but it takes much to long before you can continue on with other colors, e.t.c.
Thanks for any tips and info you have.

-- Harv.

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#1 posted 08-29-2017 02:20 PM

Acrylic paint is usually thick so it is prone to brush strokes as it doesn’t flow out well. Your run-of-the-mill hardware store type brush has relatively stiff bristles. Try an artist’s type brush with softer and finer bristles. You will pay good money for a good artist’s brush of any size. I use a 1 1/2” artist’s brush and it cost me about $20. Just wince, pay the money, and get it over with. If you carefully and thoroughly clean it and “point” it (carefully smooth out and shape the wet cleaned bristles to when they were when it was new) before putting it away. It will last you a lifetime this way.

Also, use the brush with care in spreading the paint. I apply a newly dipped brush in “dabs” in the area I will brush and then spread out the dabs by brushing in two directions. I then very lightly brush over the wet paint in one direction with the brush held at a very low angle.

This works for me.

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#2 posted 08-29-2017 06:04 PM

Thank you for your reply. I’ll bight the bullet and buy a couple good brushes like you recommend, I’m sure it will save a bit of cussing and head scratching as I go along.. I did find that the Matte paint is more forgiving with the visible brush strokes. Thanks again.

-- Harv.

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