I’ve rolled the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat on before – here, a Putty door sample
I prefer a smoother, less stippled finish so if I whiz roll the first layer I like to brush on the second finish/fill coat.
The one thing the rolling on of first layer does, is it provides a more even ‘bite’ coat – something that the final layer will be able to grab on to.
Either way, it’s all a matter of personal choice – the textured basecoats offer a lot of flexibility in application because they are thicker. You can mush them on heavier for a more primitive finish, or brush them on smoother for a more refined look, or thin them out with a little water and brush thinner coats, or even roll out the coats with a textured roller – take your pick.
I experimented with some old Peppercorn Texture Basecoat – I added some water so that it would be a thinner consistency. Usually the TB’s don’t ‘drip’ off a stir stick, but this mix was just ready to drip –
After one rolled layer (existing oak door)
When it was dry, I rolled the second coat as well –
Then I took a paint brush, dipped in a little water and lightly dragged it over my paint finish to smooth out any roller stipple marks
Was it easier than brushing on both layers? I guess in a way – I think it comes down to matter of taste – some folks prefer rolling, some like the brush. Typically two coats of the TB’s will cover applied thinner like this, with the exception of Parchment (creme) and Wisteria (white) – those will probably take three passes.
Once dry I sanded lightly to give it a smooth compacted feel (took about 20 seconds). Remember, when you sand the textured basecoats they will get chalky and dull in color – don’t worry!
Brush on the toner
and wipe it off with a dry rag
See? the toner brings back the color –
A worthwhile experiment!
I used my favorite textured paints – The Caromal Colours Country Living Collection – DIY paints that stick to nearly any surface without having to prime or strip first. Even better? It’s tried and proven durability. When your finish is dry give it the fingernail scratch test – go ahead, scratch HARD – this paint finish won’t budge.
Are you unfamiliar with the Caromal Colour brand of paints?
Start here – distressing paints