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Never Apply Thick Coats
Paint should never be applied in thick coats. Not only does this retard drying, but it is impossible thus to get a smooth result. The effect to be striven for is a thin and even film of paint, and the thinness is not to be obtained by over-thinning the material with oil or turpentine, but by well brushing it out.
In brushing the paint on, the end of the final strokes should be towards the edges of the surface, so as to avoid what are called “fatty edges”, which are most unsightly and would spoil the appearance of the work.
Filling up Marks after applying First Coat
The first coat of paint having been applied and become thoroughly hard and dry, the work should be examined and, if there are any open joints or other holes or depressions visible, these should be filled with hard stopping. Such a stopping can be made by mixing white-lead paste with dry whiting and adding sufficient Japan gold size to obtain a stiff putty-like mixture. This stopping should be pressed in where needed, and laid off with the painter’s knife as smoothly as possible.
If the filling-up is fairly extensive, it is as well to let the work stand for a few hours before proceeding, by which time the stopping will be hard. Then the whole of the work should be carefully but lightly sandpapered, and all the dust so created, removed by the use of the duster.
When the door has been completed the casing is then painted.
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