Some people who choose the roll and tip method for topside painting fail at the quick try. That is normal! You will need a little practice, obviously! But according to the experts, if some key factors kept in mind before starting roll & tip painting, even the first attempt could be super successful. So what are those key factors?
Here are them!
- Be wise when choosing the brush and the roller. Anything wrong with them will harm the overall painting process. Go for high-quality brush and rollers. And they make sure the models you are about to pick they are solvent resistant. If not, the solvent will damage them, and they will fall apart very soon.
- Please do not go for large cell foam rollers; they create different problems; bubbles are one of them. Surface bubbles when rolling the paint is very irritating since that affects the painting. Go for 1/8-inch nap, high-density closed-cell foam rollers, and this will eliminate the surface bubbles for sure.
- Before starting painting, make sure you mix enough amount of paint to cover an enormous section without stopping. The best would be to prepare the paint for one side of the boat at once, and you shouldn’t stop painting unless one side is covered completely.
- This is a mistake that most people make, not loading the roller properly. The roller needs to be loaded evenly, not heavy and nor light; both have disadvantages. When the roller is light, you will see places where the paint is very thin. And heavily loaded roller will also give you uneven painting.
- The one who will be tipping the paint after you roll. His hands need to be light or stable. Because tipping will smoothen the texture that roller leaves, so for a smoother finish, the hand needs to be steady.
- If you feel that the brush is dragging even slightly, add a little thinner. But remember, do not over thin, mixing a capful of thinner should be fine.
- When you make your mind to follow the spray method, make sure you choose a sprayer that is suitable with the paint. The paint manufacturer recommends the compatible spray tip sizes, flow speed, etc. Make sure you pick accordingly.
- Make sure you hold the spray gun at a reasonable distance from the boat surface you are painting. And spraying you have to keep moving, you can’t stay at a place, the spray needs to move consistently for even, smooth and excellent looking finish.
- One mistake that most people make when spraying is. First, they press the trigger of the spray, and then moves the spray. Do not do that! Start moving the spray gun before you press the trigger. Otherwise, you will end up with an uneven surface.
- A highly important thing to consider when you are spray painting is the environment. It shouldn’t be very windy, and the wind will affect the spray paint that’s so obvious. Moderate wind shouldn’t be a problem, but if you have overly thin the paint, it could be an issue. Read the paint manufacturer’s recommendation wisely; make sure you follow each suggestion.