Painting help pls

24 Nov 2009
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United Kingdom
Hi all,

Just wondering if you can impart some advice to a painting novice?

I'm redecorating my bathroom with a white Farrow and Ball emulsion, but am having a few problems.

I've applied two coats but when I step back and look at the wall I can see thin (10cm wide) vertical sections of the wall that are a darker shade to the rest.

I'm using a medium sized Homebase-branded brush, onto a magnolia wall. I've not applied a primer.

Can someone help me with where I'm going wrong?

Thanks in advance.
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Could be a couple of things - are you overlapping when you paint? this would cause a 'band' of darker paint as where you overlap will have a deeper coat, especially if its thin paint. Were the walls previously painted or have they been skimmed? If they are newly plastered you could be painting over an area of thinner plaster (where there may be a gap/join in plasterboard) which would have a lower absorbtion rate. Not using an 'undercoat' won't really affect the finish a great deal as most people use a watered down coating of the finish paint anyway. Just keep topping up the paint, if its an absorbtion problem the band should blend with subsequent coats.

edit: sorry ignore the new plaster bit - My advice would be use a roller, most people can't paint a wall fast enough with a brush alone so when you move on to the next section/band the previous will be dry/nearly dry
White ...Barrow and Fall :eek: how much more than a standard diy emulsion :oops: . definitely go with a roller. If I was brushing it would be with a 5 or 6 inch Hamiltons . Afraid you got expensive paint and cheap brush . Should`ve been expensive brush and cheap paint :cry: yes you`ve got to keep the " Wet edge going " across the wall when brushing.

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