How do I avoid seeing brush strokes?

Some techniques utilize brush strokes to highlight the technique (two-color distress, for example.) So, brush strokes are not always a bad thing! Brush strokes are also more authentic for antiques and older pieces, so don’t be completely opposed to them.

However, if you don’t want to see brush strokes, there are a couple of steps you can take:

1. Kiss your brush with water before loading paint.

2. Paint initial strokes in cross-hatches. This will give subsequent coats of paint something to settle into. Painting with the grain on all coats can actually make strokes more visible. If you want to paint with the grain, just do so on the final strokes/coats.

3. After all coats have dried, using a 400-grit (or higher) sandpaper or sanding block, gently smooth out your surface. This is a smoothing technique, not intended to distress. This will leave your piece feeling professional and smooth.

4. If you absolutely want to avoid brush strokes at all costs, apply with a sprayer. We recommend the Homeright Finish Max sprayer.