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wall painting

Discussion in 'Hand Made Signs' started by John Butto, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. John Butto

    John Butto Very Active Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Have not used my fitches in 20 years to paint a wall sign. A friend is opening a bar and wants the outside wall done the old fashion way with paint. My question is that now that the oil based One Shot enamels do not have lasting values as the waterborne acrylics on stucco walls will my fitches still be good with this type of paint or should I find some other brushes to use.
  2. signguy 55

    signguy 55 Member

    Sep 28, 2009
    I have used my fitches in latex, I just made sure to wash out good and put back in non detergent motor oil (that's what I use to store them.)

    Depending on the size of the lettering, a good quality house painting brush with an angle cut works great, (2" size, polyester, works in oil or latex) fills in a lot quicker than a fitch, still use the fitch for the intricate stuff.
  3. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    RONAN.............still makes some good paint. and SHERWIN- WILLIAMS makes some darn good INDUSTRIAL OIL BASED paint........as do other paint manf. LATEX to me is still not up to snuff for me. i try it ever now and again.............still not impressed.
  4. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

    Jun 18, 2004
    Since i still do alot of hand lettering and walls being one of them

    I still use 1shot lettering for this ...but ...now use a latex for backgrounds & panels or large letters that a regular small good house brush will control well with a good sharp edge and corner on

    1shot for lettering under 2 ft about ...then if you want it to last over 3 years Ronans Aquathane UV clear gloss

    but since vinyl does not last as well in the hot sun I don't worry about it... and charge at least a 1/3 more for clear ...also use it on smaller prints instead of laminate
  5. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

    Sep 29, 2003
    Wetumpka, AL
    I would personally forget about your fitches, especially if you've kept them oiled. I've never had any luck getting the oil out well enough to get acrylics to flow out well. I'm sure I'll get slammed for this but I'd use a combination of house painting brushes and cheap, white nylon bristled watercolor brushes from Michaels. They've got outstanding flow control and snap to them.

    Add Flotrol to the paint and you'll be surprised how much it will flow like enamel.

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