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THE FINAL “LAYING-OFF” OF THE PAINT. This should be done very lightly, using the tip of the brush.
Final Paint Coat
The final paint coat may be of the sanie composition as the previous one, but if it is to be afterwards varnished, it should be more “flat”, which means that the proportions of oil and turpentine must be reversed; viz. two-thirds turpentine to one-third of oil. Also the paint should be very well strained so as to avoid skins or grit.
This having been applied and allowed to dry, the door is now ready for varnishing.
The varnish to be used will depend somewhat upon the colour of the paint used. If the colour is dark, the most suitable varnish will be either an outside copal front door varnish or an outside quality carriage varnish. If the colour is pale, a pale decorative varnish (outside quality) is called for.
The main secret of successful varnishing is scrupulous cleanliness. The work, after a light sandpapering with a very fine-grade paper, must be well dusted off so that not a trace of grit remains. Also, no varnishing should be done if there is dust about. The air should be still, and if a time immediately after a shower of rain can be chosen, so much the better. On the other hand, foggy or damp weather should be avoided.
The Same Brushes can be Used
The brushes previously used for painting may be used for varnishing, always provided that they have been thoroughly cleaned and dried.
The vessel from which we work must also be perfectly clean. A 2-lb. jam jar will be found very satisfactory.
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