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Question DetailsAsked on 3/13/2015

What type of contractor is best to paint a fireplace mantle and window sills?

I hired a painting company to paint the inside of my home. They said they would also paint the mantle. They painted it over the original paint without sanding anything and because their spray machine broke, they decided to paint it with a regular paint brush. They used the same paint as the trims (latex). The result is not pleasant. It looks cheap and badly done. I need to hire a professional to fix it, but I don't know what type of painters would know how to paint a mantle properly. Please advice.

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Sounds to me like the problem was the painter and the lack of prep, and maybe the wrong brush. Brushing is fine - the normal way to do trim and mantles because it gives a thicker, better looking coat than spraying plus avoids most of the timely masking needed for spraying.

If you can't find a painter with good experience and reviews in doing trim, you could try a Cabinet - Refacing/Restoration contractor. Or DIY - properly sand the surface to a smooth finish that removes all the gloss on the surface, and repaint with a high-quality paint using a good-quality natural bristle brush - I use tapered 1-1/2" brushes for this sort of trim and small surface work. For a hard glossy look and greater wear resistance instead of an acrylic latex in gloss or semi-gloss you could use an acrylicor alkyd enamel like Krylon or Sherwin-Williams ProClassic Enamel, available in quart cans. If using acrylic/alkyd test a spot first to be sure it will not bubble or lift the latex - generally will not, but depends on brands.

If might also be, if the problem with the existing paint job was show-through or thinning-out streaking (as opposed to over-build streaking which will have to be sanded out) then that might act as a primer and all you need is a finish coat of a good semi-gloss or gloss acrylic latex.

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Note that many alkyd enamels WILL lift latex, so you may have to reprime it a primer designed to seal latex in that case.

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