Use an Additive with Oil-Based Paint To Ensure Excellent Results

While working on our epic antique claw foot tub project, we came across a suggestion to help us with our oil paint for her exterior — moreover, to help ensure the paint application went on as smoothly and evenly as possible that we think could help with all sorts of projects with the DIY set.
While perusing our guilty pleasure Pinterest, we clicked through to a post about painting laminate furniture. There, we found a tip to use oil-based paint for a smooth, even, lacquer-like coat and to use an additive usually regulated to outdoor applications.

The additive, Penetrol, can be used in small amounts (we’re talking tablespoons to gallons) to ensure your ever-fickle oil paint doesn’t set with the evidence of your choice of application tools forever apparent in your project.
Along with this benefit, the product purports to help prevent rust, increase paint adhesion to prevent peeling and blistering, and won’t change paint appearance or quality.
In our situation, we were using both a brush and a roller, so after a bit of research we figured the worst that could happen was nothing and we’d need an extra coat on Clementine. With the same care we took with our first coat of paint, we tackled the second coat and were pleasantly surprised with the results.
Not only did the paint dry smoothly with hardly a trace of a brush stroke or roller mark, but when a fingerprint was accidentally left on the side, it too filled in and dried unblemished.
The manufacturer also makes a product for latex paint, and we’ll most likely be trying that out as well in a future project.
Do you have any tips or tricks to help a paint project look immaculate? Share the wealth in the comments!

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