Iíve tried to paint mantels in alkyds, but itís
very difficult to hide brush strokes when the shapes keep changing. Latex on the
other hand covers very well and doesnít show streaks due to better leveling so I
always end up finishing the job with latex.
Now I just use alkyd primer sealer as the first
coat and finish with two or sometimes three, coats of latex trim enamel. Alkyd
primer sealers are necessary because the water base latex will penetrate the wood
and it could cause strains on the mantel due to swelling from water expansion
All mantels are sanded before they leave the shop.
A light sanding and dusting is recommended before and especially after the prime
We offer an alkyd primer sealer for $70.00 on most
mantels as a customer service. All imperfections (fine line spaces and
unfilled brad holes ) that show up when the first coat is applied are
touched up. The mantel is then sanded again with fine grit sandpaper (#200
or better). The prime coat sands easily, to a baby smooth finish, but can be
tedious due to the shapes of the wood moldings. Care in these steps is
important to the finish of the mantel. Now the mantel is ready for finish
For an additional $25.00 we will add a single coat of
acrylic latex white satin enamel.
Fireplace Mantel Company