A contractor who I do a lot of work for is building a home for an architect who will be heavily involved and oversee the construction of the home. The architect wants a brushed on finish. I voiced my concerns over the durability of the product and submitted a scratch glaze sample.
The architect did not like the sample and made the comment "no, I want it to look like an old man painted it." He also said that there is "something that cabinetmakers do" which gives a brushed on finish the durability of a conversion varnish topcoat.
I really want this job. Does anyone know what the architect is talking about? Bottom line, it seems there is no way to get the texture of a brushed on finish without brushing it on, but is there such a thing as a conversion varnish, or even a lacquer for that matter, which can be brushed on?
From contributor L:
Spray on a catalyzed primer and brush it. You will have to have two guys and the sprayer will need to go slow so the brusher can keep up. Brush the second coat of primer, sand the first like you would normally. Then use a scotchbrite pad to tooth the primer before coating with CV. This will keep the brush marks and give good adhesion to the next layers of CV. Then any subsequent CV coats will go on and retain the brushed look.
Also, I hadn't considered brushing the primer, but I will try that as well. What prevents the primer from flattening out a bit as it dries, which would slightly diminish the desired effect?
Perhaps a protocol like contributor L's has a better potential. It would be great to find a non cat primer that can be used under the CV.
They may sell a brushing reducer for either product. I have used a brushing reducer for 2k marine poly, but that still came out like glass.
Do a sample and get the architect, GC and customer to sign the back of the sample with permanent marker. Make the kitchen look like the sample, take a few photos and be thankful you can't see it from your house. You may consider having a notary witness the signing just to be sure. LOL.