Painting dollhouse before assembly?
Posted 29 January 2009 - 04:49 PM
I want to paint my dollhouse before assembly. It is a Real Good Toys milled plywood dollhouse. I read somewhere that I should paint the milled plywood ASAP if not I might damage the surface. I also read that I need to paint a section of the plywood at one time then flip over and paint the same section on the other side in order to prevent warping and keep flipping and painting section by section. Has anyone done it this way? How long do you have to wait for the paint to dry before flipping over?
I will be using satin latex interior paint for the exterior of the dollhouse. For the interior I will use flat latex interior paint. Should I paint the exterior first with the flat latex paint to prime it? Is satin a good paint to use that would allow me to wipe off any dirt on the dollhouse in the future?
Thanks for your help,
Posted 29 January 2009 - 05:09 PM
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Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:36 PM
Personally - I prime! Inside. Then I make templates and create wallpaper walls......hiding the wiring and any other features I don't want to show...like the little smiley faces Doug puts on the interior walls...sigh.....
I don't prime the outside. I have other things I do to the outside..... Then I paint! If you want your trims stained however, do not prime the interior trims! You cannot put stain over paint - Oh you can, but what a dreadful mess! LOL
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Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:41 PM
It is a matter of choice.
I painted my first dollhouse (The Orchid) before assembly and it was a mission to glue it together.
The second one (The Victorian Cottage Jr. from RGT) I painted some upfront and some already when assembled.
I'm still figuring it out myself, but no doubt that the next one The Coventry I will paint after assembly I do not want to go to the frustration I went with The Orchid.
I hope I did not confused you more.
Looking forward to see your project.
Posted 30 January 2009 - 12:56 AM
Posted 30 January 2009 - 10:01 AM
I swear by satin latex paint. It's easy cleanup with soap and water, yet very, very durable and excellent for removing dirt, fingerprints, even paint "oopsies" (before they dry of course). I figure if it 's good enough for my regular house, then it's excellent for my dollhouse. Yes, it's more expensive then acrylic paint but considering all the work I put into all the houses I build, I want them to last forever and be durable so the cost is worth it.
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 11:27 AM
I prime and sand everything that is going to be painted or papered before I put it together.
I then paint after I put that section together. This allows me to fit and fill everything that needs it before I paint.
Like several others I use latex satin for my exteriors. It has enough shine to hide anything that is not perfect but so much shine that is highlights them and is very easy to work with and clean up.
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