I don't always relish the thought of sanding, but I love to paint.
I spent a few hours tonight rolling and tipping fresh red paint on the floorboards of my Wedding Gondola.
Here are a few snaps I took of the process, while listenning to David Bowie.
The pieces all received their first coat of red yesterday (applied on freshly sanded surfaces). Since it takes most modern marine paints several days to fully cure, you can sometimes skip the sanding between coats - just wipe the previous coat with the thinner that matches the paint, and it softens things. Here, I'm wiping a floorboard (and whistling, of course).
Rolling is fairly straightforward, but there are ways to mess up.
The key is to focus on even application.
"Tipping out" the paint is where the skill is required. This is best done in controlled conditions with a brush you're very comfortable with. Brushing with the grain of the wood is usually best. Tipping out also gives you a chance to distribute the paint more evenly if you need to.
It all works out well if the paint is thinned right, you have the right tools, and can focus on the work. Good music helps too, of course.
And if for some reason you need to defend yourself while rolling and tipping, your brush can serve well as a deterrent.