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Old 26-05-17, 12:53 PM
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Hi Lora,

One possible option is, for the final coat of gesso, to let the gesso cool and harden a bit (so it has a custard-like texture) and then trowel it on, using a very wide trowel. You can get trowels made of plastic (a bit more flexible, less likely to mark the surface then a metal one) that are up to 6 inches wide at places like Home Depot. If done carefully (you have to attentively overlap strokes, so as not to create raised edges) it can fill in brush marks and create a smoother surface, which means less sanding. Also, the less sanding needed, the fewer coats of gesso required - so maybe you could get away with 6 or 7 coats, which would lessen the weight a bit.

Please let us know how it goes.

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