Sunday, October 12, 2008


The true reality of most painting projects is the preparations involved.

Assessment's of work to be done ...
Overall before attempting such project is the analysis of any or all repairs to be done ..

Essentially removal of all Pictures , Wall electrical Plates , Attachments ...

The movement of furniture away from work area enough to gain full access to walls flooring base and essentially to get a ladder in an to be free to move through area easily . three feet is enough ...

Generally if the entire room needs the walls painted . Move everything into center portion of the room . If this is too much remove from area altogether to free up space to move around !
The biggest mistake is not having adequate space to fluently move through the room .

Cover all furniture with a drop cloth or just plastic . Although you think it may be far enough away not to get splatters on . Take into effect newton law if it's there it will get paint on it . Such simple procedure will eliminate severe mistakes an headaches . Cleaning paint off something is much more difficult an embarrassing than the act of painting itself..

Tarping the floor area around entire room . An essentially the walk area away from room . hallways the way to the restroom , outside to the garage or out of the house . tracking paint through the house on your carpet or hardwood floors can be irreversible . Take into effect that you will be walking through your paint splatter area an no matter how careful you may be from creating a mess. Believe me it will happen .

Tape off bordered edge using 2" blue tape is the easiest all around to carpets , wood floors tile etc. allowing a nice clean edge to paint against . using some type of paper news paper will do giving added protection to the tarps walkways etc. Apply the second layer of protection of
tape to the foremost first layer of border tape you have put down first this doesn't have to be perfect think of it as insurance an believe me paper moves easily it sticks to your feet and ad hearing it down around the edges will keep it from moving around and even the air conditioner going on unexpectedly will blow it up on to your wet wall an ruin the freshly applied paint .. If your not paying attention it will happen an possibly dry permanently to the freshly painted surface . Believe me the paint generally will soak right through most cheaper brands of paint tarps or if your economical a sheet will not totally protect the floor surface at all . Use a second defence to protect from the obvious spill. It will happen even to the best seasoned professional . If you are such you probably won't be reading this so take these few serious words of advise from a pro. protect your work area from the most obvious of disasters . Overlooking the reality of spills will be a deteriorating aspect to your project . And make the simplest thing the hardest .. newtons law and bad karma will effectively spoil your day ! And possibly permanent embarrassment for not taking these simple careful steps .
Finally the remaining plugs and switches left bare from removing the plate tape over effectively to lessen the aftermath of rolling right over it with your paint roller an having to clean up is much harder than this simple protective step.

If there is curtains , verticals , horizontals , what ever over window areas . It is much easier to just remove them totally . And if the brackets aren't permanently attached unscrew it an remove totally it will be much easier to paint over than around these intricate an complicated attachments . remove these things totally out of the room if possible they get in the way an remember newtons law it will get paint on these fragile products. Curtains are like paint magnets it will get on it . You will be slapping yourself in your head screaming why didn't i just get these things out of here in the first place .

.A final note if your baseboard will be painted a different color shade or just a gloss instead of a flat . Tape it off using a 1"' tape remember to dust properly and clean before hand all around the edges before you start this project ... Then apply the tape carefully giving a straight line in the relation from base to wall . keep in mind that trying to brush a straight line at this lowest wall area in relation to the base is difficult having a tape line to ease complete brushing up against the tape will reduce your application time effectively .. And also protect your base from oversplater from the roller . those pesky little splatters are hell to get off your beautiful base an will look like hell to try n just paint over Take the time to adequately prepare is the essentials of a great an beautiful paint job that will show and last for years to come ...

Make repairs as necessary = filling all holes from nails etc . clean walls or brush dust off walls . If sanding is necessary . do so before applying steps above then vacuum as necessary .. tape will not stick to dusty walls an floors..

Finally when all painting is totally complete . Stop wait until your work is totally dry before attempting to remove tape tarps etc . throwing dust dirt whatever up on wet paint will stay forever . before trying to remove these carefully laid out protection let the surfaces dry completely .. brushing , dragging or trying to remove a well splattered tarp or paper n tape up against anything near well effectively ruin your day ! let it completely dry .

Go out clean up your paint equipment . wash your hands , take a much deserved break , rest relax , get away , what ever just give it all time to adhere dry n be beautiful .. before attempting to clean up ..

Finally reattach plug plates , any an all previously removed items . Curtains etc.. an set your furniture back . At this time sit back an enjoy your hard labors . Hopefully following these simple steps in preparations . will ease your project into completion without the most probable and possible damage occurring .

Good luck ..... One final note take your time involving these steps an get it done right the first time . after drying totally make sure you inspect your work totally before removing all this effort .. And an over looked need of a second coat of paint will be a hair pulling effect of insanity .
So wait , effectively inspect . realise that a second coat will last longer an look better especially if you are changing color or trying to cover a dark color with a lighter color .


Saturday, October 4, 2008


One way you could refresh the appearance is to pickle it ...Which could very well give you a vast difference in its look .. Lightening up its visual expression without such great expense .. Pickling is sort of the way they used to do what was referred to white washing ..In the old days ..Which actually adds colors but allows the beauty of the wood show thru ... Pickling is a bit different but basically the same ..A white wash uses a latex white paint thinned down two to one an the boards were usually soaked in the formula an then wiped off with a rag . Applying such with a brush or spraying with a bug sprayer soaking the product on then as i said wiping off ...It is a bit messy an really with the way latex paint drys so quickly and as you said the surface is rough i wouldn't advise of it. The rags absorb a lot an it is blotchy where it dry s an over laps where you wipe ..... But i though describing such will give you options . A note is always try your idea on a test piece any piece of wood will do it doesn't have to be the paneling ...Anyway back to pickling . What and how to create enough pickle juice for the job . Depending on the size of walls you have to do .The material goes a long way ... First on the quart basis ...Is easier to follow and handle ...With mixing such ....Select a quart of oil base paint that you like .The preferred color even though thick before thinning must at least be the appearance of color of your choice . Thinking that with a thinned product the color an texture of the paneling will show thru a bit ..What your pickle juice will come out to after thinning will give the paneling a streaked color variable to your color choice which could uniquely brighten up its appearance ..Using a gloss oil paint quart ( let say light beige ) dump contents in a pail or gallon bucket . Pour in the paint product can . Mineral spirits .Filling to the top shaking after replacing lid . An dumping content in the bucket your using that has the paint you dumped . Refill the quart twice with mineral spirits . Dumping into the pail or gallon bucket . This is a two parts mineral spirits to one part oil paint mix ... Creating 3/4 gallon of product ..Which is enough to do a good size living rm plus maybe a small hallway . Of course using a oil base product open all windows turn on the fan what ever you can do to disburse the fumes ...Using a low odor mineral spirits helps but believe me it still smells . Also remember no candles an if there is any pilot light in the area please be sure to extinguish the flames turning of all sources of flames anywhere in the house . Stove hot water heater etc. Even some gas fireplaces have a pilot light believe me the fumes travel a long way . Even smoking in the house . Might not be a good idea the cigarette wont light the fumes but the lighter itself just might be enough to blow up your house . I am serious on this so hopefully your paying attention . Fumes expand when lit creating a seriously explosive fire an will blow the windows out of your house an possibly burn down the whole place ... Anyways after you have mixed your paint an mineral spirits together . The product will settle a bit in this formula so remember to stir often ...Pour some in a paint pail usual a bit less than a quart is enough to get you started . Get a large brush ... Here is a link to my painting tips blog spot . It may give you more insight in choosing the right brush n equipment . Plus under my profile is links to my other blogs you may find interesting an possibly funny ..Quite a few stories and tales ... Some other interesting read . Http://paintingtips-dirtdog.Blogspot.Com/2008/09/professional-painting-tipsnobody-tells.Html Well after selecting the right size brush . Even a latex type brush will do in these matters after all they might tend to be easier to handle n apply the thin material . When brushing on quickly you can brush any direction to apply the material the more the better wetting the entire surface top to bottom an in the case of paneling its easy doing one slice at a time finishing with a top to bottom swipe either up or down but follow the same direction an amount of material distributed an upwards direction tends to bunch up material at the top n tends to run which is not advisable but passing up n down several times will distribute the product more evenly .. I will use a brush to put it on an have a brush attached to a stick with tape . Like a broom stick which gives you the reach an a full stoke from top to bottom ...It takes a while to master the technique ...But believe me its pretty easy ....Now i suggest to tape off the top an bottom with two inch blue tape or use a shield at the top of the paneling to keep it off your ceiling an tape paper n a tarp or sheets at the floor to protect you floor from spattering an drip from the paint product mix pickle juice is very messy n runny ...I also advise if your base board is similar to the paneling you can swipe. Left to right an pickle that if you wish to match it to the pickle juice . Or either tape off or remove it to guard against running on to it but it will wipe off quite easily with a rag dipped in mineral spirits . Now i would like to point out the trimming to door ways etc can be pickled to just flow with the grain direction with the final sweep top to bottom n you will be fine as long as you follow the grain direction ...Experimenting on a separate piece will hone your technique ... Take your time n get proper ventilation . Try not to stop in the middle of your work due to once dry it will over lap n a second coat will be twice as much color to definition . Of pickle streaks ...Oh another note take off all switch plates and receptacle covers . And cover with the blue tape to prevent pickling that too . If your plugs are dark brown an you want to change the color .. Try getting a white spray paint . Use a cut out stencil with a hole cut to the diameter of the plug without the plate on .. Hold up the stencil n spray lightly the plug changing its color will save you lots of expense rather than changing plugs . Just by new white plate cover to match a revive them too before or after you start your pickle project ..
Have fun n ask anything you so wish if you need help thru the COMMENTS directly to me i will respond once i notice you ..
Enjoy n take the time to do it right n it will be fine .. I am always online so response time is usually with a hour or so or up to a few days depending on my projects going at the time ....
I have many blogs an pages that i attend too ...
Here's one : Http://bitchingncomplaining.Blogspot.Com/2008/09/passing-of-dog-days-of-summer.Html Enjoy ..
Posted 1 minute ago ( permalink )
In reply to Annie's question