Interior Painting


  Painting tips for a quality paint job.

   Paint is the fastest, least expensive way to redecorate a room and hide a variety of defects in drywall, plaster and woodwork.  With today's finishes, you can expect to paint a room in just one weekend.  Most of this time, about 75%, should be spent in surface preparation.  Prep work should exceed finish work on most projects;  skimping on the prep work will produce a job that looks and feels rough, and will last only a short while.  Any savings of time on prep work will be lost when it has to be done all over again when the new paint fails.

    Paint should be applied to a clean, dry surface; free of dirt, grease, flaking paint, and old wall coverings.  If the old surface is badly chalked or dirty,  the new paint will adhere to the dirt or chalk, and not to the old paint film.  The new coat of paint will flake and fall off at nearly the same rate as the old paint.  In other words, the new paint surface is only as good as the old surface. 

    Paint will only cover the surface; it does not fill any holes, scratches, dents, cracks, or defects of any kind.  Such defects will show through if they are not repaired before you paint.  Even minor defects can be filled with spackling compound, and smoothed with sand paper;  If you can see the edge of the patching compound while you are sanding, then you will be able to see it after it is painted.  Remember:  paint does not hide any defects;  in fact, the paint will tend to highlight the defects and make them more visible after the paint dries.

    The worst painting tip I have ever heard, was broadcast on KOA 850 radio.  The decorating "expert" was giving advice on patching walls, using common household items.  He suggested that minor holes could be filled with toothpaste, at little or no cost.  He failed to mention a few things:  Tooth paste might be handy and easy to apply, but it has several flaws.  First, it is not cheap; a 7 ounce tube costs about 2 dollars if you can find it on sale.  That equals 30 cents an ounce, or nearly 10 dollars a quart for patching material.  If you use it for patching, then you still have to replace it (unless you never brush your teeth again).  A premixed quart of Synkoloid's spackling paste is 4 dollars, or less than half of that money; and a package of dry spackling powder is less than two dollars. 

    Tooth paste has a lot of sugar in it, and can spoil and develop a smell to it; When it dries, it becomes so hard that it can not be sanded or smoothed;  it leaves a bump in the middle of the wall.  The paint does not want to stick to it, and even flat paint will "flash" (produce a shiny spot) when you paint it.  Flashing highlights the patch; it draws the eye right to the patch.  The "flash" can be sealed with a sealer type paint, but the lump or smear (of toothpaste) in the middle of the wall can not be hidden.

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