Nov 8, 2008

How to Suck Less at Painting #101

HowTO: Freehand Cutting against any single edge source.

cut-in006We are using a 2.5" angular Benjamin Moore paint brush for this demo. Start by loading the paint brush. It helps to pre-wet the brush with water prior to painting, squeeze or kick it out. This will help keep paint from drying on the brush and will assist with cleaning the brush later. Be sure the brush is loaded about 1.5" up the brush as seen in the photo above.
cut-in004Start by applying light pressure on the rim of the can to remove the paint from the right side of the brush but leave about 1/2" to 3/4" of paint as seen in the photo on the left.

The photo taken after the paint was removed on the right side of the brush. Click any photo for larger view.
cut-in001Your paint brush should look like this on the right side and bottom as seen in the next photo below.
cut-in002Paint on right side and a bit on the bottom.
cut-in003Flipping the paint brush over, here is the left side with all paint removed from this side because this is the side (edge) that will cut against your source object such as a casing or a ceiling line that you do not want wall paint on.
cut-in007Do not paint like this with the paint brush flat against the wall. Also pay attention to how to hold the brush in the photo above.
cut-in008Hold the brush like seen in photo and make your first pass above the object. Remember your paint is on the opposite side of the paint brush not the side near the wood.
cut-in009Make your next pass cutting-in closer and tight to the wood. If necessary, wipe the brush lightly on the rim of the can before this final pass. The paint you need is already on the wall, Your second pass only needs to move it closer to the wood. You can see the full video from YouTube below.

 

Nov 7, 2008

Glidden Super Washable Flat

This paint is some kind of freak accident.

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The people at ICI Paints must really identify with a need to wash flat paint, because they've invented a product that enables you to wipe virtually anything off the walls you can throw on them.

I first wrote about Glidden EVERMORE Super Washable Flat in August of 2007 and have been using it on a regular basis.

This paint impresses me is many ways. First, its flat and you can wash it. It fit into a need for a flat paint that was more durable than any other flat I've used in the 25+ years of painting. I splashed a deep red mahogany 'penetrating wood stain' on the wall and wiped it off with thinner, this is a flat paint, I should not be able to do that. The walls were new drywall with only 2 coats of this paint on them.

Another very impressive characteristic is how incredibly difficult it was to chip-off dried paint from the roller frames plastic end caps. Normally with a flat paint you can pick-off dried flat wall paint off plastic with your fingernail. I had to use a 5-in-1 and I struggled to remove the dried paint. No joke!

In addition to washing it and its armor-like finish, the paint spreads silky smooth with a brush and rolls like a dream. Simply amazing paint for a $23 price tag. The finish isn't dead flat but has a very low sheen and covers very well. Very nice appearance and a pleasure to spread.

Spraying & Racking

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Spraying Balusters Down
Spraying Trim & Doors
Baluster Spray Rack
Setup Doors to Spray
Split Spindle System
HVLP Dialing in
HVLP Maintenance
HVLP Transfer Efficiency
Clean-n-dip Review
Racking 5 1/2" Baseboard
Racking Trim
Full Sheen Ahead
Corrective Finishes

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How paint increases humidity

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This is just an FYI piece.

The project was to paint one 12x12 room with one coat of paint. I took a humidity reading prior to starting and again when finished. The humidity in the room before I started was 44% so as you can see just how much humidity painting one room with the door open can increase. In just 7 minutes of rolling the walls, the humidity jumped 14%.

Scotch #2015 3 Day

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Here we take a quick look at Scotch #2015 3 Day removal masking tape. This product works fine for the job that takes a few days to complete. I used it for masking off the baseboard for second coat and left the tape on for two days. I used Glidden EVERMORE Super Washable Flat paint and scored the tape prior to pulling it which is necessary when using EVERMORE Super Washable Flat due to its fast curing armor-like finish.

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I taped a room 20x16 and removed the tape fine, mostly in one piece and left a clean painted edge. I would describe the adhesion as medium to high tack and the tape is rather thin. I did however have some trouble with tearing while pulling the tape off the roll, a common characteristic with thin tapes. The edges were fine and no damage or dents on the side of the roll found.

Do it Best Sanding Sealer

IMG_0738bMade by the Sherwin Williams Company, the Do it Best sanding sealer is NOT the same as WOOD CLASSICS FASTDRY SANDING SEALER from Sherwin Williams. While very similar, the Do it Best brand is thinner and not fast dry but dries quickly. Both sand the same.
IMG_0739bLooks the same as WOOD CLASSICS FASTDRY SANDING SEALER but smells different. Personally between the two products, I prefer to spread this vs. WOOD CLASSICS FASTDRY because you have more working time with Do it Best Sanding Sealer. I don't believe the performance of the sealer was degraded even though it is thinner.
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The baseboard on the left has Do it Best Sanding Sealer on it and sanded nice and smooth with a 3M Pro-Pad.

I recommend it! It basically performs the same as any other sanding sealer except Minwax Sanding Sealer.

UPDATE: November 12, 2008
I recently used two gallons of this sanding sealer on poplar trim and I have to admit I like it better than, Sherwin Williams FastDry, Benjamin Moore SuperSpec, ICI Wood Pride Sanding Sealer to name a few. It did not excessively raise the grain and sanded very easily in comparison to other sealers. This sealer is the thinnest of the bunch but performed best overall.

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Do it Best Masking Tape

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Lets take a look at the performance of Do it Best brand masking tape.

The application here is simple, to mask-off the baseboard for second coat of wall paint. The tape was applied over poplar trim finished with a varnish. I cut twice over the tape, once the first day, let dry and a second cut the next morning, let dry 2 hours and pulled the tape. The wall paint used was Glidden EVERMORE Super Washable Flat.

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Thankfully I only used this tape in a few areas to try it out. As you can see on this short piece of trim I was unable to cleanly pull the masking tape without it tearing. The bridging was scored with a blade and still the tape tore easily on both attempts to pull from both ends. The tape did however seal down tight providing a very sharp clean painted edge. This tape has extreme tack and I paid $1.88 for this misery. The mil thickness is not known but I can say you can practically see through it.

Nov 5, 2008

How Do They Do It That Fast?

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From zero to 7' in under 10 seconds. Taken from the clip on YouTube, the video shows cutting-in freehand against a stained casing in under 10 seconds with one load of paint on the brush. So how do they do that you ask?

First off it takes a steady hand but there are a number of things happening in this video that doesn't meet the eye so lets take a closer look at them.

1.) The wood edge of the casing is sanded smooth and varnished
2.) The 1st coat wall paint is sanded smooth next to the casing
3.) The flat wall paint used for 1st coat reduces drag when cutting over it.
4.) The 3" brush used is a precision brush that holds a ton of paint

Can you tape the side of a casing in under 10 secs?

Here is the video

MINWAX Sanding Sealer Pt 2

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I recently posted on the MINWAX Sanding Sealer in October but after preparing for a review on sanding sealers I thought I better leave this one out. This product is not at all like the sanding sealers you are probably used to. I'm not certain I would call this product sanding sealer at all in comparison to all the others.

Here is what you should know about applying this product.

Number one, you need to have smooth bare wood to start because this sealer will not allow you to sand off anything but lint and I'm not joking. The sealer itself doesn't allow you to cut through it but rather sand off anything on the surface and barely at that. So if you have slight rough wood under the sealer, you wont be able to get to it.

IMG_0736a Number two, If you apply this product to poplar trim for example, not only will the poplar soak up the sealer like a sponge but there is no way in hell you will get it baby ass smooth like you can with any other sealer out there. If you ever sanded polyurethane, this is far worst.

The photo above shows Do It Best brand sanding sealer on the baseboard and Minwax sanding sealer on the casing, both sanded. Notice how the baseboard clearly sanded smooth and to a powder where the casing was not.

Number three, call me Caption Obvious but there is something about calling a product "sanding" sealer when you cant sand it.

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Nov 1, 2008

3M Pro-Pad Sanding Sponge

Put down that sandpaper and grab one of these!
3M Pro-PadYou may remember these 3M Pro-Pad Sanding Sponges under a different name, Glit Sanding Pads now with a new name and now made by 3M. When you want flexibility without sacrificing any bite, the 3M flexible Pro-Pads are very effective where other block style pads are not flexible.
IMG_0655The flexibility of the sponge backing help reduce burn-out when sanding hard edges where hard block style pads can burn through the finish quickly and expose bare wood.

More here on sandpaper.

3M Pro-PadThe soft sponge backing is very pliable allowing squeezing into the tightest places. Available in a variety of grit abrasions 60, 80, 100, 150 etc., you can be sure to find the right one for your finish work. Perfect solution for sanding spindles, trim, casing and baseboard and a must for sanding oak trim. When sanding oak trim the sponge helps catches splinters so your fingers don't.

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