On Fri, 3 Jun 2011 23:14:49 -0700, "Edward Hennessey"
(couple?? Lots, thank you!!)
<smile> That's so very kind, thank you! <g>Now there you've gone and made me feel all mush! <vbg>
Thanks for the excellent help. I read all this and all a great
education all at once! Thanks. I've never had the need to
paint/strip, etc., so this is new territory and was a bit
intimidating. Dad did give me a couple of pointers before he flew out
of the country but I haven't wanted to bother him for more since he's
got so much on his plate. So thanks much! Much appreciated.
Either you are surrounded by flying monkeys in bell hop suits while
disappearing under a tall, pointed hat or the alarm bells is setting
to fire off at an inopportune moment.
In parting, I recollected and collected a few more mentions.
Anything can be intimidating without experience, so maybe
these will spur you to that:
*Do thorough preparation. Scrape off any fragmenting
covering until the surface is stable. Sand to smooth
any irregularities you don't want to see, to give "tooth"
to a slick surface, to get past any surface "chalking".
*Clean with a light mix of water, ammonia and alcohol
if your surface is dirty. If it is nastily grimy, you will
need a detergent/water/alcohol mix. Alcohol is a solvent
but it is vital to speed drying. Don't saturate bare wood.
Wet wood doesn't paint well. Rinse the wood with water and
alcohol. Let it dry.
*Paint/varnish along a wet line. On a hot day or big things
this is important. If you return to extend finished surface
that has dried to the point your new brushing will disturb
it, you wont like it.
*Don't paint in the hot sun if you can time it otherwise.
Unless you like bubbles.
wrote in messageF:
Here's the midnight oil final amendment.
An appropriate solvent like mineral spirits can be
used as a cleaner, especially after you have sanded a
surface. The benefit of volatile solvents--aside from
what they dissolve or carry away--is that they air dry
pretty quickly. Aqueous solutions , to contrast, can
raise the grain for awhile if the wood gets sopped.
relatives daubing murals in the caves of Lascaux
didn't have to go through all this rigamarole. Wait
a minute. Didn't they have to prospect and trade
for rocks, find rare plants, face fierce beasts and
trade with hostiles just to have a paint box?
Have fun with the project.
I mixed some kerosene with some lacquer thinner in a pickle jag,
drilled a hole in the brush handle (to allow suspending it in the
solution) and hung the brish over night ('till ready for the next
But that reading the label idea is not bad either.
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