Here's one that's been bugging me for a while.
When I paint a room, I cut in the edges and corners with a brush. The
edges always look streaky and discolored compared to the rest of the
Using name brand paint and a narrow high-dollar brush. I'm not saying
which paint because someone will inevitably say, "Well there's your
problem right there... Brand XXX paint is no good. Get brand YYY."
You've got this beautiful roller texture up to about 1" from the edge,
then spooge. Even cutting in with 5-6 coats vs. 1-2 with the roller on
the rest of the wall.
I've seen this problem on my current home but none of
the previous houses I have owned. Especially at the
I think it's either:
1. Accumulated dirt/dust in the corners staining the
fresh paint. And/or:
2. Something to do with the materials/technique used
on the drywall. Something leaching through?
1. Wiping down any surface dust/dirt before painting
pay particular attention to those corners.
2. Apply a initial coat of paint, just to the corners,
and let that cure fully before proceeding.
3. In the most extreme cases, apply a coat of Kilz in
the corners before painting. If that doesn't fix
I think you have to consider the possibility that
your brushwork is less than perfect ;-)
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
On Wed, 4 Feb 2009 21:13:34 +0000 (UTC), "SteveBell"
Two good points you made here. Both excellent.
- load the brush
- plenty of paint on the roller.
The brush has a "cup" at the metal band and handle, just at the
fibers. Many people dip into the paint and wipe if off on the side of
the container. That unloads the brush.
Over working a roller in the pan or on the wall is also a problem.
(I say, let's get the paint on the wall first, make it look pretty in
a few minutes.)
That is hilarious. My wife is 5'0". Whenever I want to hide ANYTHING from
her, I just put it above eye level. I could sit a pinata on top of the
fridge, and she'd NEVER notice it. And I've told her that I hide things up.
Stereotypes - gender or otherwise - allow you to see the forest instead of a
million individual trees.
If you ask a typical female to describe a "sensuous" experience, high on the
list will be a bubble-bath with enough incense and candles to make one think
the tub was a religious shrine.
Ask a man the same thing, and he'll say a hunting trip in the woods with no
bathing and shaving (or even changing clothes) for a week.
Women are fundamentally CLEAN creatures; Men are genetically dirty, smelly
There are exceptions, such as happily married men.
Paint pads work pretty good for "cutting in" too, as do foam corner
rollers (not so good for edging to the ceiling)
When we did the last painting at our place we used an edger pad, which
left about 1/16 to 1/8" unpainted next to the (popcorn textured)
ceiling - then I just went around with an artist's brush (polyester
watercolour brush, not sable) and finished it up. When it was all dry
you couldn't see it at all.
Reminds me of a tip:
If at all possible, select the target color from the vast selection of spray
paints at the box store. Spray some on a (free) wooden store-proved
paint-stirring stick. Give the stick to the clerk and ask for some gallons
of paint to match.
Thereafter, when some touch-up is necessary, it's a simple matter to shake
and squirt rather than all the fussing necessary with congealed paint,
another trip to the paint store, brushes, clean-up etc.
No need to go to all of that trouble...just choose a paint, any kind:
latex, alkyd, gloss, flat. Buy a Preval sprayer, cost about $4. The
sprayer comes as a kit, and additional air cannisters can be purchased.
The jar is 8 oz. and comes with a separate lid for storing paint. Nice
for finer work, like louvers, and for craft projects. Need to thin
paint slightly to use in the sprayer. I used the Preval when I
repainted a very old range hood - Rustoleum enamel, looks like new.
Painted in place, with a little bit of aluminum foil and plastic to
shield the surrounding cabinets.
On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 10:11:10 -0500, " email@example.com"
For half the cost of the air cans to do a relatively small job you
can buy a cheap compressor and a decent airbrush. The preval is/was a
dissapointment. Ofter putting about 2 or 3 cans of propellant through
it I bought a cheap Badger hobby airbrush and a fitting to connect it
to a tire. Used my set of snow-tires for most of an afternoon's detail
I now have a compressor with a 15 gallon tank, and a Princess Auto
(kinda like Northern Tool) touchup gun. Painted all my shutters, the
front door, and the garage door this past summer.
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