I just repainted a door today and when looking at it tonight I
discovered a drip in the paint (latex enamel). I'm guessing I cannot
sand the drip until the paint has fully cured (~30 days). Is there some
way I can get rid of the drip now before I do the second coat of paint?
And ... especially if runs/sags/whatever will be visible, take the door
off the hinges, lay it flat on horses, and then paint it.
Another trick is to drive big nails a small distance into the top and
bottom faces of a dismounted door, about as far apart as possible. Then
incline the door as much as possible with whatever else is available to
you. You can then handle the door by the nails, and get the second side
with min delay.
There's a better way, however, than using the leading edge of the
blade. I learned this through fixing paint runs in automotive
Take a single edge blade, and some 1000 grid wet/dry sandpaper. Hole
the blade at a 30 degree or so angle to the paper, and swipe it across
a few times.
What happens is that a burr will develop on the edge on the opposite
side that is touching the paper. Now, take the blade, with the burr
against the paint run, and swipe down, in the OPPOSITE direction of the
sharp edge, so you're pulling towards you. What happens is that the
burr will shave a very slight amount of paint off with each swipe,
instead of cutting the run.
If the burr loses it's edge, just swipe it against the sandpaper a few
more times. Eventually you'll get the run to just disappear into the
Note that however you do it, the paint MUST cure first, otherwise
you'll just have a big goopy mess.
Right on! Wait until it cures, then forget the blades, burrs and
sandpaper. Shave off the drip and touch it up with thinned paint. I
keep a small foam brush handy, moistened with the appropriate solvent,
to catch drips when I spray paint. So much easier.
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