I am at my wits' end. I'm an American living in Athens, Greece and I'm
trying to paint my girlfriend's apartment as quickly as possible so I
can move back to the States and get married. All the materials I'm
using are Greek in origin, and I can't really communicate with the
Greeks about what I need, or even be sure about what I need. I have
never painted interior walls in a reinforced concrete structure, and
I'm terrified of making of mistake and having my girlfriend scream at
me when the paint starts blistering and peeling (she's really good at
I started this project a while back and things have gone from bad to
worse. Specifically, how do I prep walls for latex that have been
painted in a stuff called "watercolor" and ceilings painted in "glue"?
I'm sure the terms don't translate properly, but I'll do my best to
describe what's going on. I'll do my best to make it entertaining, and
I could sure use some real advice.
find a local painter, and have them do it, use computer to translate
what you need to a local person, call local us EMBASSY and ask for
so you marrying the screaming gal?
EEEK RUN AWAY IT ONLY GETS WORSE ONCE YOUR MARRIED:(
OK, all of you, thanks a bundle. Har har.
If only I could find out what this pigshit is on the walls, the
translation for this "glue" stuff, I'd be in great shape. Apparently,
it's a paint that comes in a powder and is sold cheap-cheap all over
the country. Lots of ceilings are done with it.
OK, got it. It's this stuff called "calcimine" and no matter what I
do, I've got a cast-iron bitch of a job to deal with, apparently.
Funny how a paint no longer sold in the USA is still current in this
corner of the world 100 years later. When the price is right, who
Unless you are an exceptionally poor, ugly creep with no other chances
you should release her at the edge of the woods. Even if you are
sometimes it is better being alone. Imagine when you have kids and
they are like her? Please remember that even if you don't leave her
the bitch will leave you and take all your money and even money you
haven't earned yet. If you continue down this path you are doomed and
have only yourself to blame.
Good luck from us all, truly,
I'm going to assume that you're exaggerating. Once you get started,
it should only take a day or two? to finish. Surely it won't blister
in that time.
And why does it matter so much if she is moving to the US with you?
Maybe post to a greek newsgroup. Some of them will live in the US now
and will know what these things are, and what is for sale. Others
might be in Greece and will know who to hire.
Real advice seems to be in short supply. Personal advice there is
The embassy might be busy, but there are lots of English speaking
people who live there, with some time to talk. Travel agency,
American Express, bar owned by an American, US Consulate... You could
go to a park with a sign on your chest. The zoo always has lots of
locals, but don't know how many speak English, or know paint.
I did call the US embassy once to find a good hospital, and I visited
another embassy looking for someone to hitchhike with. He suggested
the bulletin board at the University of Mexico, but the vacation
period had already begun, and no one was there. I ended up traveling
with the woman from the group ahead of me at the embassy, who were
trying to get one of the guy's US prescription renewed, or to learn
what it was, in Mexico. Purely platonic. She was grateful, so I
never told her I thought she was unattractive. Other guys liked her
though, especially in Latin America, everyone liked her looks.
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