The previous owners of my place (I just moved in 3 months ago) seem to
have painted a lot of the woodwork with one coat of glossy, over a
previous coat of glossy.
At any rate, when I've been painting walls, then pulling the blue tape,
I end up pulling of huge strips of paint off the woodwork, no matter
what. So now I've got a bunch of woodwork with peeled-paint problems.
What do I do with this - sand it *all* off, prime, paint? Any hints on
how to sand all that area, more efficiently?
You got screwed, they obviously put a cheap coat of latex over a dirty
oil. If you could pull it off that would be great , I suspect your
finger nail will run right through it. It should come off, all of it ,
If tape works great, get duct tape or packing tape. Alcohol is a latex
remover. The trim should then be cleaned sanded and painted, preferably
with a Quality oil paint. You are not in for a fun job.
The only time ive seen paint peel easily in sheets is latex over
unpreped oil, and ive seen to much. Latex to unpreped latex gets a fair
bond as latex is softer more permiable and its chemistry are compatible.
A common problem hacks or cheapo fast fix it home owners make. One that
costs 10x more to fix than to do it right the first time .
when people go to sell their houses they do things like this. cheap new
carpet, cheap new whatever. even worse, some new buyers demand things like
new paint, new carpet, etc... clearly you're likely to get a cheapo job in
but lets say you dont. lets say it was done right. all things being equal
if someone paid someone to do a quality paint job on the house, the owner
expects that money back, or more. then the real estate agent gets a bigger
cut too. cut out the owner markup and the real estate agent's comission and
paint it yourself.
in short, all else being equal, the cost of a house that needs painting +
the cost of painting it = significantly less than the cost of a newly
painted house + peace of mind it was done right + its the color(s) you want.
There's a lot of people out there who want to just move in and have things
passable (like the house were their next apartment), or who really get swayed by
looks. Enough to have the realtors to have the pretty-up crap going for the
house on the market (and thereby themselves).
Although it does depend on the market, especially turnover. The less time
owners tend to spend in a house, the more they want the pretty-up stuff, even if
it's cheap. They won't be doing so much fixing up.
Myself - I say buy as-is, look at potential, and fix up the house yourself.
I agree. The first thing I did when I moved into my fixxer-upper was
have plaster fixed, painted and the floors refinished. Of course,
there are other aspects of the upkeep that I wish had been done by the
previous owner, but overall, I'd rather choose the paint colors etc
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
Amen. The one thing that was done to my place, was the paint. Given
the way that turned out, I'm incredibly glad to have the chance to do
(read: mess up) things the 'right' way me-self.
But, the existing carpet (the place came advertised as "carpet allowance
at closing" which of course disappeared in a huff later) was so badly
stained and shredded, that it probably did hurt them, in terms of
selling value. Not to mention (bringing things full circle) the
laminate floors with paint stains all over them!
this is exactly the sort of thing im talking about. in the real world you
would just bid the house based on what its worth knowing the carpets need to
be replaced. but the agents want to get comission on the carpet, and the
banks just LOVE financing your new carpet for 30 years, and most people dont
look past the payment to realize they're paying 10grand for a new carpet...
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