Two questions regarding a kitchen remodel now under way. There are
several places where someone previously did a lousy job sanding down
drywall joint compound. These places were painted over. What would
be the best solution? I've thought about just sanding the area or
removing the paint first and then sand it, or spread a thin layer of
joint compound over the painted area, sand it nicely, and paint over
The second question deals with removing layers of paint from window
trim. My wife worked long and hard, using paint remover, to get off
several layers of paint from the wood around the window. But there is
still places where there are little spatters of paint that refuses to
budge. We are planning on staining the window to match the new
cabinets. Would sanding the wood with a palm sander now be the thing
to do? If so, what grit paper should I use? Or, since we are
staining the would anyway, would it be necessary to get every speck of
Lightly rough up the paint and skimcoat a repair.
For the windows you need someone to look at them, You can over sand,
undersand, under strip, Prestain is a good idea and stains may need
thinning or double coating, Alot of learning for quality work. Get a
Sand it. Take care not to get down into the paper.
Little spatters of paint should come off with paint remover. If it is
paint in nail holes, put a dab of paint remover on the spot, let it
work, scrub with an old toothbrush or dig it out with a toothpick, wipe
off paint and remover with fine steel wool, wash as directed on paint
remover container. It could be wood filler or spackle applied to dents
or nail holes, in which case you need to cover it as it won't likely
"stain" the same as the wood. You probably could cover the light spots
with paint the color of the medium tone in the wood as it will be when
stained - hobby acrylic or oil paint, mixed by you :o) Then stain and
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