Archive for November, 2008

Suck Less at Painting #101

November 9, 2008

HowTO: Freehand Cutting against any single edge source.

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We are using a 2.5" angular Benjamin Moore paint brush for this demo. Start by loading the paint brush. It helps to pre-wet the brush with water prior to painting, squeeze or kick it out. This will help keep paint from drying on the brush and will assist with cleaning the brush later. Be sure the brush is loaded about 1.5" up the brush as seen in the photo above.

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Start by applying light pressure on the rim of the can to remove the paint from the right side of the brush but leave about 1/2" to 3/4" of paint as seen in the photo on the left. The photo taken after the paint was removed on the right side of the brush. Click any photo for larger view.

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Your paint brush should look like this on the right side and bottom as seen in the next photo below.

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Paint on right side and a bit on the bottom.

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Flipping the paint brush over, here is the left side with all paint removed from this side because this is the side (edge) that will cut against your source object such as a casing or a ceiling line that you do not want wall paint on.

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Do not paint like this with the paint brush flat against the wall. Also pay attention to how to hold the brush in the photo above.

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Hold the brush like seen in photo and make your first pass above the object. Remember your paint is on the opposite side of the paint brush not the side near the wood.

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Make your next pass cutting-in closer and tight to the wood. If necessary, wipe the brush lightly on the rim of the can before this final pass. The paint you need is already on the wall, Your second pass only needs to move it closer to the wood. You can see the full video from YouTube below.

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Glidden Super Washable Flat

November 8, 2008

This paint is some kind of freak accident.

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The people at ICI Paints must really identify with a need to wash flat paint, because they’ve invented a product that enables you to wipe virtually anything off the walls you can throw on them.

I first wrote about Glidden EVERMORE Super Washable Flat in August of 2007 and have been using it on a regular basis.

This paint impresses me is many ways. First, its flat and you can wash it. It fit into a need for a flat paint that was more durable than any other flat I’ve used in the 25+ years of painting. I splashed a deep red mahogany ‘penetrating wood stain’ on the wall and wiped it off with thinner, this is a flat paint, I should not be able to do that. The walls were new drywall with only 2 coats of this paint on them.

Another very impressive characteristic is how incredibly difficult it was to chip-off dried paint from the roller frames plastic end caps. Normally with a flat paint you can pick-off dried flat wall paint off plastic with your fingernail. I had to use a 5-in-1 and I struggled to remove the dried paint. No joke!

In addition to washing it and its armor-like finish, the paint spreads silky smooth with a brush and rolls like a dream. Simply amazing paint for a $23 price tag. The finish isn’t dead flat but has a very low sheen and covers very well. Very nice appearance and a pleasure to spread.

It’s on! Purdy vs. Wooster

November 8, 2008

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They’re Purdy and Wooster; they must be good, right?

One look at these two brushes will shatter your conceptions about what you hate about painting.

Purdy CLEARCUT vs. WOOSTER PRO CLASSIC Easyflo. Put on your happy face, because if Purdy’s CLEARCUT and Wooster’s Easyflo doesn’t make you want to paint something, then… well… you’re either a hopeless painter or dead.

Review in the works and there will be a winner! Bring it!

REVIEW RESULTS

OK. Had some time – but little time to throw together a tiny review on the results of these two brushes. Before I go and spew out the winner I have to say this was a tough decision. Both brushes have very similar characteristics and their own advantages on their differences but if I had to pack one brush to fly over to an island to do some panting I would take the Purdy Clearcut. Yep, I said it and never thought I would on a Purdy brush for acrylics.

I have to admit, Purdy did their homework on building this brush. I remember having words with Bruce about it and here it is readily available at any Sherwin Williams store, (I’m told).

The Wooster Brush is a bit more firm and while firmness has advantages, firmness can hold you back from doing amazing things with a brush. The Wooster Easy flo held more paint and has a wider footprint while cutting which is a huge advantage for keeping the brush straight cutting freehand.

With all the cutting I did with each brush, the Purdy Clearcut outperformed the Easy flo but not by much. I found the Easy flo to be a slight handicap in comparison but I’m talking from a progressive painting aspect. The average joe wouldn’t know the difference.

Spraying & Racking

November 8, 2008

 
Spraying Balusters Down
Spraying Trim & Doors
Baluster Spray Rack
Setup Doors to Spray
Split Spindle System
HVLP Dialing in
HVLP Maintenance
HVLP Transfer Efficiency
Clean-n-dip Review
Racking 5 1/2" Baseboard
Racking Trim
Full Sheen Ahead
Corrective Finishes

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Rolling, Frames & Covers

November 8, 2008

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Selecting Roller Covers
Roller Covers Explained
Paint with a roller
Pan vs. Bucket Rolling
Trimming Roller Covers
End Cap Trick
Roller Cover Care
Not So Fabulous
Wooster Super Fab
Stop Hitting the Ceiling
Rolling Eggshell Paint
Cover Keeper
When Touch-ups go bad
Poor Mans Cover Keeper
Wooster Polar Bear
Rolling Techniques
Wooster Pro Classic Covers
Rolling Duration Home 
2007 Worst Product Nominee

Also see Brushes

Brushes

November 8, 2008

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Selecting Paint Brushes
Suck Less at Painting #101 
Brush Hype
Brushes Close up
Brushes Close up UPDATED
Purdy Pro-Extra Glide 
Testing Brushes
Flaxen vs. Oregon
Loading a Brush
Wooster ProClassic Plus
Be Faster Cutting Ceilings
Cutting 8′ vs. 16′
Purdy CLEARCUT
Wooster Pro Classic Easyflo
Purdy Black China
Benjamin Moore 65125
Zibra grip-n-glide
Synthetics with Oil
Brush Handle Mod
How do they do it that fast? 

Also see Rolling, Frames & Covers

How paint increases humidity

November 7, 2008

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This is just an FYI piece.

The project was to paint one 12×12 room with one coat of paint. I took a humidity reading prior to starting and again when finished. The humidity in the room before I started was 44% so as you can see just how much humidity painting one room with the door open can increase. In just 7 minutes of rolling the walls, the humidity jumped 14%.

Scotch #2015 3 Day

November 7, 2008

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Here we take a quick look at Scotch #2015 3 Day removal masking tape. This product works fine for the job that takes a few days to complete. I used it for masking off the baseboard for second coat and left the tape on for two days. I used Glidden EVERMORE Super Washable Flat paint and scored the tape prior to pulling it which is necessary when using EVERMORE Super Washable Flat due to its fast curing armor-like finish.

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I taped a room 20×16 and removed the tape fine, mostly in one piece and left a clean painted edge. I would describe the adhesion as medium to high tack and the tape is rather thin. I did however have some trouble with tearing while pulling the tape off the roll, a common characteristic with thin tapes. The edges were fine and no damage or dents on the side of the roll found.

Do it Best Sanding Sealer

November 7, 2008

IMG_0738bMade by the Sherwin Williams Company, the Do it Best sanding sealer is NOT the same as WOOD CLASSICS FASTDRY SANDING SEALER from Sherwin Williams. While very similar, the Do it Best brand is thinner and not fast dry but dries quickly. Both sand the same.

IMG_0739bLooks the same as WOOD CLASSICS FASTDRY SANDING SEALER but smells different. Between the two sanding sealers, I prefer to spread Do it Best  vs. WOOD CLASSICS FASTDRY because you have more working time. I don’t believe the performance of the sealer was degraded even though it is thinner.

IMG_0736aThe baseboard on the left has Do it Best Sanding Sealer on it and sanded nice and smooth with a 3M Pro-Pad.

I recommend it! It basically performs the same as any other sanding sealer except Minwax Sanding Sealer.

UPDATE: November 12, 2008
I recently used two gallons of this sanding sealer on poplar trim and I have to admit I like it better than, Sherwin Williams FastDry, Benjamin Moore SuperSpec, ICI Wood Pride Sanding Sealer to name a few. It did not excessively raise the grain and sanded very easily in comparison to other sealers. This sealer is the thinnest of the bunch but performed best overall.

Do it Best Masking Tape

November 7, 2008

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Lets take a look at the performance of Do it Best brand masking tape.

The application here is simple, to mask-off the baseboard for second coat of wall paint. The tape was applied over poplar trim finished with a varnish. I cut twice over the tape, once the first day, let dry and a second cut the next morning, let dry 2 hours and pulled the tape. The wall paint used was Glidden EVERMORE Super Washable Flat.

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Thankfully I only used this tape in a few areas to try it out. As you can see on this short piece of trim I was unable to cleanly pull the masking tape without it tearing. The bridging was scored with a blade and still the tape tore easily on both attempts to pull from both ends. The tape did however seal down tight providing a very sharp clean painted edge. This tape has extreme tack and I paid $1.88 for this misery. The mil thickness is not known but I can say you can practically see through it.