Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION
I hope you can help me with a paint dilemma. I wanted to paint my living/dining room which currently has oil base on it. When I went to get my paint I asked what I would have to do to prepare the walls in order to use latex paint. I was told I had two choices: Go with a primer and then two coats of paint, or sand the wall lightly to take the gloss off and then go with a paint that has the primer built in.
Because it was a large area, I went with the latter and did all the right stuff including washing the wall after. I was told not to skimp on the paint and not to go back and rework any missed area as it dries very quickly. The paint went on beautifully; however, when I went to do the second coat, I saw that in places there were areas where the paint had actually dripped and then stopped midway. It was very noticeable and so discouraging. I then had to scrape it off, patch and redo. I am using a brand new microfibre 10 millimetres roller, the size suggested. I was so frustrated that I stopped painting after one wall. Have you ever come across this before and if so what should I do differently when I get up the courage to finish the rest? Unfortunately, I have another full gallon, so I will have to use it up at this cost. Thanks for your help, Janet
I can feel your frustration because I have found myself in similar situations. Paint quality is often the culprit between a happy paint project and a screaming on the inside moment. If the paint is thin it will run and drip down the wall. If the paint is not adhering to the wall, it will also run down the wall. Paint experts often recommend preparing walls with a Trisodium Phosphate wash before paint, to remove greasy residue caused by cooking and everyday dust. Since you followed the advice given to you by the retailer, why not bring the paint back and talk to them about the issue that you are having. When paint projects work the way they are supposed to, they can be a therapeutic, fun experience. Don’t hesitate to confer with the paint specialist that sold you the paint (remember to bring your receipt with you).
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 20, 2012
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