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painting 101part II: get painting
by Diana Goodman |
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If you finish and spot brush marks where you started, leave them. Drying paint is sticky; going over it will create even worse brush marks. Subsequent coat(s) will easily take care of these imperfections.

Remove the masking tape BEFORE the paint is fully dry to prevent peeling and hard little edges. Be careful not to let the tape (which has wet paint on it) touch ANYTHING. Throw it away. Leave the newspapers in place until the paint is dry. Meanwhile, rinse out everything painty with warm soapy water. Pour excess paint that's in the tray back into the can; squeeze out the roller/pad for extra paint (use your hands, it's kind of fun.) Now go get a beer.

Paint becomes dry to the touch in a few hours, but doesn't fully harden for as much as 2 weeks, even longer in humidity. Give it at least a few days before doing a second coat.

Leftover paint that you don't want to keep around for emergencies should NOT be washed down the drain. Leave the can out to dry (somewhere away from kids and pets), and/or mix it into something absorbent (kitty litter's pretty good). If there's a lot of paint, try passing it on to someone else, either a friend or the local junior college's theater department's scene shop. Or paint some furniture to match your new wall.

After you've finished your painting project, you will inevitably see an error. No matter what that error may be, it can be solved by the Dukes of Hazard Test™.

Step 1: Leave room.
Step 2: Watch re-run of Dukes of Hazard. (or something similarly stupid).
Step 3: Return to room with eyes closed.
Step 4: Open eyes. You now have five seconds to find the blemish. Can't? Must not be important.


Diana Goodman is an apartment-improvement-a-holic. She's breathed so much spackle dust her lungs look like the photonegative of a coal-miner's. Two walls of her kitchen are light-olive ("Bad Ass") green.


check out these related articles: 
painting 101 part 1: picking paint | the furniture facelift fiasco: reupholstering + refinishing a chair  | minor makeover miracles | handy household tools 

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