Weekly, expert Dennis Mulder discusses chorus themes, this week: how to paint the living room as effectively as possible?
My girl‘s mother had quit smoking for a year. A great achievement that she and her sister said had to be rewarded. My mother-in-law’s apartment saw yellow from the nicotine and could use a lick of paint. Quite a job, but we were with so many people that it would have been so squeaked. The sister would help, her two children, the sister‘s husband, the girl and me, of course.
Many hands make light work, you might think. My mother-in-law’s apartment looked more like a crowded chicken coop that day. Cousin and cousins were actually just too young to paint, but fortunately kept our little man busy at that time. My girl and her sister were, as far as I‘m concerned, more busy with valves than with the wall allocated to them. I had put my hopes on my brother-in-law. Nicotine makes stubborn stains, so I already saw the mood hang.
Before you take the brush or roller in hand, you need to brush first.
Also make sure you remove and repair any loose parts. The substrate to be painted must always be durable, clean, dry, grease and dust free.
Now you can clean stubborn stains like nicotine stains, but that won’t be enough. The stains pull deep into the wall and eventually come through the paint again.
There are paints on the market that says “Covers at once”, but believe me, this does not apply to the stains that nicotine, moisture and soot leave behind. The moment you apply the paint, they are gone for a while, but before it dries, the stain simply pulls through the applied layer again. Fortunately, as a precaution, I brought a primer.
This insulating primer hides and insulates stains so that they will no longer pass through the final paint layer. An additional advantage is that it dries super fast and you can apply the ‘regular‘ paint over it the same day that covers all at once.
No color difference
First you do the edges with a brush. Dilute the paint you use for this purpose a little, then you will not get a color difference between the edges and the large surfaces. Take a coat roller for the large areas.
Opinions on whether or not to work in jobs are divided. I prefer to paint in jobs.
Either way, make sure you always paint wet in wet, so you always start the new job from the wet previous job, you overlap it a bit. This way you will not see the jobs after drying.
The adhesive primer turned out to be my salvation, because the hope I had established on the sister‘s brother, unlike paint vapors, very quickly flew. He has a nickname since then: the slow brother-in-law!
You can see more about preiron on YouTube at Mulder Makes. There I had a problem with stains from children’s hands with pens, markers and wax crayons.