PaintPRO, Vol. 6, No. 4
July/August 2004

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Other articles in this issue:
Ceramic Paints
Wallcoverings: Back In Style
Tools for Paperhanging
Conversion Varnishes
Estimating, Etc.
Contractor Profile: Coggeshall Artistry
Paint Industry News
Product News
Product Profiles
Painting Tips

PaintPRO Archives — Decoractive Painting Tips

A helpful reminder to everyone who wants
the upper hand on productivity…

Taking shortcuts to speed production can cause serious problems on your jobs. For example, the backside of a can of paint is often overlooked by painters. Anytime you’re concerned with what will work best on a particular surface — or what won’t work — it’s critical to READ THE LABEL. And even when adhesion or climate issues are not a concern, it’s still very important to know what the label says on the products you use. You will find yourself saving time and money when you start educating yourself on all products available.

Case in point — A few years back I did a big home with literally miles of baseboard. The unique stain colors required two coats of stain. In order to speed the topcoat process along, we sprayed all baseboard with a lacquer sealer and then gave them to the carpenters for installation. After puttying nail holes and a light sanding, we turned to the water-based varathane we had used on all other wood surfaces inside the home. But the other wood surfaces did not receive the lacquer sealer. By referencing the label on the varathane, it was determined this particular product would not work as a top coat over the lacquer sealer. And applying a small sample of the varathane on a piece of baseboard proved it was not suitable for this lacquered surface. After reading the label on Deft, it became the product of choice because it offered a brushable finish for this surface. Had we overlooked this limitation with the water-based varathane we would probably have realized the mishap when the carpet installers began their work.

Second case in point — After pressure-washing the exterior of a house for repaint we realized the metal garage door was still giving off a chalky white powder when rubbed with a hand. Concerned that the latex enamel might have trouble bonding to this surface, we read the label on a can of Zinsser 1-2-3, which specifically addressed this concern. The problem was quickly resolved with this coating and very little time was lost.


— PaintPRO Magazine


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