Primer Not Sticking? Don’t Worry.

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Did you paint an antique dresser, making it look new and beautiful, only to see that the primer is chipping the next day?  Don’t worry- it’s not the end of the world, and you don’t need to sand off ALL of the hard work you did, and start over; you just need to be patient.

Of course, clearing the surface of dirt, chipped paint, grime, oil, etc. will help the primer stick to the surface of the furniture (you can even sand it down with 80-100 grit sandpaper to ensure the surface is clean of debris).  But once you have a smooth, clean surface, you can apply your coat(s) of primer.

You get up the next day, eager to see your beautiful work, when you notice the paint chipping, cracking, and peeling off like a sticker; what do you do?  As stated before, you only need to be patient.  Even though it does state on the product information that it takes around 40 minutes for it to dry enough for it to be touched, it takes about seven days to fully harden. If you do find that the primer is chipping, or peeling, simply fix that little area, instead of re-doing everything.

Did you say a WEEK?  Yes, it does take a week, but don’t worry- you don’t have to wait a week before applying a second coat.  Usually the primer is ready for that next coat in about an hour, and will continue to harden even though there are globs of paint on top of it.

See- it’s simple, and nothing to panic over.

Proper Disposal of Paint and Florecent Lights

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For many of us, green living is becoming the common goal. Within our households, we strive to make environmentally-friendly choices. So why, with all of this concentrated effort at healthiness, do our garages continue to be toxic waste sites? Being in the Painting business, I find myself in garages on a daily basis, and have come to learn ways to help.
Some of the most common problems are how to dispose of old paint and fluorescent lights; luckily both of these issues can be solved at your local Home Depot.  Recently, environmental laws have changed that greatly simplify disposing of all paints.  When you purchase these items, you’ll notice a charge for disposing hazardous waste. This fee enables you to bring old latex paints into the store that are no longer useful, and at no cost! Actually, all stores that sell paints must also accept returns of the product. If you have any questions, or wonder if your materials are compliant to be returned, contact me and I’ll guide you through the process.
There is another way to dispose of your paint that can also help your local community; charities and non-profits always have projects going on that require paint, and are willing to accept donations. Should you wish to donate your unwanted paints, feel free to reach out to any in your area; chances are, they’ll even come pick it up from you!
Another product you should dispose of properly are fluorescent lights, especially because they contain hazardous Mercury. I’m happy to say that I tested Home Depot’s return policy yesterday, and they accepted my discarded lights with a smile and no questions- how’s that for service

DIY-Crackle Finish

The current trend is to have your new possessions not look new, but rather give the impression they have  “been through the ringer” a couple times. One effect that can achieve this look is called the Crackle Finish. This technique is perfect for furniture and hardwood items. There are, of course, things you can buy that create a crackle in the paint, but this method is not only a little faster and quite a bit cheaper, it delivers the exact same result! The only things you need are two different colors of paint and some Elmer’s Glue (the Elmer’s website recommends Elmer’s Wood Glue, but the regular white glue works just as well).

STEP 1) Paint the piece with the first color (basecoat), and let it dry thoroughly.

STEP 2) Brush on a coating of Elmer’s Glue. If you would like larger crack showing the basecoat, use larger quantities of glue, yet if you would like smaller, finer cracks, you’ll want to use a thin coating of Elmer’s.

   

STEP 3) While the glue is still tacky and sticky, brush on the other color of paint (topcoat). Do NOT wait for the glue to completely dry! If you do, the only effect you’ll have on your table is a somewhat bumpy topcoat.

STEP 4) Let the topcoat dry completely.

STEP 5) Enjoy your new/old-looking piece of furniture.

You may be asking- What colors should I use? That is a wonderful question, and it is completely up to you. It depends on the effect you would like to create; if you would like to make something bold, possibly use a red basecoat with a black topcoat. If you would like a more natural, and more subtle, appearance, use a Mint Green basecoat with an Off White topcoat. This is where you get to use your creativity, and HAVE FUN!