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Corcoran1 04-05-2008 04:56 PM

Any advice on painting this room?
Hello all!
I have been helped by this board so much and now I'm back with another question. The painter I hired to paint the ceiling flaked out on me and didn't show, so I've decided to try it myself. It's painted pink right now with wood beams that are stained black. I just want it all white, even the beams. I have been told that the pink paint is oil based, but plan on testing it to make sure. How much do I have to sand? What kind of primer should I use? What kind of paint? I know there will be a lot of prep work, which is fine, i just want to make sure I do it right. Here's a picture to tell you what I'm dealing with. Thanks for any advice. Thanks!

sirwired 04-05-2008 05:20 PM

Scuff-sand everything, remove the sanding dust, put on a layer of a bonding water-base primer, such as SW PrepRite Pro Block, or an oil-base primer. Then you are good to topcoat with the quality paint of your choice.


Sir MixAlot 04-05-2008 06:12 PM

For the cut in, maybe get some 2" blue 3m easy release tape for the wood. When your doing the cut in, load the paint on the brush and don't start directlely next to the trim. Stay about 2" out and start applying the paint in 2' long strokes, slowly working the bead of paint towards the trim. This will eliminate the paint from puddling up next to the trim and getting all over it.
Hopefully this rant will make sense.:huh:

Corcoran1 04-05-2008 06:26 PM

OK, when you say scruff sand, is that just a light sanding? I have a hand held "mouse" sander that I've been using, I just want to make sure I'm sanding enough.

Sir M-A-L: I think I get what you are saying there. I'll pass this info on to my helper as well! Thank you!

sirwired 04-05-2008 07:56 PM

"Scuff-sand" means to just rough-up the surface to give it some "tooth" for the primer you are going to apply. This will enhance adhesion, especially on those beams. You are not looking for wholesale paint removal here.


slickshift 04-05-2008 09:14 PM

Scuff sand and dust (quick sanding)
Oil-based (alkyd) primer (not Kilz, use Zinsser, Ben Moore, or Sherwin Williams)
Top coats of your choice, preferably a premium line by BM, SW, Pittsburgh, California, Etc...)

Corcoran1 04-10-2008 04:14 PM


I did the alcohol test on the pink part of the wall/ceiling before I started painting (the wood has been sanded already, though) and it's not oil based. So I need advice now on what kind of a primer I should get to go over all of this. Can I use a water based one now? Are Zinsser primers any good?

slickshift 04-10-2008 10:08 PM

You'll still need oil primer
It's not the white part that the issue, it's the wood part

Zinsser's primers are great
BUT they tend to tout everything as a "primer for everything"
That's not accurate

You need Zinsser's oil-based "Cover-Stain" for this
And the black parts may need two coats
It'll know after one

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