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Old 12-05-2006, 04:54 PM   #16
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I would go with zinssers bullseye 123 for primer. After you prime feel the walls. Are the smooth. If not lightly screen. Meaning just a quick sweep (zipzap). Then paint any color you want. I personally would go with a eggshell. Finally the wood trim. Follow everything slickshift said. Oh i forgot. If your going with a two tone look. Meaning rich color on walls white trim. I would go with a oilbase for trim only to make it pop. Unless slickshift disagrees with me then i wouldn't do that. Finally i bought a hand held screen when i did my bathroom it was like 4.99 not expensive at all. Bullseye 123 primer dries quick. Let me say it again go with the zinssers bulleyes 123 for primer you can get at any home inprovement store. Then go over to bm or sw and get the paint.

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Old 12-10-2006, 11:31 PM   #17
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I am not a professional painter, but I have done a lot of painting over the years as a homeowner, quite successfully. I really like ICI paints.
The paint handles and covers well, and it is reasonably priced. I used to like Benjamin Moore, but think the quality has gone down and it is a little overpriced for the quality.
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Thanks guys for all your help. I'm getting ready to buy all the products and paint.

Since I'm using latex, what kind of brush should I get? I want to get some Purdy's because I'd like to keep them around for a while. The various types of bristles has me a bit confused. I'd like to get a 2" or 2.5" angled brush and a regular brush. What size do you think would be a good workhouse straight bristle brush?

Also, what type of caulking should I get and I'm a bit embarrased to ask, but...where do I use the caulk? Between the base trim and wall if there are any gaps?

Again, thanks for all your help.
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You can't go wrong with the purdy "blue bristle" brushes.

I suggested a 2" sash. It's small but being inexperienced, it will allow you make straight lines where the walls meet the ceiling. The workhorse would be a 3" or 2 1/2".

Caulk where the windows, doors and base moulding meet the walls. Cut a small, angled hole at the tip of the tube making sure it's a clean cut.

Get a bucket of water and a rag, keep the rag damp to wipe the excess. Try to level the caulk, this will give you more of a 90degree corner which will make it easier to cut your lines later on.
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Old 12-12-2006, 04:52 PM   #20
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Joe,

what do you mean by the 'blue bristles.' is that a 'pro-extra' or an XL?
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Pro Extra are the blue bristle. XL's are great too. Maybe the blue bristle for cutting in and a xl for the workhorse.

Sherwin/Williams bought Purdy and your best prices can be found at S/W.

http://www.purdycorp.com/catalog/brushes/
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joewho, slickshift, et al.,

I just wanted to thank you for all your advice. It took me a while and with the help of my father and brother for one weekend, we finally finished painting.

I definitely have respect for all painters. It is hard work and the skill required to make the finished product even seem 'average' is immense.

As for my experiences, I ended up priming everything in site. I simply had to. I also had to caulk a lot more than I anticipated, however, I am glad I did the caulking. It really looked good.

I used Ben Moore paints exclusively and must admit, they are a good paint. I'm not sure why, but some rooms required 3 coats in addition to the primer.

Lasty, thanks for the tips on the brushed, etc. You simply can't cut a straight line with a crappy brush. I now have two paint staples, a Purdy 2'' angle and a Wooster sherlock.

Thanks again guys.

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