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handsforasl 07-29-2013 02:56 PM

Tips for painting older laundry room (lots of wires and pipes...)
I would like to repaint the laundry area. It is an awful construction cone orange color and just not very welcoming. Unfortunately, I don't think the remodel will be very easy because the previous owners did an ... interesting ... job of painting it. The house is on slab and the walls are poured concrete. There are many pipes and wires to work around, some of them painted, and some of them not.

I'm not sure what the easiest way to approach the repaint is. I have attached an album of photos. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

Brushjockey 07-29-2013 05:19 PM

Unfortunately, sometimes painting isn't glamorous!

I would think that a weenie roller would come in real handy is smaller and tight spots.
But basically, start at the deepest, hardest to get to spot and work your way out. You'll wear less paint that way..

handsforasl 07-29-2013 05:27 PM


Sounds like I'm in for some fun...

user1007 07-29-2013 05:44 PM

That paint looks to have a fair amount of sheen to it so you will want to try and scruff it up with some fine grit paper. Then use a high bond waterbased primer like Zinsser 123 (I would get the + formula just in case you have some bleeding stains not seen) followed by a couple coats of paint store, not box store, latex/acrylic paint. For a moist laundry room in a basement, semi-gloss might be the way to go if you can stand the sheen.

With a good brush and weenie rollers like BJ suggests I think you will find it goes faster than you think and will certainly look better. As he suggests, work your way out of the room and not into it.

This is actually an application where if you had spray experience it might be worth a try. It is not worth the learning curve for such a small space though if not. It will probably go just as fast with brush and roller.

Obviously you want to spend some time prepping and washing all the wires and pipes down. Again it will just take you time but you could have a muddy looking, poorly adhering mess if you do not take the time.

If you are painting wires and pipes all the same color, make sure you can identify what they are after!

handsforasl 09-17-2013 02:19 PM

Update: I finished today and posted pictures on the "showcase" thread. Thank you for the suggestions! Weenie roller was my friend and it was by no means a glamorous ordeal!

alexjoe 09-18-2013 01:23 PM

That is nice that you have done.

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