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Melania

Very useful article, thank you

   
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CertaPro Painters of the Great Valley

Great article. We provide the amount of detail that the article suggests and we follow the procedures recommended!

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halbanes

Re Prep prior to painting. When I rag rolled (oil based paints and 3 colors of BM tone on tone) a Living / Dining L with 6 walls, with stairs up and down, it took me 3 months working evenings and weekends and probably 80% of the time was prep. (I never did finish the stair walls; had them painted 18 years later when I sold the house.) Sent out the drapes for cleaning and storage while I did the project. (The dry cleaner lost one pair - another problem all together.) Washed the walls by hand with rags using a special wall wash product (forget brand), spackled and sanded hundreds of imperfections. Used many rolls of blue tape. Thousands of hops off and onto a low parson's table I used to reach the upper parts of the walls; moved lamps around so I could see at night. Stored brushes, rags, pans, and rollers in the freezer, to avoid nightly oil based paint clean up. Happy to trash it all when finished.

I had general contractors who did home renovations later assure me that my finished walls were high end wallpaper!

I told everyone I would not do that job again unless I would be paid a minimum of $10,000 - and that was one room in 1986.

I have never painted another lick since that job. I truly learned appreciation for the time and effort required for a professionally prepared wall.

That gorgeous room did help me obtain 9 escalating contract offers when I sold the house. So fine prep and paint jobs are truly worth the time and money expended - because they hold up in the end.

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