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Simple Hall Way redo. #3: The big slowdown on day 3.

Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 07-11-2012 03:50 AM 5493 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was busy all day but don’t feel like I have much to show for it. I painted the closet. Those suckers are little rooms. It took the better part of 3 hours. I touched up some of the trim work, used the shop light to find flaws in all my paint job. Touched those up as well. I under cut all the door frames, scraped the last bit of junk off the floors and marked my lines.

I rigged up a couple of saw horses in the garage. I put a sturdy deck screw into the closet door then clamped a little housing for the screws onto the horses. I put my daughters old toy rake through the doorknob hole to brace the door. I painted side 1. Removed the rake, flipped the door over braced it with the rake and painted side 2. I thought I’d share the trick but I believe it is becoming fairly common to the experts (not me).

I wanted to start laying tile as soon as I got up this morning. I didn’t even get started till 5:00 PM. I have very little to show for it.

The tiles are 17 and 7/8 inches square. The grout line is 1/4 inch. The hall is 37.5 wide. That’s a pretty substantial gap from the wall if I centered 2 tiles across. I asked my neighbor his opinion (Lays flooring for a living). He said grout to the wall, add baseboard then quarter round. Works for me.

The hinges had layers of paint on them. I threw them into a can of brush cleaner then took them out 2 hours later. The paint pretty much fell off. They are as clean as a whistle. As much as I am opposed to brass, I’m far more opposed to painted and repainted hinges. Warning, this treatment will also take off the brass. Use at your own risk.

And now my rant. I love oil paint! I hate oil paint. It gets sticky too quick but takes forever to dry. I takes even longer to cure. You all probably have had this experience. Oil paint can be dry to the touch but not dry through and through. You grab a touch dry surface and it slides on the still wet underside. Nice puckers form. Sometimes I wait 24 hours to move a piece unless it’s really warm (like in my garage). Anyhow, I have 8 doors to paint. Unless I can get one set up and painted before I go to work in the morning, It will take 2 days each. YUCK!

To top that off, I added the second coat after sunset. Bright lights overhead, bright white door. Guess what critters came to inspect the beautiful white glow. You already know don’t you? After the 4th bug met it’s doom on my hallway door, I decided to close the garage. Ah well, live and learn.

Mark

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.



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posted 07-12-2012 12:40 PM

Day 4: back to work. Hung the finished door and painted another last night. Second coat went on this morning. 6 doors to go. The bond on my first row of tiles is good. Doubt that tonight will be much better. I wish I had a lot more room in the garage. It would be nice to do 6 doors at a time.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-13-2012 03:56 AM

Day 5: Another door painted. This might not be advisable but on this door I started dipping the brush in thinner before dipping it in the paint. It goes a heck of a lot faster and the paint goes further. I’m not having to rework heavy brush marks. I definitely needed the second coat but I used the same technique on the coat. I ended up Painting 2 coats in 4 hours as opposed to 12 hours and I like the results better. I hope I’m not making a critical mistake.

While I was waiting, I ordered the door knobs online. I ended up paying 1/2 as much as I thought I would. Once again I’m hoping I didn’t make a mistake.

I have already said that I had only 8 doors to paint but I might as well go for the whole shooting match. I’m going to paint every door in the house. That will effectively slow down the hallway project but I will be finishing up on one my least favorite chores.

I can’t wait until Saturday. I look forward to making a large hunk of progress again instead of this trickle of after work progress.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-14-2012 03:55 AM

Day 6: Another door half painted and another door mounted with spruced up hardware. 11 doors to go. Yep, I’m counting all of them now. Painting doors is beat down. I’ll try to snap my fingers and make them go away. Snap snap snap. Now my daughter is giving me dirty looks and it didn’t work.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-17-2012 12:56 AM

Mark – very interesting ordeal you are going through. I hear you on the oil. Have you done much work with WB enamel? The paint/stain/protective coatings they put out in water base today are so much better then even 5 years ago. I was always an oil guy, but I’m finding that WB products are almost as good as oil (in some cases, better).

I like your door setup. That is a very good way to tackle painting doors. Good luck.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 07-17-2012 03:28 AM

Howdy Billy,

Thanks for the tip on the WB enamel. Although I’m pretty much committed to this paint for all my trim and doors, I’ll try some on future projects.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-19-2012 06:24 PM

If you want to speed up the oil paint drying add some japan dryer/thinner other wise known as naptha. This is a quicker drying solvent and “gasses off’ the solvents slightly quicker. But I will add…not that much faster.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 07-19-2012 10:24 PM

Woah Gary – Are talking petroleum naptha? If you are, heck yeah that’ll gass off quick. Another name for it is lighter fluid.

Actually, I’m not assuming it’s the same animal but I used to go through gallons of Petroleum Naptha to remove hard stains from upholstery. I’ll look for the naptha there.

Thanks for the lead. I hope I can find it.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-20-2012 05:20 PM

Yes we are talking the same beast. An old timer painter gave me this tip years ago.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 07-20-2012 08:04 PM

Thanks Gary.

I ran out of time last night so I didn’t buy any naptha. I did have time to buy a cutter for my dremel. I practiced coping some of my evil baseboard. Not too bad but I’m still seeing some daylight. Since I only have 4 inside corners, I’m going to say coping is doable.

I put a few images of my attempts on the base board forum topic.

Gary – Thank you for making yourself available! You are an awesome help to me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your advice and wisdom.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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