If the wood is wet…Do not Paint! | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:29

If the wood is wet, don't paint it. The moisture content needs to be under 14 percent which can be checked with a moisture meter. If you paint wet wood, the paint will certainly fail faster than if you painted the wood when it was dry. Painting wet wood will also invalidate the warranty on the paint. What will probably happen is the painters will see that it rained all night and will probably cancel. If they actually show up to paint wet wood, then I'd say you hired the wrong guys. I don't really know that there is a 3-day rule, but it's really common sense that all painters should have. They know the sun needs to come out to speed up the drying and that if it is overcast that it will take longer to dry out. They may also show up to caulk, prep or paint areas that didn't get wet...I will do that sometimes, as it may be a better option than sitting at home waiting.

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Invest in Canvas | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 June 2011 13:10

Do you use cheap plastic drop cloths to protect the floor from paint spatters? At the end of the job, you just roll up the paint-smeared sheets and toss them out. Not great for the environment. Pro painters use canvas drop cloths. Besides being green here a just a few of the benefits of canvas:

Canvas drop cloths are durable, and rip- and puncture-resistant. They lay flat as you walk across them, presenting less of a tripping hazard; seldom, if ever, must you tape canvas to the floor. Canvas also absorbs paint drips, unlike plastic drop cloths that become slippery when spattered with wet paint. You're much less likely to pick up paint on your shoe soles from canvas. Canvas drop cloths can easily be folded around corners and doorways--something that's virtually impossible to do with plastic sheeting. Plus, canvas can be reused countless times. Bet you always felt bad about discarding plastic drop cloths after just one use, but reusing them was messy because the dried paint drips and splatters would flake off and get all over the room. You can buy a canvas runner that measures 4 ft wide x 15 ft long for about $16. It's perfect for lying on the floor against the wall or spreading outdoors over shrubs and flowerbeds along a foundation wall. Go green with canvas!