Finishing Up Painting a Room Blog #8

by | Painting, Preparation, Tools

We continue with the windows.  We finished sanding, filling holes and vacuuming all the dust off.
Vacuum the baseboard and the flooring.  It’s best to do this, you don’t want dust to get on your paintbrush.

Time to do some Caulking. This really makes a room look finished. Fill all those cracks around the windows, doorways, and baseboards. Use a “clear water base” caulking. When you apply, take your finger and stretch the caulk out and smooth it as flat and nicely as you can.  Carry a damp cloth or paper towels with you.  Rinse the rag or get a clean paper towel. The caulking will come out of the tube white but it will be clear when it dries. Try to keep it thin so when it dries it does not shine through. Any excess can be wiped clean with your rage or paper towel.

But because you already painted the walls and they have not cured yet, using a special tape is a must. Blue tape for DELICATE surfaces.  How to tell what tape is what.  Look at the inside of the tape, it’s either green or orange… usually for delicate surfaces.   This way when you remove this tape it won’t take off your new paint job.  Tape around windows, door jambs. But when it’s time for the flooring, regular blue tape  is good to do on the flooring for the baseboard (white inside)

For paint.  If you don’t know what paint was used on the woodwork then you must prime. Sometimes the paint will peel right off when it dries.  So priming is best.  You won’t have to sand again unless it is new wood.  New wood tends to raise and feel rough when the primer dries. But if you don’t use a primer you can paint over what you have, if you know what paint was used prior.  I love using oil-based paints. But water-based enamels work well too. I found that oil -base dries hard and it’s very washable and it does not chip.  Your paint job will last for years! Two coats is always better! More professional.  The best brushes to use?  Wooster  stubby   The beauty of this brush can be used for oil or water.

After everything has dried use a utility knife and score with the tip down the windows, jambs, etc. to help remove the tape. Use a razor blade to scrape any paint speckles off of them. Wash them the next day. Let that paint get a little hard.

Wait till the next day to put all your tools away. Remove all cloths from the furniture. Place your furniture back. Wait to put your clean light and plug plates back at least 2 or 3days.  But here is a tip: on your outside walls where the air gets in and put insulators on there. They are super inexpensive and just that little bit will save on your heat in the winter! They are made out of foam .