Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Painting Prep Work, or the Avoidance Thereof

This past week and a half I'm sure I've gotten something done on the house, I just can't remember what it is.

Oh, yeah. I've done sample boards with about a thousand permutations and combinations of faux finish paint effects for the stairhall, secured a little more sagging plaster for ditto, slapped on some more joint compound to fill the cracks and gouges in the 1st floor hall walls and ceiling, and exhausted my supply of TSP cleaning the grotty plaster that was exposed around the windows and doorways when I took the trim off, also in the halls, 1st and 2nd floor.

But it doesn't look like a heck of a lot has been accomplished and in a way it hasn't, because mentally I'm putting off the nastiest part of the painting prep work, sanding all that joint compound.

Oh, it took no time at all up on the 2nd floor, using my handy-dandy B&D Mouse sander.

It also sent fine white dust up and down the stairs, mostly up, clogging and nearly breaking my computer printer. I still haven't gotten rid of it all.

Oh, please, I can't face all that dust downstairs, especially not in the kitchen and dining room! And my house is so open, there are no doors downstairs, I'm going to have to put up plastic to block all the openings, and how the heck is it supposed to stay up and that dust will get around it anyway, I just know it will and it will be a disgusting, goshawful mess.

It's got to be done, I know. Sand the joint compound, I mean. Then apply a second coat and sand again.

I'm to the point where I'm thinking of reverting to the wet sanding method and if I wipe away more material than I mean to, I'll live with that.


Anonymous said...

USG Dust Control Mud

Jennifer said...

I've been planning on using what headlemur suggested... it really looks like it is low dust!

Kate H. said...

Oh good grief. The guy who came out in February to patch my kitchen ceiling after the plumber departed used a USG product like that. But all I remembered was that it was lightweight and non-sag. So I got me some other brand of non-sag joint compound . . .

Yeah, I'd better use the right product for the rest of the patching work.

Sandy said...

Couldn't you turn on a Shop Vac while sanding? That might help some.

Glad you liked my "life pie"!

Too bad we don't live closer. I have a brand new printer you could have. It prints, copies, scans and faxes!

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Sandy said...

I'm glad you stopped by and liked that group. I like them because they sing without musical instruments (I'm not sure if I spell a capella correctly - so I say without musical)

Kate H. said...

Sandy, you'd think they'd invent a Mouse sander with a built-in dust-catching device, but so far, no.

Sometimes hand sanding has to do. Doesn't blow the dust all over creation.