07:14AM | 05/14/01
Member Since: 04/05/01
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I will be painting my house this weekend with an oil-based primer over oil paint and then using latex-based paint. I've got a 1940's house with the original paint in most rooms. This is the first time I've used oil-based paint, so I've got some questions.

1. How bad are the fumes?
2. What safety precautions do I need to take?
3. Does putting a few drops of vanilla in the paint actually help? (I'm pretty skeptical about this)
4. Has anyone used paint sprayers with success? My wife thinks that we'll have a lot of paint floating around the room if we use one. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
5. I've got some windows that are painted shut in the living room. What's the best way to get them open. (I won't be painting them right now.)
6. I've got 4 rooms to prime, including the ceilings, 9x11, 11x13, 13x13, 13x17. How long would it take with 2 people per room?

Thanks for your help.



08:16AM | 05/14/01
Member Since: 05/02/01
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Hi Mark,

Are you planning on sanding before you paint? I am getting ready to paint over woodwork in a 1950 house with original paint and my concern is lead paint. I was told NOT to sand, therefore I have been unable to find a primer that sticks to the unsanded glossy surface. How are you handling the situation? What primer did you choose?



08:39AM | 05/14/01
Member Since: 04/05/01
32 lifetime posts

I haven't given any thought to sanding, although all the wood trim will be sanded lightly as I've removed most of it to re-wire and had to fill some holes. I've done fairly extensive patching and I've got a sanding kit to go over the patches, so I could sand all but the textured ceiling if I had to, so there's another question.

As for the lead paint, I found a test kit after quite a bit of looking. I tested all the rooms and luckily didn't have any lead paint. If you can get your hands on one I'd recommend it. I found one at Home Hardware in Ontario, but I've been told that Home Depot should carry them in the states (don't seem to carry them here, though).

Good luck,



11:12AM | 05/25/01
Member Since: 05/16/01
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In order to avoid sanding glossy paint on trim, I have used a chemical "deglosser" that etches the surface. It seems like a weak paint remover, so wear gloves, goggles and provide lots of ventilation. The stuff I used was made by JASCO.

I have also used a primer specifically recommended for glossy surfaces (BIN 1-2-3). It is shellac based, so it drys really fast and seems to stick to anything.

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