Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Painting the Basement, Part 1

I can tell I am an amateur blogger because whenever I have the biggest projects going on in my home I have nothing going on in blog land.  Also, the busier I am the less pictures I take.  I'll have to work on that.

This is how my basement looks today.  Thanks to our friend (Mr. K.) who knows a lot about paint.  I'll walk you through the steps so far.

First, we taped off everything we didn't want paint on like tile, windows etc.
Mr. K has two sprayers that look like this.

One is for oil based products and the other is for water based products.  He first sprayed all the wood work with a lacquer under coater.  This stuff in pricey, like $45 a gallon, his price, but it is a really awesome sealer.  As soon as he finished with the under coater he primed everything.  He used tinted primer where we were applying color.

We waited for this to dry overnight.  Then we lightly sanded everything.  We used a pole sander for the walls and a sanding pad for the wood work and doors.

Then we spackled and caulked all the dings and mistakes. and gave everything a good vacuum

Then Mr. K. came back he brushed a little primer over all of our spackle patches and sprayed a final coat in all the woodwork.

We are letting this cure for 48 hours before we begin taping it all off.  He will paint the ceiling next.