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All Paint jobs Are Not Created Equal


90 man hours and $400 bucks in sandpaper and we haven’t even started shooting the primer or caulking yet. A good paint job is all in the prep, as you can see here we’ve been giving this grand old lady some love this week. You cant just paint over 90 years of multiple peeling paint jobs on one of these historic houses and a scraper wont faze it. I’ve seen people pay $18-20k for a paint job like this, stay tuned we’ve got 7 great colors going up playing off the colors in the original stained glass windows still present. Oddly enough after first picking the colors we found that our trim choice was exactly the same as what was underneath all those layers of paint. I guess the builder had the same idea about matching the windows.

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  2. By Ginny on Jul 11, 2010 | Reply

    Always enjoy seeing your updates and creativity!
    My father used to torch old paint off of woodwork trim on the house, would that work or is that still too time intensive?

  3. By Tom on Jul 11, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ginny,

    Yea I’ve seen the torch off method used as well but there’s such a big risk for fire damage in my opinion. One ember down in the wall on these old houses and you could have a problem. I’ve seen guys doing it with a bucket of water on standby and not having any problems though, I guess its all about what you feel more comfortable with. Its easy to damage the wood using my method, takes a real steady hand on the grinder not to groove the siding. Thanks for the comment and visiting our site!

  4. By Carolyn on Jul 11, 2010 | Reply

    Love your updates and reading your site. Your finished product is always outstanding! If you ever get the time, I would love a video on how you do your granite. Again, great work!


  5. By Tom on Jul 11, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for the comments Carolyn. I have been meaning to do a “how to” on the granite slab counter install @ $15.00/square foot, will do this time for sure. Anyone with medium DIY skills can pull it off.

  6. By enplaned on Jul 11, 2010 | Reply

    I’m guessing masks are a must while sanding, but do you have to take any other precautions/respect any regulations while sanding, given that some of the old paint may contain lead?

    Looks excellent, as usual. As I’ve said before, can’t wait to see the finished product. I think it’s going to be spectacular. The neighbors should be paying you for the value you’re adding to the hood!

  7. By Plasterers bristol on Jul 14, 2010 | Reply

    You guys have some beautiful propities real estate in america…There so big and spacious….And not all crammed together like they are over here in the uk, i want to move to the states…..Nice blogg…Simon….

  8. By Halbert on Jul 20, 2010 | Reply

    Tom, looks great. Looking forward to the next video!

    Question regarding location of master closets. I can see the appeal of walking from shower into closet to get clean clothes, but how do you ensure that the master closet off of a master bath doesn’t get too humid? Our little 50s-era bath stays damp for hours— even with the window open and the fan running. The towels never dry and start to get funky after a day or two…. what steps do you take to ensure the master closet stays well-ventilated?


  9. By Tom on Jul 21, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Halbert,

    Thanks for the comments. The master walk-in closet has a central A/C duct. That way the air stays dry. I wouldnt think anyone would have a wet towel in there, maybe hanging in the bathroom though. It’s very humid in Texas so everyone has central air conditioning here and it takes moisture out of the air.. The vent fans dont really do much anyway BTW and an open window will just let in 80% humidity in San Antonio anyway so its all about efficient central air/heat.

  10. By Halbert on Jul 21, 2010 | Reply

    Thanks for the clarification, Tom.

    I’m in central California, near the beach. The master bath never seems to dry out, so if our clothes were stored en suite and started to smell like the bath towels, we’d be in a bad way!

  11. By Tom on Jul 22, 2010 | Reply

    Sweet Halbert! We love California. My wife and I moved here to San Antonio from San Diego in 2006. Looking forward to returning real soon. It’s funny how we never even had central air in San Diego, you dont need it. Just open your windows, aaaahhh, the fresh air. I’m not sure why they even make windows that open here in Texas…

  12. By Stu on Feb 2, 2011 | Reply

    Having been a painter for over 30 years, I am surprised to see that you didn’t have the primer tinted to a color closer to the final paint. Pure white is so difficult to cover, tinting the primer saves a ton of time.

  13. By Tom on Feb 5, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Stu,

    Great question. That exterior is 8 colors. With this in mind no need to try and get close to one of the colors. It’s best to use straight white Kilz2 primer not tinted. That way all the cracks and holes stand out killer that need caulk or putty. Pure white works like a canvas on wood siding so you can see what you got. We used 80 gallons total, 2 coats of each color, 2 coats of primer. If I was going budget and only wanted to do one color coat maybe the tint would help. It wouldn’t have saved anytime to tint this job or helped any. Thanks for the comments!

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