Live Q&A: Scrape once, paint twice
Kevin and Mauro on sooty surfaces, cracked plaster, and mold control
During the Live Q&A last month, host Kevin O’Connor led Insiders on a tour of the work to date at the Brookline mid-century-modern house—beginning outside with a look at the exterior-siding finish work under the direction of professional painter Mauro Henrique. A flood of paint-related questions came in from Insiders during the session, seeking advice on shortcuts or quick and easy ways to coat a surface.
Mauro’s nearly universal answer: “Do it right: Scrape any peeling paint, clean the surface, prime, and apply two top coats.”
Questions describing particular challenges included:
- a Massachusetts Insider who asked whether soot on a painted surface could be covered up with a fresh coat of paint (wash the surface first with warm water and mild soap, then apply two coats of paint)
- a New York Insider who wanted to know the best way to control set time when fixing small cracks in a plaster ceiling (use a product such as Durabond, which comes in multiple set-time formulas; Mauro prefers the 45-minute set-time formula)
- an Illinois Insider looking for suggestions on how to strip the last bits of paint from the bead of a beadboard porch ceiling (brush on a zero-VOC water-based paint stripper such as Smart Strip and use the pointy end of a 5-in-1 tool)
- an Oregon Insider who asked about mold control in the attic (remediate the mold first, then apply antimicrobial paint)
- a Florida Insider who asked about pressure-washing the exterior wood siding of a bungalow to tackle peeling paint (better to scrape the paint, prime, and apply two top coats).
Besides giving personalized answers to Insiders’ questions, the Live Q&As conducted from the job site also offer a great in-progress look at the renovation projects. Check the Insider events page for the January schedule.