Can I use latex paint over oil based paint?
Yes. First, scuff sand the glossy surfaces, making sure to remove any flaking or loose paint. Then clean the surface well to remove all dirt and contaminates. If bare surfaces are showing, apply primer. Then apply the latex paint.
Why and when do you prime a surface?
Primer is needed to seal the surface and cover any imperfections on wood, masonry, plaster, or drywall. Priming is also required when applying a lighter color paint over a darker color. Primer also stops stains from ink, crayon, grease, rust, smoke, water deposits, and designs from old wallpaper from bleeding through to the topcoat of paint.
Can I paint my laminate cabinets?
Yes. Sand the surface and wash with TSP (trisodium phosphate) to remove and dirt and residue Let dry completely. Use a good bonding primer like Seal grip 17-921 or UMA. Then you can apply two coats of latex paint. We suggest a semi gloss or gloss.
Do I need to clean my paint brush if I am only taking a short break from painting?
No. Simply wrap your paintbrush tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Your brush will stay moist for up to an hour. You can treat your paint tray the same way.
Can I paint ceramic tile, glass, or similar slick wall surfaces?
Yes. You MUST use UMA primer. The surface must first be cleaned with TSP or a similar product to remove any dirt, grease, wax, oils, or other contaminates. Using an etching cream, or scuff sanding the surface profile using 325 silicon grit sand paper, will increase the surface profile and give better “tooth” for the paint to adhere to. Remove old caulking prior to painting. The UMA primer can be applied by brush, roller, or sprayer. The surface may then be top coated with your choice of interior or exterior latex paint, or an alkyd in any sheen.
I have mildew on my walls. What do I do?
First, determine if it is mildew or dirt. Apply a drop of 5% sodium hypoclorite bleach. If it is mildew, it will bleach out in 1 to 2 minutes. To remove mildew, scrub the area with a solution of 1 quart household bleach mixed with 3 quarts warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes, then rinse with clean water. After all the mildew is removed, and the surface is dry, apply a stain blocking primer such as Seal Grip 17-921. Once the primer has cured, you are ready to apply a topcoat.
How can I remove old wallpaper and border?
The type of wallpaper you have will determine how difficult of a task you will have. Find a loose edge and begin peeling the paper off. The newer types of paper will simply peel off with no fuss. A vinyl type paper will require more work. The printed surface image may come off easily leaving the paper backing still adhered to the wall. To safely remove this type of paper from the wall, you will need a few supplies. First, you will need a tool to scrape the paper from the wall. A broad putty knife works well. To speed up the process you will need to score the paper. We suggest using Zinnsser’s Paper Tiger. After the surface is scored apply a liquid remover such as “DIF”. A solution of warm water mixed with liquid fabric softener will work too. Let the surface soak for about 15 minutes. Gently scrape the paper off the wall. Additional saturation of the surface with the liquid remover may be needed in order to remove all of the paper. Once all of the paper has been removed, wash your walls with a mild detergent. Fill any holes with spackle and sand lightly. You are now ready to prime your walls before painting or applying new wallpaper.
Can I install ceramic tile over wood flooring or wood sub-floors?
No. A flexing floor will cause cracks in the grout and may cause the tile to break. The sub-floor must be sound enough to support tile, no less than 1 inch thick. It is best to use a cement fiber board underlayment to cover unevenness or damaged floors before laying tile.