How-to: Plotting the Knotty Pine Demise

created on: 08/31/08

I did it! A brain dump of everything necessary to complete this project in the most efficient and successful manner gave way to a tidy little To Do list.  This morning I did my research on paint sprayer rental vs. paint sprayer purchase and the decision to purchase won.  The promise of a $50.00 rebate on a $199.00 sprayer enticed me to buy instead of borrow.  I may bemoan this decision, but I knew I would have to rent a sprayer for at least two days @ $66.00 per day.  If this thing works well, I can paint all sorts of things including hundreds of yards of trashy looking peeling painted fence. 

Heres my To-Do List:

1. Clear out room

2. Wash down walls with TSP

3. Take off light plates and outlet plates and tape to cover

4.  Add a tape along the baseboard between the carpet and baseboard.  I want the baseboard to get sprayed

5.  Put drop cloth on carpet right next to first section I'm going to spray

6.  Set up sprayer with water available to dilute primer

7.  Sprayer holds 2 gallons of paint, I will start with 1 gallon to get the hang of it.

I'll be back with a post and photos of the cleared, taped and ready to prime victim

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ModHomeEcTeacher on Sep 02, 2008:

Things went alot better the second time through with the topcoat.  I planned methodically and had everything right at hand.  Keeping the floor covered was difficult as I walked around with sticky feet from the paint.  I set fans up in the room and will be ready to touch up in about 3 hours, then I'll take some photos.

ruajennie on Sep 02, 2008:

Best of luck! I can't wait to see the results!

ModHomeEcTeacher on Sep 02, 2008:


I tried to pretend like the paneling was cool and vintage but the yellow-y tones just made it nauseating.  I wish I did this sooner.

ModHomeEcTeacher on Sep 02, 2008:

Wow!  You said it!  It is really an ordeal.  The airborne paint, the discomfort of the mask, the cleanup.

I'm waiting for primer to dry on the knotholes and then I'm headed into my final phase.  I don't think I would do this again.  There's not enough control of where the paint goes.  I'll post photos soon.


missjess on Sep 02, 2008:

Can't wait to see the results - I'm currently looking to buy a home that has similar paneling in the finished basement. Definitely begging to be painted!

tcarole on Sep 02, 2008:

In addition to putting down a dropcloth, consider sealing off the room entirely.  I learned the hard way that the particles of paint travel quite a bit and made it all the way to the other side of the house to create an ever-so-light but nonetheless difficult to remove layer of paint particles.  Had I sealed off the room entirely, I wouldn't have had that problem. And always wear breathing protection!!!  You don't want that layer of paint particles in your lungs either. 

dewonangus on Aug 31, 2008:

Good Luck ... looking forward to seeing your results!  I think you will be very pleased and wish you had done it sooner.

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