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My Favorite Toxin, or How to Get Paint to Stick to Glossy Surfaces

My Favorite Toxin, or How to Get Paint to Stick to Glossy Surfaces

Anyone who has tried to get paint to stick to a glossy surface knows what a pain in the neck it is. You can sand the surface, which adds to your frustration, mess and muscle aches, but I’d suggest using Wilson Imperial’s Wil-Bond instead. With it, you’ll be able to tone down that glossy disco sheen with a nice eggshell and even get paint to stick to vinyl.

The directions are simple: Saturate a rag with the stuff and wipe down your surface just until the rag grabs. (Rubbing too aggressively could remove the paint entirely.) The Wil-Bond softens the surface–yes, even vinyl–which will make paint stick to it, guaranteed. The only thing to remember is to only treat what you can re-paint in 30 minutes time, because the softened paint will stay that way for about that long.

Visit National Paint Supply to order Wil-Bond or to find a dealer near you.

A final warning: This stuff reeks. It stinks to high heaven. The smell might even make you puke. So use it only with good ventilation. And if you’re really sensitive to chemical smells, I’d suggest using protection such as AOSafety’s Professional Multi-Purpose Respirator. Visit their website to find a store near you that carries them.

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McFly on Jan 09, 2007:

I've used this stuff. It's awesome, but stinks like hell. Also, you'll want to use industrial rubber gloves due to the acetone in this vial concoction.


DIY Maven on Jan 09, 2007:

I'm not sure what the (chemical) difference is between Wil-Bond and liquid sand paper. I do know that all other deglossers are compared to Wil-Bond in their effectiveness. Hope that helps!


sparkie on Jan 08, 2007:

Thanks for the info.  Do you know if this is different than liquid sandpaper? 


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