Fandeck of Features

Paint is Just the Beginning

Trinidadian painter Alister Payne puts his heart and soul into his projects, and shares it with his customers.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

...and Before That

Before you walk the plank, make sure it’s sturdy.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Your questions get action

Brushes evolve to meet your concerns.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Keeping Up With Caulk

Caulk evolves too, and all about Drew.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Palette of Departments

I need to see a man (or woman) about a horse….

A horse of a different coating.
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By Hans Mugler

Now sponsored by FrogTape!
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Keeps Paint Out. Keeps Lines Sharp.®

A closer look at FrogTape.
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By frogtape.com


By Hans Mugler,

Hans Mugler
Publisher

I need to see a man (or woman) about a horse….

So this is different—Jerry and I were talking about what I wanted to write for my PrimeCoat editorial in The Paint Dealer this month. I had a project in mind that I will be starting to work on soon, and felt it was best to talk to our Paint Contractor readers this month to see if they could make some recommendations as to how I can pull it off. If you came to this page looking for Jerry’s Daily Grind editorial, you are stuck with me, but you can find Jerry and his Prime Coat editorial this month in TPD.

About 5 years ago, I bought a very intricate pre-lit horse and carriage display for the huge Christmas display we put in our front and side yard each year. Over the years, the white paint on the horse and carriage has deteriorated considerably due to sitting outside in St. Louis’ winter elements, so my goal this summer is to take the horse and carriage apart, take off the clear lighting, then strip the white paint off of the grapevine as much as possible before repainting it all with much better product than was used by the manufacturer.

My biggest question regarding getting the white paint off is how? I don’t have a blasting machine for stripping, and I can’t use sandpaper because it would take years to finish. Maybe using a wire brush could work, but again, the length of time to brush the entire structure free of paint seems endless, and it might damage the seemingly delicate grapevine that the entire horse and most of the carriage are made out of.

After the old chipped paint is removed, my thoughts are to use an encapsulating primer over the whole thing, followed by a high quality exterior latex, then adding the old and some new lights, and finally reassembling the structures in time for their almost two-month stay in my front yard.

Because we have the best, most responsive readers in the industry, I am reaching out to you all for your suggestions of how I can accomplish this intricate project. I am not a pro painter, just a DIY guy who has gotten pretty good at painting over the many years we have been doing painting projects in our two monthly magazines. Please send your suggestions and comments to my email address at [email protected].

Thank you so much in advance!


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