Wooster Silver Tip Brushes

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I recently had an opportunity to try out some Wooster “Silver Tip” brushes. These are affordable, but still decent quality brushes. They hold paint well, cut nice straight lines, and also clean up easy too.


Surfactant Bleeding

“Surfactant Bleeding” also known as “Surfactant Leaching” is a common problem here in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s nothing to be alarmed about. It will not harm the paint job and the problem can be easily be fixed with a quick rinse from a garden hose. Surfactant Bleeding is most common with darker colors on exterior paint jobs. It occurs from the dampness or fog during the night. It will make the surface look oily and shiny. It can also appear in a bathroom that lacks proper ventilation. surfactant bleed

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New Construction Interior Painting System

Here I will discuss one system I often use for interior painting on new construction. Now please keep in mind every job and every situation often is different. On some jobs, this system might be feasable. On others it won’t.

This is a system I use when walls and ceilings are different colors. I will use two different jobs as examples in this post. One job where we finished the trim package along with the painting of walls and ceilings and another where we only did the walls and ceilings. No trim.

Here in the Pacific Northwest most drywall is textured. Most often, a splatter texture. The drywallers will prime before they texture. When I arrive on the job after texture is complete, I prefer to prime again to seal the texture. This is followed by two coats of quality paint.

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We begin with priming, followed by a first coat on ceilings. This particular job was a knockdown texture on both walls and ceilings.

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After first coat on ceilings, we spray first coat of finish on walls. I spray walls vertically, and overlap onto ceiling so the top portion of wall has a solid coat.

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Once the walls have had a chance to dry, I mask off at the top of the wall. This is how I establish a nice clean and straight cut in line.

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After walls have been masked, I seal tape with clear “paintable” caulking. (white will show on many colors)

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I paint over the caulking while it’s still wet and only caulk one area at a time so caulking doesn’t have a chance to dry. It’s also important to run a tight bead and remove any excess. You only want to seal the tape to prevent paint bleed. That’s it.

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As soon as a room or area has been sprayed, I pull masking while paint is still wet.

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We now have a nice clean line at the top.

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Ceilings now have been final coated and walls have first coat of finish. Job is ready for trim carpenter.

Once trim package has been installed, we will mask walls off around trim prior to spraying trim.


Trim package is finished, unmasked, and now we are ready for a final coat on walls. Since walls were first coated before trim was installed a perfect cut in job is now an easy task.

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We cut and roll the final coat throughout the job.


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Accent walls can also be done with the tape and caulk technique.

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The end result is a nice clean looking paint job with crisp lines

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Written by Mike Pope

I am a master Journeyman painter and I have worked in the painting industry since 1983. Thank you for reading, Mike 12345440_499528810206350_5611457983150002494_n (1)

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Lacquered Knotty Pine

Northwest Painting Inc recently completed doing the finish on a knotty pine trim package on a job in Vancouver Washington.

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Knotty Pine lacquer job by Northwest Painting Inc

The job consisted of a new trim package with knotty pine doors, door frames, trim around windows, and baseboards. Product used was Rudd Pre-Catalyzed Satin Lacquer.

Rudd Pre-Cat Lacquer

Two coats of lacquer sanding sealer were applied followed by two coats of satin lacquer

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Rudd Pre-Cat Lacquer

All woodwork was sanded between coats and putty was mixed to match wood tone.

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Colored putty

Walls were primed and first coated before trim installation.

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First coat on walls

After trim was installed, walls were masked off before lacquer was sprayed

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Spraying Rudd Pre-Cat Lacquer

After completion of lacquer, we unmasked and final coat was brushed and rolled on walls. Priming and doing a first coat on walls prior to trim insallation helps to leave a perfect cut in job when complete

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Final coat on walls
Rolling Final coat

We really enjoyed working on this project. The knotty pine has a beautiful and distinct look when finished.

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Lacquered Knotty Pine doors