Saturday, February 05, 2011

A Short Rant

I'm currently working on my hallways doors. More on this in a future post, but a short vent from me today.

To the day I die, I will not understand people that will go to the trouble of painting.....and not remove the doors or at least throw some plastic over them...before slopping on their paint.

Seriously, what's so hard about protecting the woodwork? It would have taken two minutes. Now it's taking me days......

17 comments:

Ranty said...

I've been having the EXACT same thoughts this weekend as I scrub old paint off of my own woodwork!

In my house, I believe someone used a sprayer. There is literally white over-spray on ALL of the trim and baseboards. Crazy.

A COTTAGE REVIVAL said...

I am also in the process of stripping all the hinges, hardware, and 6 layers of wallpaper. I feel the same way...people are lazy!!!

Kate H. said...

Seriously.

Not to mention the short-sighted souls who reason, "Hey, we're putting in carpet over the hardwood floors; we can paint the ceiling without using a drop cloth!"

I used a heat gun to take my PO paint drips off, btw. Then refinisher thereafter.

Kate R said...

You are so entitled to your rant! In this house, I've found splattered or swipes of paint on vinyl flooring, toilet tanks, door hardware, light fixtures & under kitchen cabinets. The one that got to me the most - they were too lazy to move the fridge away from the wall so they painted around it! They rolled all the way up to AND touching the side of the fridge with the paint roller.

Chris said...

I can empathize with this one. Just before they put ours on he market, the PO had the place painted a stark white. The stuff is splashed everywhere in the house. I'll be tacking my bedroom hall soon and this is the biggest problem on the woodwork in that area.

Barbara said...

You have a lot of company! I, too, have had to strip paint slopped on baseboards, doors, floors, hardware -- the list is endless. Don't these people care how their paint jobs look?!?

Karen Anne said...

Painting the hinges, not removing switch plates...

Joanne said...

How about painted hinges!

eggs_gg said...

If its latex paint, you might try using Gorilla Tape to remove the splatter. I have found that with a little heat (hair dryer should work), the tape will pull the paint right off.

Liz said...

Oh man, add me to the list. They painted over everything 4 times! The cabinets and doors were all orriginally stained a dark walnut that was then painted white, green, white and cream. I've been sanding my kitchen cabinets for a few days now and I'm only 25% done. I'm just going to replace the hinges since they also have all for coats of paint on them. Some people are just so lazy&dumb!

Kathy from NJ said...

Just curious, how did those calcium chloride tablets work on the ice dam? This morning on Good Morning America there was a segment on ice dams and they talked about those pellets (which are currently unavailable most places). They suggested that you fill panty hose with the tiny calc chloride pellets used on sidewalks and driveways and place the filled panty hose tubes in the gutter.

Karen Anne said...

Liz,

I had good luck getting paint off hinges by putting the hinges in a glass bowl and letting them soak in some kind of pain remover, what kind exactly escapes my memory. After awhile the paint came right off with a toothbrush. (Wear eye etc.protection.)

Amy said...

This is what my old apartment looked life. Beautiful old moulding, covered in drips of paint. People are so weird.

Omar said...

Oy, that stinks. At least they didn't actually paint the doors. So how you removing the splatters?

StuccoHouse said...

Thanks all for the comments! Look at how many of us have this same problem. Honestly, I will never understand why it's so hard for people to put up a little tape or throw a piece of plastic over a door or floor before they paint.

Liz - Hit the "hardware" label on the side of my blog. There is a post about boiling paint off of hardware. It works really well - you can see photos of the hardware I've de-painted.

Eggs_gg - Interesting tip. I'll wirte more about it in a full post, but my doors essentially have no finish on them anymore. I don't think the take trick would work on them, but I'll keep in mind for other areas.

Omar - I've been using a straight edge razor to scrape each one off individually. It's slow going, but working pretty well. I spent some time tonight trying to get the paint on the hardware side of the door (heaven forbid they just took the door off the hinges)...and for that I've been using Goof Off - again, slow going but it seems to be working.

Bluezette said...

My home has paint spatters over shellac. I've had better luck with a pull scraper than a razor - fewer accidental nicks and multiple spatters removed with each stroke. It usually takes off the paint and the worst of the alligatored shellac with a fairly gentle scraping.

veggiegirl216 said...

Same school of thought that says "Hey! I know! I'll paint OVER LEADED GLASS on the built -ins in the dining room!!!" ......That should be fun to remove:)

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