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Painting with Flexibility – Part II: If that didn’t work, try this:

Every painter learns quickly to have a grab bag of alternate solutions ready. Just in case!


Here is a short list of second solutions that I’ve come up with over the years. Some may work for you. Some may not. NOTE: Some of the original solutions were mandated by someone else – eg. architect’s specs, product manufacturer, contractor, project manager, customer, property owner.

1. What didn’t work: Sanding on uneven surface with sandpaper started to remove too many edges.

What I tried next: Switched to a fine grade of steel wool, also sponge sanding pads. Another option: Pumice powder applied with toothbrushes or paint brushes – stiff bristles.


2. What didn’t work: Had no replacement when spray pump siphon filter went bad.

What I tried next: Used automotive filter for heavy viscosity material. Another option: Piece of cheesecloth – temporarily.


3. What didn’t work: Cleaning oil-based paint from hands, with no paint thinner to clean with.

What I tried next: Vaseline. More options: baby oil, even motor oil. Then, wash skin thoroughly, using mild soap. Also rinse!


4. What didn’t work: Needed to paint something, and didn’t have a brush on site.

What I tried next: A sponge was the best solution. And, I washed it out extra well.


5. What didn’t work: Got paint on a surface that I didn’t intend to coat. It dried. I didn’t want to run risk of damaging surface.

What I tried next: Used non-acetone nail polish remover and a clean cloth.


6. What didn’t work: Multiple coats of paint wouldn’t cover existing color.

What I tried next: Applied coat of high-hiding latex ceiling paint, tinted to closely match chosen color.


7. What didn’t work: Masking tape was left on too long, and wouldn’t come off easily.

What I tried next: Used heat gun to slowly soften the tape’s glue. Let tape cool off. Then tried to gently pull tape off surface. Careful!


8. What didn’t work: Ran out of putty for filling nail holes and cracks.

What I tried next: Used powdered joint compound, mixed to a dry and stiff composition.

By the way, when the alternate solution didn’t work right either, another alternate solution was always sought. Pronto!


More than once, I’ve had to present an alternate solution to the person responsible for making those kinds of final decisions. I’ve tried to deliver a top sales pitch. Often, also a demonstration.


Then, I’ve pushed and maneuvered for a prompt “Go ahead.” Or, another resolution.

Example: “Go back to the original way you were doing it.” (Whatever worked.)


Bottom line: GET IT DONE!


Never hold up the job, or project. Unless you’re ordered to do that! Then? Try to get something in writing.

Examples: E-mail, order change, memo. Just in case you need to back up your “stop gap.” To anyone.


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There’s a crack in everything; that is how light gets in.  Leonard Cohen

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