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1. Matching paint color for brush-ups.

TIP: Use the same paint made by the same manufacturer as used on that surface before.


2. Removing toxic Black mold infestations.

TIP: Use bleach and hydrogen peroxide mixture.


3. Cleaning dried paint from brushes

TIP: Latex/water-based. Soak brush in paint/varnish remover for 15 minutes only.

TIP: Oil-based. Soak brush in lacquer thinner for 1 hour.


4. Removing paint splatters from carpeting.

TIP: Use lacquer thinner, acetone. Caution: First test on splatters in least visible spot.


5. Camouflaging dents in the wall.

TIP: Feather edge compound. Match existing paint texture. Test with various tools.


6. Covering up major damages to headboards and table tops.

TIP; Use colored wax pencils; markers for scratches.

TIP: Apply colored varnish or clear finish.


7.Refinishing guest room furniture.

TIP: Stain bare spots. Touch up varnish or paint finish.

TIP: Clean all wax, polish or grease.


8.Revitalizing furniture in public areas.

TIP: Sand item. Then completely paint or apply new clear finish.


9. Drawing attention away from surfaces/areas in worn condition.

TIP: Paint some areas with accent colors.

TIP: Thoroughly clean surfaces which are worn.


10. Upgrading area’s appearance by creating accent finishes on surfaces.

TIP: Using least used and strongest hue/tint/shade in color scheme, apply a faux design to smallest wall in area.

TIP: Create dado/wainscoting effect by faux finishing part of small wall in area.





1. Matching paint color for touch-ups.

TIP: Same color, with different sheen, will not match when viewing surface from an angle.

TIP; Don’t use a different manufacturer for same color.

TIP: Don’t try to match surfaces which have oxidized or become faded from sunlight or other elements.


2. Removal of toxic Black mold spores.

TIP: Soap and water will not kill mold spores of fungi.

TIP: Hot water will not kill mold spores.


3. Cleaning dried paint from brushes

TIP: Latex/water-based. Do not soak brush in lacquer thinner, or paint remover.

TIP: Oil-based. Do not use soap and water. Do not use paint remover.


4. Removing paint splatters from carpeting.

TIP: Don’t use paint or varnish remover, or volatile solvent.

TIP: Don’t use carpet cleaner.


5. Camouflaging dents in the wall.

TIP: Don’t try to repair/fix area in one application.

TIP: Don’t use products that are incompatible, especially if it is something which can’t be sanded nor smoothed.


6. Covering up major damage to headboards and table tops.

TIP: Don’t re-stain only.

TIP: Don’t apply new finish without first cleaning surface.


7. Refinishing guest room furniture.

TIP: Don’t touch up with brush; use an air brush.

TIP: Don’t skip sanding between finish coats.

TIP: Don’t use “painter” paint rags to dust surface; use tack cloth.

TIP: Don’t apply color only; top coat with clear finish.


8. Revitalizing furniture in public areas.

TIP: Don’t touch up multiple areas. It will show.

TIP: Don’t use bright colors on the majority of surfaces in the area(s).

TIP: Don’t touch up spots which are bare or rusted.


9. Drawing attention away from surfaces/areas in worn condition.

TIP: Don’t use gloss paint materials. Imperfections will look magnified.

TIP: Don’t use incompatible paint products.


10. Upgrading area’s appearance by creating accent finishes on surfaces.

TIP: Don’t use flat, dull finishes.

TIP: Don’t skip on surface preparation.


FINAL TIP: Keep some kind of simple notebook or log – eg. on your hand-held device. Most professional painters and decorators wish that they’d done so in the past. I remember a few projects when it would have saved me valuable time and hassle, if I’d been able to refer back to some notes. Rather than, under stress, try to pick it out of my memory bank.



Painters: Thank you for making it a part of your standard practice

to seek out better, safer and easier ways to do your job.


And, thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

Painting It: Balancing a Painting Budget

When sizing up the expenses for a painting project, what should you ask yourself first?

Normally, you want to know what the final finish products will cost. Reasonable enough, since

they are comparably the most expensive items.


Painting to achieve durability and quality is what establishes the basis for a budget. It’s very simple: you get what you pay for.

TIP: When two gallons of paint are separated by costs greater than half the price, the most expensive is not necessarily the best. Don’t let a paint salesperson tell you differently.


The type of paint. Well, that’s a different story.


A specialized coating, such as acrylic clear coat for protecting wood, may cost $50 a gallon.

A urethane for painting exterior metal could cost up to $125 for the catalyst, base and solvent. A finish that you’ve selected for your garage floor could cost you at least $70 a gallon.


I base the total cost of a painting project on the following things:


  1. total square feet of surface to be painted, and the number of coats of paint.
  2. total linear feet  of moldings, trim, fascias, soffits, etc.
  3. type and number of doors – eg. louvered, flat, recessed paneled.
  4. time in labor for preparation, priming, and finish painting. This can be underestimated!
  5. cost of preparation and painting products and materials.


The cost for paint and materials is a fixed price based on the present market value.


Where money is dramatically lost or saved, labor comes into play.


The time estimated to perform the work is critical to the total quoted price of a job. Usually, this is figured on the total number of “man hours multiplied my dollars-per-hour charge, or as a contracted price per unit.

Example: Painting a door costs $25; painting 10 doors costs $250. To each total, add cost of paint, preparation materials, and necessary supplies.


The labor charge must also be adjusted for the degree of difficulty or the extensiveness of the process. Bottom line: It is “experience” that establishes competitive labor charge or rate.

Example: Refinishing a piece of furniture.

What’s involved: Stripping, then cleaning the surface; using wood filler, process of repeated sanding, application of multiple coats of finish, and waxing.

What can happen: An “inaccurate estimate” in any one of these steps could cost you your entire profit in completing the whole piece.


The inventory for painting tools and supplies can be charged as a fixed monthly expense.

Example: You purchase 10 rolls of masking tape and 25 sheets of sandpaper on average per month. Cost: $40 per month, times 12 months: $500 a year expense. Items such as brushes will be purchased based on use. TIP: Always make allowances for projects which require more.


Productivity is another area which can offset the budget, in a positive or negative way. The quantity of work performed in any given time period can create a profit, cause you a loss,

or allow you just to break even.


“Why so much of a difference,” you might ask? The business model says: By decreasing time in labor, your profits will increase. That’s not true, necessarily.


What happens to that anticipated profit, when a rush job results in poor work and client rejection? You need to redo the job. And, YOU have to foot the bill for materials and labor the second time around.


Typical labor-saving materials, tools and equipment in the painting process.


  1. Airless spray painting for large spaces, or areas such as vertical/horizontal siding.


  1. Airless spray painting for large amount of preinstalled moldings.


  1. Conventional spray equipment to apply oil stain to preinstalled moldings.


  1. Easy-release masking tape to prevent pull-off of existing finish.


  1. Pressurized roller system when painting a lot of walls in one color.


  1. Industrial-grade paint stripper when removing wood finish.


  1. Largest size roller cover you can manage for the specific work to be done.


  1. Plastic sheeting to cover furniture when painting overhead.


All application methods, materials, tools, and equipment serve to save time. The use of a spray finishing system far exceeds the level of productivity of brush and roller work.


Budgeting is all about saving money. And everyone wants to do that.


When quality is your prime concern, however, make sure to save enough money for what is most important.


A TOP TIP: Always shop around for products, materials, supplies, tools, and equipment. Including rentals! Prices can vary between different supply houses – same company.



Thanks, everyone, for staying on-course — and for visiting “Painting with Bob.”


Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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