Removing Textured Wall Surface / Saving Touch-up Paints / Laminate Fixes

In Painting Tips, Q&A, Uncategorized on October 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

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How can I remove the rough plaster on my textured walls of my family room?

The problem with applying texture to walls is that it’s like a tattoo. You’re going to have to live with it for a long time and hope you don’t get tired of it. And like a tattoo, it can be removed, but with a lot of difficulty.

You have four choices:
1.    Leave it and live with it, which requires the least amount of physical effort.
2.    Explosives! But remember they’re illegal, as well as dangerous, and it’s getting hard to acquire quality dynamite these days.
3.    Conceal it. There is a product you should be able to find at your paint and wallpaper store called Plaster-in-a-Roll from Flexi-wall Systems. It’s designed to go over cracked plaster, paneling, ceramic tile, block, and ever some textured walls.
4.    Finally, try removing it. It’s not an easy job, but with the William Zinsser’s Company makes a product called Texture-Off, which is available at paint and hardware stores. It works like a paint stripper to remove textured paint from most walls and ceilings. Apply Texture-Off by rolling it on with a thick napped roller, wait two hours and apply a second coat. Let it sit overnight and then the fun starts – scraping it off. It’s a lot of work, but safer than dynamite and easier to get.

How can I save paint for touching up some walls or woodwork at a later date? Mine seems to always be dried up when I go to use it for my touch-ups.

The way I see it, if your house doesn’t need any paint touch-up, then it was just painted within the last three days. I think we all know it’s a good idea to save extra paint for those inevitable nicks and scratches, but have you found that when you go to use the saved paint, it’s dried up and worthless? Well, next time you paint, save the extra paint in one, or all of these ways:

1.    Save some of the paint in an old nail polish bottle that has been cleaned thoroughly with nail polish remover, and then with soap and water. You can use the nailbrush on the cap for small touch-ups.
2.    Allow small, clean bottles, or bottle and brushes to completely dry and pour extra paint in them.
3.    Label the bottles as to which room they are for and whether they are for walls or woodwork.
4.    Saving extra paint in pickling jars is a “dilly” of an idea and they work great.
5.    You can leave the paint in the original can, but if it’s latex paint, don’t store it in the garage or a shed where it will freeze and become ruined.
6.    If you leave the paint in the original can, you can buy plastic paint savers for around a dollar at your paint store.
7.    Make sure the lid is secure and store the paint can upside down to last longer.

My kitchen counter top is scratched and worn is there anyway to restore it short of replacement?

Well if it’s not scratched, don’t itch it! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself there for a moment.

If your kitchen laminated counter top has small scratches and knife cuts that are not very deep, thoroughly clean the surface and then you can temporarily restore the finish by applying an automotive polish such as Nu-Finish or Westley’s. They should shine like a new car.

If you have a small gouge or nick in wood-grain laminate, a temporary patch to fill in the area such as a wood-finishing crayon. The gouge will still be there but won’t be as noticeable.

If your countertop has a burn mark in it that’s making you hot under the collar, oftentimes the whole section can be cut out and a wood or ceramic cutting board can be inserted in its place.

And finally, to avoid these problems in the future, take my wife’s advice and stay out of the kitchen!

  1. OK now I’m saving bottles for my paint. What’s a paint saver? And…upside down?

    • A paint saver is an inexpensive round plastic thingamabob that fits snugly in a partially filled paint can. The saver rests on top of any leftover paint and protects the paint from much of the air that can dry out the paint. Paint savers should be available at many paint stores.

      Thanks for following my blog, Lon

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