Last weekend we painted the stairwell at the office. We could have hired painters, but the interns offered their services and we took them up on it. The project came out quite well. Taping and masking made the results professional looking, but we did run into a few snags. The main problem was the stair treads. We taped all of them, but the paint managed to seep underneath.
We didn't realize it was a problem until everything had dried and the tape had been pulled off. It was only then that we saw the problem. The only solution was to scrape the paint off. We had an old scraper. It was a retractable one which we used to use for windows.
However, it was not flat enough to scrap well as we needed something which would lay almost parallel to the surface. Home Depot had this little $1.50 tool which was perfect for the job. It held a single straight edge razor blade and was flat enough to get underneath the paint without gouging the wood.
Scraping is a pretty good way to get the excess paint off the stair treads. However, it is both time consuming and works only if the treads have been sealed with urethane.
Our next project is the upstair hallway. There will be a lot of trim work so we are evaluating what we we could do to prevent the paint from getting underneath the tape. We'll pass on any new techniques if we find them to be effective. [Permalink]- Scraping Paint