Archive for July, 2008

How can I touch-up the paint without having it blister?

You can get really good results by either removing all the paint on the particular area, ie; the face or the stove top, or you can practice the “two P method”. Preparation and Patience. I start by cleaning the area with whatever liquid glass cleaner I have with me. My wife will buy whatever is on sale because she knows that I use it to remove the residue of the stove glass cleaner . Then I use a scotch-brite pad to open the pores of the surface and feather the bare area into the existing painted area. It’s along that edge where the blistering typically occurs. I keep a roll of 2″ blue painters tape on hand and use it to mask any adjacent brass or gold trim or use scraps of sheet metal as shields. I cover carpet and brick too. Any overspray dries prior to floating to the floor and wipes up easily off tile and sealed wood. The key to actually applying the paint is laying down a very slight tack coat followed a few minutes later with another very fine tack coat. If there’s any blistering you’ll need to re-prep and lay down an even finer series of tack coats. I’ll build-up 7 to 10 tack coats prior to feeling comfortable to spray with abandon.

I’ll run hot water over a cold can of spray paint during the winter months to make the chemicals mix better and expand the propellant. I’ll shake the can every 10 seconds or so and feel the can afterwards to make sure its warm. I don’t invert the can and spray until only propellant comes out anymore, I simply lick a finger and wipe the tip clean between each use.