Apart from a thread in the welcome section this is my first post here - it may be a bit long and rambling…
I was recently asked to paint a kitchen, but having never tried I suggested to my client that she think of having it sprayed or even better she went to an expert, such as Andy here.
Seems that for some reason my client wants me to do the job, despite me telling her just how little I knew. We have a long history - she has seen my work on her bosses house for the last 20 years and recently I painted their offices - one of the nicest jobs I have ever done. I quoted and was told to add a grand to my price, I was told to take a taxi home at the company’s expense if I worked late and the fridge was filled with all sorts of drinks - even my favourite milk was got in for me (skimmed - that tells you I am advancing in years and girth…)
So, here I am, at the beginning of a learning curve and in need of help.
I have been in the building trade for 30-odd years, never made any money as I tend to spend way too long trying to do things right and keep my customers happy. I used to have a team of guys working for me but for the last 15 years or so have worked alone, slowly heading more towards the painting and maintenance side of things. Doing a job well has always been a priority but being self taught means I may do a lot of bad things well for all I know !
The units are MDF and the reason for the repaint is that 4 of the doors need replacing due to water damage and the replacements are slightly different in colour.
I am proposing to clean the whole thing down with Krud Kutter having removed the handles then sand down with a fine wet and dry paper, then hoover and go over with a tack cloth. Does that sounds about right so far ?
I do not have a dust-free system but may buy the Mirka dust-free pro starter kit to help keep the room somewhat clean.
Then I will mask up as best possible - again, any tips ?
Is there some sort of tool to help apply masking tape ?
The clients are very keen on my using water based paints so I am proposing to prime with Zinsser Bullseye 123. Another sand down to flatten off then on with 2 coats of (I expect) Little Green Intelligent eggshell. I have used floetrol when painting trim and assume it would be a great help when skills and technique may need all the assistance possible.
I guess I’ll be using a few small brushes, but so far only have a couple of tiny and cheap fitch brushes, a Purdy 1" angled brush then on to my usual Purdy’s or a 2" Corona Knight (my favourite brush )
Any suggestions as to what brush sizes it might be worth thinking about getting, and who makes and sells them - I don’t want to be starting a ‘Who makes the best brushes’ battle but am do like to buy a good tool as then it is clearly down to me when things go wrong…!
So, if anyone has a few hours spare and wants to write the definitive ‘How to paint a kitchen for beginners’ guide or of you feel like offering a few tips or pearls of hard-earned wisdom then please help me on my way. You may just want to see how badly I can do the job, so I will try to take a few pictures and make a work in progress thread if I am not too ashamed of how it goes !
Finally, I would like to thank both Andy and Martin Guest who have both already been of great help and assistance, and to all who have posted on this forum already - I have already learned that I know next to nothing and am hoping to improve on that between now and mid January when the job starts…!