Southern Living Decorating Ideas Living Room

Southern Living Decorating Ideas Living Room

Rubbing Down the Surface

Before any paint is applied to the previously painted surfaces they will require rubbing down. This can be done in either of two ways, both of which involve the use of water. The actual rubbing down is done, when the surface has been wetted, with either pumice stone or waterproof sandpaper.

If the pumice stone method is followed, two pieces of stone, one large for the broad surfaces and one quite small for the narrower parts, will be required. Both the pieces should be rubbed to a smooth face before use.

If the sandpaper method is preferred, a medium grade of waterproof sandpaper, say No. 1, is suitable. Both methods have their advocates, but sandpaper has the advantage that it can be bent into a curved shape to fit rounded or hollowed mouldings and quirks.

The reasons for rubbing down are several. One is that it ensures that all traces of dirt or grease are removed, another is that it produces a perfectly smooth surface, and a third is that it removes any gloss there may be on the old paint, and thus provides a satisfactory foundation for the new.

A careful examination will sometimes reveal that in some of the quirks or hollows of the mouldings, and particularly where the lower end of a panel meets the mould, there may be an accumulation of old wrinkled paint. This should be very carefully removed with the point of a knife and/or with the edge of a folded piece of sandpaper.

As soon as each portion of the woodwork has been rubbed down, it should be thoroughly swilled down with clean water, so as to remove all the sludge created and leave the surface perfectly clean and free from grit. The work must then be allowed to become perfectly dry, after which painting can proceed.

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