It's true. Almost no one likes prepping.It's slow, tedious work that requires manual dexterity, attention to detail and, above all, patience. Unfortunately, as Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig points out, it's also an extremely important component of quality finishwork.
In an effort to make prepping a little less painful, I asked the members of the NaMoPaiMo Facebook group to share their best prepping tips. Today's post is a result of that query.
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2) At the same time you're doing that, take a marker and circle or fill in all the pits and imperfections you need to sand or fix. I'm generally too lazy to do this, but I've found when I DO, I get a lot less angsty by the end of prepping, because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel rather than finding every issue as I go along.
Along these same lines, Laurel Haig cautioned us not to use Sharpie markers while prepping, as they have been known to bleed through primer and paint.
Without exception, everyone agrees that Rio Rondo's carbide scrapers an essential item for anyone who plans to do their own prepping.
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|photo by Karen Gerhardt|
It was also pointed out that cold, winter weather makes priming more difficult. While various indoor options were discussed, I would like to reiterate Anne and Hilary's advice: As long as your model and the primer are roughly the same temperature, it's okay to spray outside and then take everything in to dry. That's much, much safer than spraying chemicals in your house!
I hope these tips have been as helpful to you as they have been to me. If not, there's always Alicia's advise:
Happy Prepuary, everyone!