Primed for Success

OK, so back to the Hall of Shame Project…we are getting closer. Time to paint the balusters that have been covered with the drippings from the Minwax Antique Refinisher I used a while back to strip the railings. I don’t know about all of you, but I HATE prep work. The stripping, sanding, tack cloth wiping.. and the prospect of prepping all of those white poles was daunting. 

Then I remembered a product that my design instructor had mentioned: Gripper, By Glidden, this week’s High Five for Friday!

It is an interior/exterior primer, sealer, all-purpose stain killer and bonder for walls, woods, masonry, glass and previously painted metals. If you have a surface to prime, they’ve got it covered. And you don’t even have to sand!!! Just so long as it’s clean and dirt/oil free, you are good to go. OK, I am soooo in. Upon opening the can, I discovered that it is essentially odorless (although it does have all of those “harmful if inhaled warnings”), and the consistency of white school glue.

It glides on easily and smoothly, and leaves a nice, even coat. It even covered all of those brown drip marks on the first try!!

This is DIY magic in a can : ) So if any of you are attempting to complete a major renovation in the next week leading up to Thanksgiving (I know, who is dumb enough to do that?!?) then get to your local big box store and grab some Gripper! And while you’re at it, could you find me someone who will install carpeting in time for Turkey Day? TGIF everyone!! Susan

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  1. Great suggestion!

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  2. I’ve left this peice of wood in my old house alone. It’s still the same hospital green that it was when I moved in. The paint is just gunked on. I’d really love to strip it but stripping around all those ballusters would be a nightmare. Don’t know what to do. I have those same broom handle ballusters too!

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    • Hi! There is some stripper stuff that you paint on and then lay some sort of cloth over it and that
      absorbs all the drips so it is not supposed to be too big of a mess. Otherwise you could use the painter’s tape that has draping attached (I wish I had thought of that!) and hang that over the balusters. Otherwise you can just make a big mess like I did and then paint over it- lol!

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