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Seeing Stripes

June 23, 2009

When I started painting what we lovingly call “Donald’s Room,” I did not realize the effort that would be necessary when painting over stripes. I got to this point when it hit me that this was going to be a slightly more difficult project:

The edges of the stripes are slightly raised! To the best of my knowledge, there are two ways to attack this situation:

1. For the majority of the wall, I opted to sand the edges of the stripes to be even with the wall. Upon painting the wall, this worked brilliantly.

2. A couple of my stripes started to peel off. I peeled them back until I thought they would not come off on their own, ensuring that there were no flapping edges with a razor. I, then, applied Spackle to the edges of the stripes, and sanded when it dried. This could have been done to all the edges.

While it may be possible to put extra coats of paint on the wall to disguise the stripes, I was unwilling to chance it. Nothing is worse than being able to see the prior design through your current plan!


06/21/09 Update:

If you are painting over stripes, it may be worth your while to go ahead and break out the primer. In my case, the main wall was a flat paint and the stripes were eggshell. Even after two coats, the sheen was quite noticeable. Save yourself the agony of having to paint 4 coats like me and start with the primer! If you have the paint store folks color your primer to match the paint, then you can probably get away with one coat of primer and one coat of paint.

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