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Better Spray Paints

Better Spray Paints

Using spray paints today is so different from using them years ago. Years ago you would never have seen someone paint a brass candelabra with an oil-rubbed bronze spray paint. You would never have painted a wooden bath cabinet with a spray--- you would have brushed oil based paint and sanded and painted again.

But spray paints are much more sophisticated today. About three years ago I put a home on the market that had huge mirror doors that took up two walls in a bath area. I loved the mirrors because it made the area bright and open. But they were brass. Perfect in 1978 design but not in 2015. I had all the hardware in the house switched to oil rubbed bronze, so these brass doors just screamed – “I am so out of date”. So we took the doors down. In the garage I cleaned them with a Krud Kutter degreaser, taped them off, and proceeded to spray them with Rust-Oleum Dark Bronze spray paint. This updated the doors completely and cost me less than $35.00 and, only about 2 nights work. If you will get a Rust-Oleum Spray Grip, your job will look so much better because you will have a better grip on your spray can and your finger will not get tired. Rust-Oleum also makes a hammered spray paint that looks good on metal outdoor furniture.

To tell you the truth I had forgotten about the spray-painted doors until someone told me that my old house was up for sale. Being the curious person that I am, I looked at the house on line. As I looked through each photo I thought the house looked good, and then I saw the mirrored doors. He had not changed them out, and the paint still looked good. My $35 paint job had lasted through another sale. So if you’re thinking about updating a ceiling fixture, door knobs, faucets, go for it! A quick spray paint can make a world of difference.

Now to the email…

Question: I have a flat metal roof that meets a shingle roof. The area under the metal roof is getting leaks. I think the leak may be where the two roofs meet. I have had a roofer out and he caulked, but the next big storm…it leaked. I just don’t know what to do. Do you have a suggestion?

Answer: Take out the old caulk and use Through the Roof in the caulk formula. It’s much thicker formula and is guaranteed for 10 years. Don’t stress, this happens with a lot of patio covers. You just need the right product. This is a DIY product, but get someone else to apply it for you, please.

Question: I have a stainless steel sink that has seen better days. I want to keep the sink but I want to make it look as good as it can. There is a worn out spot where the strainer sits, is there anything I can do about that?

Answer: Clean and polish your sink with Sheila Shine. It’s the best polish that will restore the shine that I have ever seen. You might have to use the Sheila Shine weekly to keep that worn sink looking good. For the area around the sink strainer, use a Sinktastic. It fits over the strainer area and will hide the worn out area. Now a word, if you have a sensitivity to smell, instead of Sheila Shine (which has a strong propellant smell) use Howard’s Stainless Steel Cleaner. It has a fresh lemon grass fragrance and still does a great job.

Question: I love when the jeweler cleans my jewelry because it just sparkles. Now I know this is not a hardware question, but do you have a good product?

Answer: I do! It’s called Jewelers Secret. Its pump foam and comes with this soft brush that will get into all the crevices of your jewelry. Pump the foam on your jewelry and start cleaning with the brush. Rinse under clear water.

Question: I have some spongy wood that is around a window sill, and I want to see if there is something I can do before we have to replace the whole sill?

Answer: Use Minwax Wood Hardener and a foam brush. Apply 3 coats