Hands down the least expensive way to
make a change around the house is paint. It can take a so –so
house and with the right colors make it the “star” of the block.
So when you are picking out paint how do you know what paint to
use? If you believe the label, “it’s lifetime”, “self
priming”, etc…but remember , it’s their label…and they can
put on the can whatever they want. That happened to me a long long
time ago when I was much younger. A paint company came in our lumber
yards and wanted me to put in their paint line. And I asked him how
long the warranty on the paint was. He looked at me as asked “how
long do you want it to be”…”we can put anything on the label.”
Well needless to say we didn’t put in that paint line. For San
Coronado paint is the best for the area. Coronado
is great for Houston also. Coronado is made from a
formulation that was originally
Negley Paint Company. The
chemist made sure that
Negley Paint could withstand all the
differences in temperature that we have in San Antonio, along with
the extreme humidity. When
Coronado bought Negley they
were smart enough to keep the formula and that’s why we love
Coronado Paint. A customer came in a couple of months ago and
said she was having trouble with her paint on the west side of her
home. It was peeling. She wanted to know what she could do about
it. I asked her when did she paint the house. In 1972! That has
been 42 years. We sold her
Peel Stop, to stop the peeling on
that side of the house and then another gallon of
Peel Stop is a new item for us and does something that I have
never seen a primer do. It will stop peeling paint. It’s a clear
primer and if you have some peeling paint, just sand off the flakey
paint and then prime all over with the
Peel Stop. Peel
is water based and low odor. Used by professionals to glue
down peeling paint and extend the life of the paint. It will glue
down the edges of cracked paint. Just remember preparation is real
important when you do decide to paint. If you are painting outside
you need to clean the surface. You can use
Jomax. Prime any
bare wood. Then use 2 coats of the best paint you can get. You
always want to make sure you use 2 coats. I prefer to brush and roll
on the paint because it goes on thicker. Last of all use a good
caulk for around the windows and doors. Cheap caulk will crack and
dry out. I like
Big Stretch, it stretches, it’s paintable
and is water cleanup. Well that’s about it for painting…you
should be a expert now…if you have any questions call me or Trudy
at the store in San Antonio.
Now to the email….
Question: My son is a new driver. And
we let him park his car in the garage. However since he is a new
driver, he is not great at knowing when to stop in the garage and has
hit my workbench a couple of times. Besides that tennis ball that
hangs from the ceiling….is there another way to gently show him
when to put the brakes on.
Answer: There is a real simple item
Parking Target. Just clean the area where you want
to put it and then stick it down. You can use 1, and when the tire
nudges it he will know to stop.
Question: I have to replace a faucet
outside on the house. My Mom lives with us and she says that it’s
hard on her hands when she has to twist and twist to turn the faucet
off and on. Is there a faucet that is easier to operate?
Answer: How many times did I hear that
until I found a faucet that was a simple quarter turn off or on? We
carry them now and another benefit is that there is no washer to wear
out. It’s a ball cut off. It’s really the kind to use so that
you have no maintenance.
Question: Hey Johnnie when you were in
Houston at the show, you talked about your favorite dip mix…I
wanted to know what the name is?
Answer: My favorite dip is Chipotle
made by Wind and Willow…it’s on our website now!