Here's some paint additive and prep advice from home improvement gurus Heidi Baker and Eden Jarrin of Be Jane.
We posed our most perplexing paint questions to Heidi Baker and Eden Jarrin of Be Jane. These savvy DIYers dish out projects, products, news, and more advice at their Web site, www.bejane.com.
I am getting ready to paint most of my house and one of my friends was telling me about an additive that I should add to my paint. I just can't remember what it was she was talking about. Can you tell me what it is?
We can tell you about several beneficial additives for your paint:
Okay, I really need some help here. Can you please tell me what in the world is TSP?! Does it stand for "Too Sour Paint"? Every time I talk to the guys in the home improvement center about a paint project the first thing out of their mouths is, "Are you going to use TSP?" Considering the fact that it seems like a staple of the painting process (and I'm always afraid of looking like an idiot) my response has always been, "Oh, yeah, definitely!" So please make an honest woman out of me and fill me in!
Bless your heart! We totally understand your fear of "Asking the Stupid Question" -- we've had thousands of women write us with the same worry. The "big secret" really isn't that big. TSP, which stands for trisodium phosphate, is a powder you mix with warm water and use to wipe down your walls before painting. It acts in three ways to improve your paint's stick-to-itiveness:
Jane Tip: Make sure you completely rinse TSP from the walls (and let the walls dry) before you paint -- otherwise, the new paint won't adhere properly. Rinse the solution with a clean, damp sponge and you should end up with a beautiful paint job.
Hugs 'n' Hammers,