Painting a Tin Roof

Painting a Tin Roof

If you get the opportunity for painting a tin roof you can give it a try, or leave it to the professionals.

Painting a Tin Roof

Getting Roof Ready

When working on a roof always be careful as a slip or wrong step can lead to a lot of hurting.

If your roof is rusty with old paint peeling off, then it should be scraped first. A wire brush and paint scraper works well for this.

Its a slow process and I have seen pressure washers  used also, but in the end there always seems to be scraping by hand to do.

Roofing Screws

Also when your scraping carry a hammer and drill along for any loose nails to replace them with the roofing screws.

If you see the tin is loose then it is often better to put screws in, and also where the tin overlaps. This will help anything from becoming loose in the future.

Cleaning the Roof

Once you have the roof scraped, then its a must to sweep and wash the dirt and dust off before beginning to paint. Pressure washer or garden hose will work well.


Some paints recommend a primer before the top coat, while others don’t require it. Other paints will recommend two coats for best results.

The one thing when picking up paint for your roof is to always search for the best quality as you don’t wont to be redoing it in a couple years from now.

Ways to Paint Your Roof

The next thing is how you wont to paint your roof, spray it on or use a brush or roller.

I have seen some spray painting done on roofs that were not very good quality, and some that were excellent. So would recommend if your having it sprayed to do your homework first on this subject.

Painting a Tin Roof With a Paint Brush

If you decide to go with a paint brush then it will certainly take longer then the spray painting, but will most likely be a good job also, and last a long time.

A four or three inch brush will work well for this.

A Fluffy Paint Roller

Another thing you could try is using a fluffy paint roller to do the roof, if it is fairly straight going. Having tried this and to my own surprise it worked quite well.

For this is best to work off scaffolding if using a roller, and also to have a long expanding paint pole. With the thick roller is quite easy to get a good paint coverage on the ridges of the tin.

It will take about half the time to put on in comparison to using a brush, plus moving the scaffolding also.


If your using a brush you can use a roof ladder or climbing harness with good ropes to tie you on with. If the roof is not to steep then the climbing harness and a good rope work very well.

Painting a tin roof

Being Careful

Once again would like to mention always be careful and work safe on a roof.

Tie up your ropes to something solid like a tree, car, or truck as it can get real exciting sliding off a roof on a ladder with a paint can in your hand.

If you try this project out your roof should look real good when finished, be careful, have fun and enjoy the view.

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Church Windows

Old Church

In this old building we need to replace two basement Church Windows. This church was built around eighteen seventy or some where around that time period.Old Church

Window Frames

The old window frames had rotted away on the bottoms, and only one pane of glass was left in good shape.

The rough framing for the windows was not in the greatest shape either, and would have to renew half of one of them, and repair the sides on the other one.

As one was used to toss wood into the basement for the furnace over time it had seen some abuse.Window frames

Matching the Old Design

To match up the design of the old windows you can use a two by six pine eight feet long, which will give you enough wood for the two windows.

A table saw can be used to cut out the pieces for the windows where the glass will fit into.

Size of Old Church Windows

The bottom rail of the window was three and a half by one and a half inches , and the top and side rails were two and a half inches.

After cutting out, these can be routed out for your glass to sit in or use the table saw.

In this case the two muntins were made an inch wide and cut on your table saw or router for where the glass sits.

Once all the pieces are cut out then the muntins can be mortised into the lower and top rails.

Putting Frames Together

Now that ever thing is ready to be glued together with the help of a couple of pipe clamps. The glue is recommended to dry in half an hour, but I usually leave overnight.

You can also add some three and a half inch screws to the corners, and it should last for a very long time.Window Frames


Now that everything is glued a light sanding is recommended and then is time to give your windows a coat of primer paint.

I recommend one coat of primer, then two top coats that should preserve the wood for a good length of time.Painting frames


Once the paint has dried then is time to buy some glass. Most hardware stores will have glass and can be cut to the exact size you wont. In the case of these windows they are fifteen by twelve inches.

Quality of Glass

When buying glass there are different qualities and thickness. Of course the better qualities are more expensive, and actually can be very expensive.

At this time I decided to use the same thickness glass that had been originally used when the church was built back in the eighteen seventy, thinking if they lasted for a hundred forty seven years then mabey it will go another hundred years.

Putty or Caulking

To put the glass in the frames you can use putty or go modern by using caulking around the glass.

I actually prefer to use the caulking as it comes in a tube and is real handy to put around the glass. Just always make sure to buy the type for windows and that it is paintable.

Stain Glass Windows

The other windows in the church are stained glass and are in fairly decent shape , except for one that is facing the road that has a small hole in one of the triangle pieces of glass.Stained glass

These are set in a lead frame work so a piece  is not to difficult to remove or put back. Will have to repair this one day, as it is nice to keep these old buildings in good shape.Stain glass window

Painting the Other Windows

After installing the basement windows I decided to scrape the other window frames and give them a primer and top coats. The scraping always seems to consume a lot of time, but after all is done they sure do look better.Church windows

I hope this has given you a few ideas on repairing old windows, and if you have any comments they are always appreciated.




House Painting Ideas

Preparing For Paint

Spring time again and we can get busy with some outside painting. It is time for a few house painting ideas for your house, and most likely you will have to do some scraping and sanding before you can think about painting.House Painting Ideas

Scraping And Sanding

When doing the paint scraping I usually use a scraper with the changeable blades, and often you can file a new sharp edge on them once they wear down. The blades cost about two dollars at hardware stores and if kept sharp can last a long time. Also have a sponge sanding pad with you to go over where you have scraped, as it will smooth out any rough scraping spots.Paint Scrapers

Keeping Area Clean as you Scrape

Laying some old blankets or plastic canvas on the ground where you are removing the old paint will keep the place a lot cleaner. I usually have a garbage bag with me and dump the blankets with paint chips in this as I work around the house.Blankets

Cleaning after Scraping

Once you have all the scraping and sanding finished, make sure all the dust is cleaned up. an old paint brush works well for cleaning around windows and other tight places. A shop vacuum works great for any places you can reach, such as window sills or parts of doors.Cleaning after Scraping

Primer Paint

Now is the time to put some primer paint onto all the places that have been scraped or you think need the primer. If the old paint is in good shape in places then it is not necessary to go over with the primer, but that choice is up to you. Just trying to save you a little money as paint and the time to put it on can be expensive.

Top Coat

After you have primed all the places that need it, then it is time for the top coat of paint. When buying your top coat always pick the best there is on the market, otherwise you will end up scraping and painting every couple years and that’s just no fun. Start top coats working from the higher parts of your house to the lower.Top Coat

Two Coats Preferred

I personally recommend two top coats for the reason that it will last longer and cover so much better. Many people do only the one coat because of the time and money involved. But if you wont your house to look really good and last longer then go for the two top coats, the choice is yours.

House Painting Ideas

Trim Around the House

Sometimes the trim on a house is a different color and usually is done last. If on the higher parts of the house there happens to be trim to paint I will often do this as I go along painting the walls, as your ladder is already set up and this can save you some time.Trim

Painting Metal

If you have any tin to paint, as in some cases the sides of a garage then also a scraper and wire brush will take care of any lose paint. Most paints used for metal are oil based, so I don’t bother washing the brush but just store it in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out. Once the painting is finished the brush gets tossed. If the brush cost eight or ten dollars then the turpentine or paint thinner plus the time for the cleaning is just not worth it.

Trellis for Flowers

If you have any trellis to paint I would suggest a two inch brush, because it is a very pokey job and a time consumer. Usually start at the top once again and work your way down, and also spread a few blankets around to catch any paint that can spatter. Do one side at a time, or if you have a helper it would be good with one on each side. Best two coats as there always seems to be places that get missed on the first round.Trellis

Clean Up

Once your paint job is finished I will take a shop vacuum and go over any verandas or walk ways to pick up the paint chips that get blown around. Just a good general clean up and you can call it a job well done and you have a better looking home.Finished

I hope a few of these house painting ideas will help you out on your projects around the home.

Best of luck with things and any comments always appreciated.


Sanding and Staining Floors

If any one is  interested in sanding and staining floors then here is a few hints on how to go about it. In this case here we are going to be doing an old pine floor.

Preparing the Floor

Usually the first thing is to empty the room of all furniture, and remove the baseboards from around the walls. Then go over the floor to see if there are any nails that need to be hammered down using a nail set for this so as not to mark the floor.

Sanders and Sand Paper

If your renting a floor sander be sure to get the edger also and enough sand paper for the size of the floor. The sand paper will come in different grades from rough for the first sanding down to fine for the finish. Start with a sixteen or twenty four for floors with paint on them and end up with an eighty or one hundred.Belt Sander


After each pass with the drum sander I recommend doing a round with the edger. This will keep any drum marks that were made sanded out. Is best with the drum sander to try and feather it as you get to the wall and also where you start. If you don’t the sander will leave deeper marks on your floor and this will take a lot of time to sand out. Its something that takes practice to learn, but not hard to do if your careful.


In the case of this floor it is one inch pine boards with two coats of gray paint on it. Having never been sanded before there is not much worry about taking too much off.Pine fllor

Health Protection

Also when sanding always wear a protective good quality mask, because there will always be dust. Its advisable to keep a window open, and if you can even a fan to blow the dust out the window as this will help.


After each sanding pass with the drum and edger its a good idea to vacuum, taking your time to suck up all the sawdust in the cracks and corners. For this I would recommend using the soft bristle pick up on the end of the vacuum hose so as not to scratch the floor.


Another thing is to make sure you use a shop vac for all your vacuuming. As this dust is fine something like gyprock dust, and using a home vacuum will not do it any good. There are special bags you can find at hardware stores for your shop vac that are made for this fine dust. Saves buying your family a new house vacuum.Shop Vac

Hand Sanders

Once you have worked your way down to the fine sandpaper for your last pass, and done the same with the edger. Then its to give another quick vacuum. At this point you will have a little hand sanding to do in the corners, as the edger does not reach into the ninety degree corners. For this you can use a sanding mouse or palm sander as both work well for this.Hand Sanders

Checking Floor

I know not everyone does this, but at this point I use an extension light and go over the floor very carefully looking for any scratch marks which can be sanded out with the palm sanders. Old floors in older homes are never even and at times your sanding will not be perfect so is best to check the floor all over. This could be a little over kill on my part, but does a good job.

Finish Vacuuming

Next comes the vacuuming again and this time do the walls, doors, ceiling, removing all dust from the room. It takes time for this but you do not wont to have any dust left in the room and specially on the floor.


In the case of this pine floor the owner wonted it stained dark before applying varathane for the finishing coat. For the staining you can brush it on doing a small section at a time, as you wont to use old rags to wipe the stain even after applying with your paint brush. Make sure you have enough rags and wear some rubber gloves. Usually stain is left twenty four hours before applying varathane or what ever finish you wish to use.Staining

Top Coats

When applying the top coat of polyurethane follow the instructions on the can , but usually fine sanding between coats is recommended. A pole sander works well for this, and a good vacuuming after sanding. It may take two or three top coats also, and leave two or three days before moving furniture back in and reinstalling base boards.Polyurethane

When your finished you should have a great looking floor, so best of luck on your projects.

Any comments or ideas are always appreciated.



Interior Painting Ideas

New Home

Here is a few interior painting ideas for a newly renovated house. No furniture to cover up or move around, and all new gyprock. Even plywood floors, so no need to cover them as this can really make painting jobs home


First thing to do is vacuum the ceilings and walls to remove any gyprock jointing dust. I use this shop vac for this with a soft brush attachment on the end of a stiff and flexible hose. This way there is little chance of marking the gyprock joints. For a vacuum bag I use one specifically designed for the finer dust. This is a great invention because in the past have gone through quite a few shop vacs.vacuum

Primer Paint

Once everything is vacuumed and cleaned it is then time for the primer paint. As there is nothing in the rooms doing the edging is a breeze. I use about a two inch angled sash brush for this. Often it is difficult to find a decent paint brush as many are made to thin with not enough bristles and after a couple paintings there ready for the garbage. So a point here is to always check your brush quality before buying. I have also tried edgers but never found any that work as advertised. I anyone knows of a good one just leave a comment.primer paint

After Primer has Dried

After the primer has dried which usually take four hours or a little longer if preferred. With the new gyprock is best to check to see if there are any places that do not feel smooth to the touch. If so is best to take a pole sander, same as used to sand the joints and using fine sandpaper go over all the primer, then vacuum and clean again. This will give your walls and ceilings a very smooth finish.

Top Coats

Is best to always put two top coats of the finishing paint, and to also check after the first coat for any rough spots that might have been missed. If so they can be lightly sanded again before the last coat is coat

Dark Colors

Another thing is if your painting dark colors in a room such as dark brown or a dark blue, then it would be best to apply two coats of primer. The reason for this is no matter how good the person doing the joints on the new gyprock is the dark colors will show any imperfections that appear on your walls or ceilings.painting color

Rollers and Brushes

If your painting a new home that has as an example eight or nine rooms, you might require that many rollers because of all the different colors. One of the best ways to keep your rollers from drying out is to buy the large plastic freezer bags and roll them up in them after every use. They can be bought at the dollar or grocery store, so is a cheap way of saving time by not having to wash them each day. You can also do this with the paint brushes as it keeps them from drying out also.roller and brush

Adjustable Handles

Something that is really handy when doing the rolling is an adjustable pole that screws into the roller handle. Is best to get one that adjust from thirty inches upwards. The shorter size works well when it comes to hallways and closets.painting pole

Quality Paint

Its recommended to always buy the best quality paint on the market, and put two top coats over the primer. Also as a high sheen paint will show any flaws you have in walls and ceilings. If you wish to hide any trouble spots on your drywall then go with an eggshell gloss or flat paint.quality paint


A gallon of paint will usually cover from three fifty to four hundred square feet, so just measure your rooms to get square footage. The second top coat will take a little less. Also when doing the last coat you may wont to roll as close to the edges as possible to give a more uniform finish where the edging was done.


While some people tape around the woodwork and baseboards to keep them from getting painted, personally I find this a waste of time. If you have a good sash brush two or two and a half inches wide and a steady hand, you are good to go.

Doing Woodwork

When painting woodwork in your house use a polyester and nylon brush for latex paints, and a bristle brush for oil based paints.  Also longer bristles on your brush will leave less paint marks.brushes

So I hope these interior painting ideas will help you out on your future paint jobs, and best of luck with them.

Any comments are always appreciated. Wayne.

Summer Paint Jobs

Deck Painting

One of your summer paint jobs you might wont to try is painting around a deck, such as the railing, post,  and even the ceiling if your deck happens to be covered. Have seen decks covered with two by sixes every two feet with one by three stripping, and then covered with a corrugated clear plastic sheets designed for roofs. Keeps the deck floor dry and no rotting, plus lets in plenty of sunlight.Deck and Railing

Preparing For Paint

Probably the least exciting and most time consuming of this job is just getting the wood prepared for painting. Scraping and sanding the railings and spindles certainly take time. Personally I scrape the old loose paint off then use a sanding sponge to smooth the wood out. After that give it a good vacuuming and then your ready for the primer paint.


After applying a good primer, and when dry which is usually four to six hours depending on paint and weather the top coat is ready to go on. I would recommend buying the best top coat paint you can find. Apply two of the top coats as it will last longer, and this saves redoing the whole process every couple of years. I have seen lately that there is a top coat with the primer combined, and have tried it a couple times. Seems to cover very well actually, but only problem I find was the price, rather expensive around seventy dollars with taxes for four litres. I suppose there is the saving of not having to apply the primer first. Anyone with experience using a product like this and how long it last, would be curious to know your opinion of it.Painting deck

Deck Floor

If you are  also going to paint the deck, then it will have to be prepared. Scraping and sanding  can be done by hand if the deck is not to large, otherwise a floor sander and edger is probably the way to go. Replace any floor boards that are showing signs of rot, and a few screws to any loose boards. Make sure to vacuum real good before applying paint or stain. As there are many different varieties of stains and paints for decks is best to shop around for the best. In our northern climate is very difficult to come up with a paint or stain that will last, and if you know of any let me know.Deck floor

Cement Porch Floors

About a month ago I had to paint a cement porch floor. It was originally painted grey so I stuck with that color. There is a special paint for cement so if anytime your doing this be sure to get the right paint, and two coats are recommended, Preparing the surface is the time consumer, scraping with a hand scraper, wire brush or a sanding disc on an electric grinder usually works well. And as always give a good vacuuming to these projects before painting.Front porch floor


Another thing you might wont to do is to give any post that are around your porches and decks a fresh coat of paint before doing floors. This always seems to give the place a clean look.Fresh paint for post

That’s just a few of the summer paint jobs that might need to be done around the place to keep it looking good. If you have any ideas or questions drop me a comment.

Take care Wayne.

Giving The Garage A New Look

If the paint on your garage is looking a little tired, and you would prefer to keep the wood clapboards instead of installing  siding, then scraping and new paint is the way to go. This project for improving home value will probably take a week of your time, depending on the size of garage.early painting 006


The scraping part is not easy and requires a considerable amount of time. I use hand scrapers and give a light sanding wherever the wood is scratched or rough. Another way to remove the old paint is with a sanding disk on a grinder, this is faster then by hand but can be dangerous as the disk often gets hooked  under edge of clapboards and gouges the wood or the person using it – not recommended for everyone. Any ideas on a safer or faster way, drop me a note.early painting 005

First Paint

A good primer is applied first over all scraped and sanded wood, making sure to get under the edges of the clapboards to protect against any water damage that could occur.

Second Coat

A good quality top coat is recommended, and is best to apply two coats as it will last longer and give a better finish.

 Restored Garage

Once the painting is finished you will have a new looking garage. Best of luck on your projects.jackson apple bloom and painting 001

Improving Home Value-Try a New Paint Color

I will list a few different paints that I have used over the years. Applying some paint is the one thing that will improve home value. Try to stay away from the darker colors like black or purple, lighter shades seem to give a warmer feel to the home. Having seen all colors on walls, that’s just my opinion.Paint to increase home value


A good way to estimate how much paint your going to use, is a quick measure of the rooms height times width. As a gallon or four liters of paint will cover approximately three hundred fifty square feet, so is easy to figure out.

Roof Paint

A paint I have used on many roofs, and which I still recommend is Tremclad. It comes in a variety of colors, and has a great rust protection on metal roofs. Always mix or stir well before using, and I also recommend it being put on with a brush straight from the can with no thinning.

Flat Paint

Flat paint can be used on walls and ceilings  that are not exactly what you would call smooth, usually found in many older homes. Is also not the easiest to clean, but if you have a ceiling or wall that’s with a rough finish,  give it a try.


Eggshell has a low shine finish, can be used on bedroom or living room walls. Also the finish  is much easier to keep clean then a flat paint.


Can also be used on walls, a good choice would be kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, etc. It also cleans well. Satin Paint

Semi Gloss

Having used Satin and Semi Gloss in many homes, I often recommend either one for the bathroom or kitchen walls, etc. The choice is yours as this one also cleans up easily.


Gloss has more of a shine to it then the other types of paint. I would not recommend it on walls, as it can show any minor imperfections. Is best used on the mouldings or trim in your home, or any smooth woodwork that needs painting.

Quality Counts

Also when painting always try to get the best quality, because I have seen cheap paint used and its not worth spending time or money on. Good rollers  and brushes can make a big difference in the finished look. I prefer to use a good quality two inch angle sash brush for trimming and edging. Also when using your rollers try not to leave streaks or runs on your walls, smoothing things out takes a bit longer but leaves a much better look.Rollers and Brushes

So I hope this gives a better idea on paints, and what to use around your home. A little maintenance and paint can go a long way to keeping the place looking great.

Any comments or ideas, leave a message.