Bad paint job that needs to be fixed.


I just moved into my apartment and the paint job is pretty bad. I don’t know if they used bad paint, too much paint, or just didn’t know what they were doing. The paint is clumpy, dull and peeling. They painted the windows shut and the knobs on the doors and there is paint splattered on the floors. I didn’t realize it was this bad till I moved in.

I want to fix it, but I wouldn’t begin to know where to start. I need to know how I would fix the walls, how to get the paint off the wooden and tile floors and also how to get the windows to open. I am not a painter so please also tell me what paint brush and what type of paint I would need to fix this and where I would be able to get the items.

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  1. Crack open the windows using a screw driver and hammer… sand down all painted surfaces using a coarse grade block-type sander… use coarse steel wool and lacquer thinner to remove paint from knobs, floors, and tile surfaces… get materials at Home Depot…

  2. Fixing the walls:
    1. Scrape off any peeling paint using a putty knife.
    2. Sand the walls to smooth out any clumps or rough areas.
    3. Apply a coat of primer to create a smooth base for the new paint.
    4. Choose a high-quality paint suitable for interior walls. A satin or eggshell finish is recommended for a durable and washable surface.
    5. Use a quality paintbrush or roller to apply the paint in thin, even coats, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next.

    Removing paint from wooden and tile floors:
    1. For wooden floors, use a paint scraper to carefully remove the dried paint.
    2. For tile floors, a mixture of warm water and mild detergent can help soften the paint. Scrub with a sponge or soft-bristled brush, then rinse with clean water.
    3. For stubborn spots, consider using a commercial paint remover, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

    Opening painted shut windows:
    1. Use a utility knife or paint scraper to gently score along the edges of the window frame where it meets the paint.
    2. Carefully pry the window open with a putty knife, being cautious not to damage the frame or glass.
    3. Apply a silicone lubricant to the window tracks to prevent future sticking.

    Tell your landlord about the poorly painted apartment. Document everything so your not blamed for it.

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