Moving/2169 Mission/Painting

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This is a page for capturing ideas associated with the preparation and painting of 2169 Mission #300.


General Guidelines

  • We want a pragmatic and quickly-feasible approach taken to painting
  • Our goal is to make the space usable, not finish every little nook and cranny with perfect coverage

Prep Work

All preparation work should follow these general guidelines:

  • Clean the surface to be painted sufficiently well enough for their to be good adhesion of a new surface covering layer.
  • Remove obstructions, or at least minimize their intrusion
    • nails power-hammer driven into cement can't be yanked... but can be snipped off or ground nearly flush with the wall.
  • Mask what we are not painting
    • Mask to the first seam of whatever we cannot fully envelope with plastic and tape
  • Scrape excess paint and debris from the walls
  • Sand the surface until there are smooth edges to any scraped bits.
    • Focus on adhesion for determining when to stop. The wall facing the stairs and sliding glass door fire escape is a great example of great adhesion that has been painted over multiple times.
  • Prime surfaces that will not receive self-priming paint well.
    • Galvanized metals and anything going onto a gloss-finished area are prime (pun intended) examples of what needs to be primed.


  • Budget: TBD
  • Going to do with volunteer muralists
  • We will not hold off on moving
  • Basecoat Only, Something Close to White
  • Needs a person to handle paint - co-headed by Steve C and Rachel McC

Focused Areas

1. check with electrical team on some of the rusty square conduit and outlets; should they come off or not?

  • front wall attached to the janky breaker box
  • south wall front
  • south wall rear
  • hole in north wall with closed box over it

2. document the prep needs, with yr pix, so ppl can just go do a small amount of work when they have a chance. This should include scraping, as long as we note that cleanup is part of that task. Of particular importance are the rat-sized holes (there were 3 IIRC).

  • pull nails/screws/staples
  • scrape peeling paint (and clean up)
  • remove conduit as OK'd by electrical team
  • sand down rust on conduit that will remain
  • remove molding with employee info, near front door
  • remove curtain rod and conduit used as clothing rack
  • pull off phone cords and jacks (but not alarm cords)
  • patch holes w/Bondo (big holes) or spackle (small holes). may need a

bit of sheetrock patch for VERY big holes

  • remove mini desk
  • remove shelf with shrine, or not
  • vaccuum & wipe windowsills, scrape as needed

3. once walls are up, go around and verify that all prep is complete

4. mask floors, windows, etc

  • see notes on rear nasty stairwell
  • mask to first joint on electrical items

5. prime, using sprayer in most areas but rollers in some:

  • dj booth (to not crap on camera laptop)
  • small office (not painting the inside, don't spray over the top)
  • we don't care about the ladder to the roof
  • we don't care about the black pipes by the ceiling (the vertical parts

we can mask or not, whatever)

6. next day, paint, using sprayer similar to how primer was done

Materials & equipment

  • vaccuum
  • rags (need)
  • dish scrubbers (for rust)
  • scrapers
  • broom & dustpan
  • masking tape (need)
  • dropcloths (need)
  • brushes?
  • rollers (need; I have several)
  • roller pans (need; I have several)
  • spackle (need)
  • bondo (need)
  • primer for walls (use what was recommended by Whosis?)
  • primer for windows (use what was recommended by Whosis?)
  • paint (eggshell or semigloss, white)
  • ladder(s)

I think we should get the base paint done before deciding about blackboard paint or magnetic paint, as those can be done in entirely separate processes and there will be a fair amount of time before the space is full of Crap again anyway. I don't think either of those needs to be done before the main paint job.


  • Painting -- Responsible for prepping and painting the vertical surfaces of the space beneath the ceiling and over the floor. Contact Steve AKA Mooch , Rachel
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