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. Painting -- Responsible for prepping and painting the vertical surfaces of the space beneath the ceiling and over the floor.

  • Budget: rough estimate of $1800-2200
    • Paint estimate for only the current exterior walls (not the columns or baseboarding) is roughly 25 - 30 gallons. $20-45/gallon suggests a paint budget of 600-1400 dollars, not including all prep materials.
  • Basecoat Only, Something Close to White

General Guidelines[edit]

  • 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[edit]


Rules of thumb:[edit]

  • Clean the surface to be painted sufficiently well enough for their to be good adhesion of a new surface covering layer. This goes for loose dirt or excessive grease (the rear windowsills for example), but generally we do not need to wash the walls.
  • 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. Of course if they're really high... we probably don't care
  • Mask what we are not painting
    • Mask to the first seam of whatever we cannot fully envelope with plastic and tape, such as electrical outlets
  • 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.

Focused Areas[edit]

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. these are the prep needs (pix coming in a bit), so ppl can just go do a small amount of work when they have a chance. Please note that cleanup is part of any task - this is meaningful for scraping loose paint.

Re-Iteration of General guidelines[edit]

  • 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

Focal Points of Prep Work[edit]

<insert map here with locations of prep work needing particular focus highlighted>

Walking from the Stairwell Entrance to the right, which would be counter-clockwise along the perimeter of the space:

  • Mask Alarm / Intercom[2]
  • Pull Nails on wall[3]
  • Scrape peeling paint and clean up the debris from the skylight /ceiling/corner between the doors[4]
  • Mask electrical breakers and anything large and valuable on that corner[5]
  • Dry Wall patch by the wood elevator door[6]
  • Dry Wall patch in the bike cove space[7][8]
  • Pull staples from the wall in bike cove[9]
  • Remove curtain rod and closet rod in the hangout nook, near the fire escape[10]
  • Remove the 2x4 screwed to the wall in the hangout cove [11]
  • Mask stairs by sliding glass door
  • conduit under the Mission-side windows: evaluate with electrical team what is staying
  • Deal with plate covers for the ~6 ancient single outlet plugs in the space [12]
  • Remove conduit laid over windows [13]
  • Pull / Cut phone wire under Mission-side windows [14]
  • Mask Huge pipes in the corner of the space near the windows [15]
    • Easier to keep them unfinished than to try and paint all of them...
  • Patch the drywall in the far corner near the huge pipes [16]
    • again focus on pragmatism. This isn't about making it beautiful, but functional.
  • Minimize work in the electrical storage closet.
    • Enough nice stuff is there that we can hand-roll that room at a point in the future with less hassle than prepping it for spraying now.
  • Patch the hole @ knee height near the ADA bathroom [17]
  • Patch the hole near the ground, too [18]
  • Pull / Cut the phone wire by the double doors that extends freely suspended towards the Mission street side of the space
  • check with electrical Pull plastic conduit for wall, near the ADA bathroom again [19]
  • Patch the small holes in the wall near chest height around the ADA bathroom [20]
    • Bondo works great on these types of holes. It is basically fiberglass suspended in epoxy making it great for spanning smaller segments.
  • Remove the random 2x4 near the ADA bathroom [21]
  • Mask Sink [22]
  • Check with electrical about what is happening with the conduit / future buildout of electrical in the kitchen. [23]
  • Scrub and prime the windowsills
  • Trash the godawful venetian blinds we have in the kitchen
    • They are hideous and will only block early morning light... when no decent hacker is there anyway.
      • And anyone who is there at that time probably wants the light to be let in anyway.
  • Ignore the elevated office with nice crap in it.
    • Ignore meaning mask off the window and doorway, cause we aren't painting it for now, see reasons in electrical storage closet above.
  • Rip out the minidesk near the shrine and beneath the window of the elevated office [24]
  • Remove shelf with shrine on it
  • Dispose of shrine (craigslist freestuff / freecycle?)
  • Patch conduit hole
    • [25]??? is this the right photo?
  • Pull baseboarding off the wall that was serving as a bulliten board space. [26]
    • remove molding with employee info, near front door
  • 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 shelf with shrine, or not...
  • windowsills: scrape as needed vaccuum, scrub with brush, and wipe

3. mask floors, windows, etc

  • see notes that are physically located on the rear nasty stairwell
  • mask to first joint on electrical items


1. 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)

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

Materials & equipment[edit]

  • vaccuum
  • rags (need)
  • dish scrubbers (for rust)
  • scrapers
  • broom & dustpan
  • masking tape (need)
  • dropcloths (need)
  • brushes?
  • rollers (need; Rachel has several)
  • roller pans (need; Rachel has several)
  • spackle (need)
  • bondo (need)
  • primer for walls (use what was recommended by Gina's friend?)
  • primer for windows (use what was recommended by Gina's friend?)
  • paint (eggshell or semigloss, white)
  • ladder(s)
  • Bill Pollock can get contractor prices at Kelly-Moore

Additional Thoughts[edit]

People have fantastic ideas about murals, special paints (blackboard paint, magnetic paint), other decorations, etc. I think we should get the base paint done before deciding about final treatments, 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. Let's get the base job done and then deal with these one by one as time & energy permit.

Team Members[edit]