Beautiful Fall Weather Is Ideal To Spruce Up With A New Coat of Paint

By Mickey Howley
WVMSA Director

The Water Valley’s Business Holiday Open House, sponsored by the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Lions Club will host their traditional pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Railroad Depot/Casey Jones Museum. Remember to shop safely. Follow store guidelines, remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
The weather has been great. Seems this week’s hurricane is staying put for the moment in the Gulf of Mexico, the 28th named storm this year in the Atlantic season. We’re having a delightful fall so far. Covid is still an issue, over 10 million Americans infected and 239,000 dead. That’s a 42 to one kill ratio, which is better than the 30 to one ratio it once was. So, what can you do to pass the time if you should be in a big group of your fellow unknowingly infected virus vectors?
What to do?
Let me suggest something outdoorsy and safe and a beautification effort and one that I find very satisfying. Painting, now I don’t mean painting as art like the storefront installations in the art crawl this year, no. I mean painting as in brushing it out of a can.
A new coat of paint can change your outlook on life. Paint was one of the earliest inventions of humanity. Cave paintings drawn with red or yellow ochre, or charcoal may have been made as long as 40,000 years ago.  Paint may be even older.  South African archaeologists reported finds in Blombos Cave of a 100,000-year-old human-made ochre-based mixture that could have been used like paint.  Further excavation in the same cave resulted in finding a complete toolkit for grinding pigments and making a primitive paint-like substance. We’ve been painting awhile.
Paint is any pigmented liquid, liquefiable, or solid mastic composition that, after application to a surface in a thin layer will convert to a solid film. A coat of paint does several things; it protects and colors and textures. Paint is typically stored, sold, and applied as a liquid, but most types dry into a solid. Most modern paints are either oil-based or water-based and each have distinct characteristics, with water based paints becoming more common.
Here’s what everyone loves about painting, they just want to lay that paint on with big thick wet brush strokes. That’s the joy and pleasure of the effort. But what makes paint last, and I’m talking about outside painted things exposed to weather, is the base work. That preparation is not always so fun. Not so fun tasks like scraping, sanding, caulking, priming, and more sanding. A long-lasting topcoat means making sure the to-be-painted surface is clean and primed, plus has a bit of “tooth” to hold the new paint. Just slapping paint over an older unprepared surface or even a new un-prepped surface is a sure bet for that paint’s early failure. Prep right and lay that paint on knowing it will last.
Both Valley Lumber and Sartain’s Hardware have a great stock of paints and don’t forget the two auto parts stores for paint, especially if you’re painting something metal.

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