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Paint mixer draws crowd at S.W. Collins

S.W. Collins employee Jeff Bernier demonstrates a painting technique for a group of women at the Fort Kent store on Saturday, April 15.
(Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

FORT KENT, Maine — More than 30 women showed up to a Do-It-Herself-Paint-Mixer which S.W. Collins hosted at their Fort Kent store on Saturday, April 15. The ladies mingled and enjoyed wine dispensed from Do it Best paint bins and hors d’oeuvres as they learned about the latest home improvement painting techniques from S.W. Collins employees Jeff Bernier and Carrie Chisholm.

Two things Bernier said he always has on him when working on a painting project are a wet rag and a 5 in 1 putty knife.

One guest asked how best to clean a paint brush.

“Soap and water,” Bernier replied. “If you do a good job washing it, the brush will be almost like new.”

Bernier advised the women to keep the cardboard container in which paint brushes are sold to reuse when done painting, and after cleaning the brush.

“Really you could get years out of a good brush,” he said. “Keep the box.”

A womens’ paint mixer at S.W. Collins included the creative use of paint bins as wine dispensers on Saturday, April 15. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

He demonstrated how to cleanly paint edges and offered some advice.

“You don’t want to have your brush too loaded,” he said.

The ladies laughed at an exchange between Bernier and one of the women. Bernier told the group that he always paints from left to right.

“You learned that in kindergarten,” a lady replied. “I had a good teacher,” Bernier said.

More laughter occurred when Bernier discussed the difficulties of painting over products containing silicone.

“If it says silicone stay away from it. Stay away from any silicone,” he said.

Bernier also explained the differences between spackle and joint compound, at an attendee’s request.

“Spackle is good for just a little quick nail hole or maybe a crack in the door,” he said.

Chisholm demonstrated how to work with chalk paint which she described as “a very silky paint which is really, really easy to apply.” She said the product also dries quickly.

S.W. Collins employee Carrie Chisholm demonstrates a sanding technique on a piece of old furniture at a paint mixer on Saturday, April, 15. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

Each guest received a gift bag containing a T-shirt and other items as well as coupons which they may choose to redeem at an upcoming paint sale at the store.

A typical paint project checklist includes paint trays and liners, extension pole and edging tools.

Attendee Jana Nadeau won the drawing for a door prize of a basket containing many paint products and a bottle of wine. Organizers drew a second winning ticket to give away the wine when they realized Nadeau was only 13. Louise Caron won the wine. Sue Saucier won a wooden shelf.

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