LESLIE: Pauline in Massachusetts, welcome to The Money Pit. What’s going on at your house?
LESLIE: This is on the sill not on the glass, correct?
PAULINE: Yeah, on the sill and a little in the bathroom where there’s a Jacuzzi underneath; you know, it’s flush against that wall which wasn’t used at all.
TOM: I think you’re going to have to keep an eye on it because we need to know if it’s still active or not.
PAULINE: No, it’s not active now. It’s totally dry.
PAULINE: But it looks as though there had been a spill there, you know, and now it’s stained. It’s sort of – it’s the same color but it looks – there’s a watermark like you get sometimes in carpeting? That line?
TOM: I understand. But it’s on the windowsill. Is the windowsill …?
PAULINE: It’s on both sills.
TOM: The sills are painted or stained?
TOM: OK, well then this is easy to fix. Do you happen to have any of that paint around?
TOM: Good. Don’t put it on before you put a primer step on first.
TOM: OK? You’ve got to use a primer coat because what’ll happen is if you try to repaint that with a water stain …
TOM: … that stain will put right through the paint and it’ll show up again and you’ll …
PAULINE: Oh, OK.
TOM: … you’ll just be – you’ll be hating yourself. So …
PAULINE: Is there any particular kind of primer? Is there a kind that I have to use?
TOM: If it’s just a little water stain like that you can use a water-based primer. You can go out and pick up a Behr water-based primer or a KILZ water-based primer. Get a little small can of it. They come in the pint-sized can. Get one of those foam brushes …
TOM: … as you have a really small paint job here and do a coat of primer first. Prime the entire sill, not just the spot …
TOM: … because otherwise when you put the paint on it won’t sort of lay right.
LESLIE: Not going to match.
TOM: Yeah. Well, it’s like rougher in one area than the other. And then just repaint the sill …
PAULINE: How long do I wait in between the processes?
TOM: Just enough for the primer to dry; you know, an hour or so if it’s a warm day. Shouldn’t be a problem.
PAULINE: OK. Thank you so much. I appreciate your help.
TOM: You’re welcome, Pauline. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.