5 KEYS TO A GREAT PAINT JOB

The secret to a successful paint job is choosing materials carefully. Here are some guidelines:

1. Choose the right color. Take paint brochures home and pick the color during daylight in the room you’ll be painting. Buy a quart (1 litre) of the color, paint part of the wall, and live with it before making a final decision.

2. Cheap paint is expensive. You’re more likely to save money with a top-of-the-line paint. Cheap paint usually requires two coats to cover what’s on the wall, thereby doubling your cost. Low-quality latex paint also gets chalky as it ages and needs to be repainted sooner.

3. Get the right paint finish. Paint comes in glossy, semigloss, eggshell, satin, and flat finishes. Use glossy or semigloss on woodwork. In areas likely to get dirty—kitchens and baths—use semigloss or eggshell on walls. The glossier the paint, the more durable and easier it will be to clean. Flat, on the other hand, hides wall defects and touched-up areas belier.

 

4. Match, don’t mix. Simplify your life. Use the same color paint on trim and walls even if they’re not the same sheen. You’ll have to do far less masking, and touch-up is simpler since paint splashed from the walls onto the trim (or vice versa) is virtually invisible.

5. Pick the right applicators. Select a short-nap roller for smooth walls and a longer nap for stucco, concrete, and textured surfaces. Make sure the roller has slightly beveled ends that won’t drag paint onto adjoining surfaces. Choose a nylon-wool blend roller for a (oil) paint, but get an all-nylon roller for latex (the water in latex swells natural fibers). Similarly, choose a natural bristle brush for alkyd and synthetic bristles for latex. Look sideways at a brush. A good brush comes to a dull point; a cheap one is cut square. Look at the bristle ends. Split ends (properly called flagged ends) help spread paint for a smoother finish.


 

Grease on walls

Oil, grease or grime on wall surfaces. Common in kitchens and garages. Grease on the walls causes poor paint adhesion, stains, or small "pinpoint" rust spots.

Solution:

Wash the surface with detergent and warm water, apply an isolating primer such as X-Terminator alkyd, and repaint with a coat of Kitchen and Bath acrylic enamel.

 

PAINT SAFELY

Safety is a real issue; always read the manufacturer's labels before you begin decorating, and wear the necessary protective.

Many of the solvents used to clean painting tools give off toxic fumes, so make sure that your work area is well ventilated.
Mineral spirits, methylated spirits, and turpentine are dangerous if inhaled, swallowed, or allowed to come into contact with the skin.
It is advisable not to eat, drink, or smoke while painting.
Keep paint and cleaning agents away from children and pets.
Wear a dust mask when working with powder colors.
Since some paints and cleaning agents can irritate the skin, it is a good idea to wear protective gloves.
If painting overhead, wear goggles and stand on a secure, level base.

 

 

 

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