When do I need to apply a primer?
Generally speaking, a primer should be applied to any
surface that has never been painted before. When
repainting, a primer is needed when the surface is uneven
in porosity, or when the surface has been stripped of
paint or is worn down to the substrate (bare wood is a
Can water-based paint be applied over oil-based paint?
Today’s high quality acrylic latex paints provide
excellent adhesion to surfaces painted with oil-based or
alkyd paints. But if a surface has more than three or four
coats of oil-based paint on it, you may want to apply an
What is the best way to store open paint?
Do not dispose of it as you may need it in the future. Use
a paper towel to clean the paint form the groove on the
rim. Cover the can opening with plastic wrap to keep the
container airtight. Replace the lid by using strong
pressure to press it down into the groove lines. When the
paint is alkyd or oil-based it is helpful to place a piece
of waxed paper directly onto the paint before sealing the
can or store the cans of paint upside down. Always store
paint in its original containers, with the label intact.
Never store paint where it will be subjected to freezing
cold or extreme heat. Never pour paint down the drain or
bury it. In A.B. utilize your local paint care collection
sites. Why not donate your leftover paint to charitable
Do I need to re-paint my basecoat?
The colour and condition of the walls will affect your
final faux finish. Any repairs must be sanded smooth and
sealed or it will show darker as they absorb more glaze. A
flat latex paint will make the glaze dry faster and is not
recommended for negative techniques or washes. Eggshell
and semi-gloss finishes are the easiest surface to work on
because they let the glaze slide and blend properly. All
plaster work is better on a flat very dry latex surface.
Is it always necessary to apply two coats of exterior
The best exterior paint system consists of a coat of
quality primer, followed by two coats of top quality
paint. However, if the surface was previously painted and
the old paint is still sound, even a single coat of a top
grade paint will provide good protection from the
How do I choose the products for my decorating project?
The room surface and the decor will all influence the
choice of paint that you will use. The depth of colour,
the feel, the sheen, the amount of activity and the
expected years of washing will determine the selection of
and alkyd or latex and the choice of sheen finish.
Let your stored Expert assist you in choosing the product
to complete your project. A simple description and
measurement of your surface areas will help your Paint
What size containers of paint are available?
The most common sizes are:
How many coats do I need to apply?
Generally one or two. The paint label will state the
recommended number of coats and may briefly describe
situations in which you would use a primer before applying
How large an area does a container of paint cover?
The label will state the approximate area per litre, which
will typically work out to approximately 400 square feet
(single coat) for a 3.78 litres container. However, this
figure can increase or decrease due to factors related to
the surface to be painted and the paint to be applied:
Irregularity of surface (of siding, for example), which
results in surface area that is greater than the
measurement would indicate
Porosity of surface
Color of surface
Color of the paint
Product used (its hiding power, for example)
How much paint do I need?
First simply calculate the surface area to be painted (and
multiply by the number of coats)
Read the container label to find out how much area the
paint will cover. If necessary, make adjustments for
relevant factors, but don't plan to skimp. (Spreading
paint too thinly lowers its durability.)
Divide the area per container into your total surface area
to determine how many containers you need.
What is oil paint?