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Painting Tips & Ideas (Page 1 of 12)

 

Children's Murals

If you never painted a mural, painting a mural for a child's room or a volunteer project at a school is an excellent place to start. Children adore color and simple designs so that even novice painters can create a mural that will receive rave reviews...

 

Choosing the Right Primer for the Job

Provides a uniform and attractive paint finish...


Commonly used types of paint

People have used paint for centuries as a means of adding color to the world...


Choose Exterior Paint Color

There are so many things to consider when repainting the exterior of your home. After you choose a painter and decide on the type of paint you want to use, you then have the task of deciding on a color. For some people this comes easily, for others, decorating or changing the exterior of their home is daunting...


Choose the Right Color

Having trouble picking the perfect paint color for your home decorating project? Not sure what type of paint you should use? Don't feel bad -- even the pros need help from time to time...

 

Color Painting answer

Frequently asked questions...

 

Drywall Repair Tips

To fix small holes in your drywall, clean the holes and dampen them with a sponge. Fill the holes with the professional's formula for success...

 

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Painting tips & tricks of the day


  Painting old moldings
Over the years and after many coats of paint, door frames, windows and wall molding joints are no longer well defined and easy to trim. Carefully trace over the joints with a plasterboard knife using a yardstick if necessary. The traced cut will act as a paint dam? as long as you don't use too much.

Paint without removing fixtures
To avoid having to remove fixtures before painting, particularly when the pieces are difficult to get off, nothing works like Vaseline petroleum jelly. Just spread it on the surfaces to be protected before starting to paint and when finished, clean the fixtures with a paper towel or a soft cloth.
 

Paint Tips, Advices and Warnings


When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

 

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape -- the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.

When painting stairs, paint every other step first. When these are dry, paint the rest.

To avoid cleaning paint brushes and rollers if you intend to use the same colour later, or if you do not have time to clean immediately, place the brushes and rollers in a plastic bag, tie shut and place in the freezer. They will keep for several days without drying up.

Protect hands from paint solvent by putting the brush and solvent into a strong plastic bag. With hands outside the bag, work the solvent into the brush through the plastic.

After cleaning your paint brush, a few drops of oil worked into the bristles will leave the brush soft and ready to use.

To clean paint rollers, fill an empty one-quart milk carton with solvent, put the roller inside and crimp the ends shut. Give the carton a few shakes, then let sit for a couple of hours.

Simmer hardened paint brushes in full-strength vinegar. Remove the softened paint with a wire comb or brush.

To remove oil or enamel paint from your hands, rub on paste floor wax and then wash with plenty of soap and warm water. There is no odor and it’s easier on the skin than paint remover.

In time, a partly used can of paint will develop a skin on top. To prevent this, cut waxed paper the size of the can and drop it in.

To save partial cans of leftover paint, fill the airspace with a lightly inflated balloon before pressing on the lid.

A coat of penetrating stain applied to a smooth wood surface may last only three or four years, but a second application after the wood has weathered will last as long as 10.

To give bathroom fixtures a new look, paint with an epoxy paint, sold especially for that purpose.

Never stir varnish. It has no colour pigments which need blending and stirring will create air bubbles which can ruin a smooth finish.

To frost a bathroom or garage window, make a solution of one cup of beer to four tbsp. Epsom salts and paint on the window. It washes off when you want a clear pane again.

After wallpapering or painting, write the amount under a light-switch plate and you’ll always know how much wallpaper or paint you need for that room.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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