Painting 101

12 Dec 2015

Paint it up. Paint, when applied properly, is the cheapest way to positively affect a door,
a room, or your whole house. Do it right, and your home will thank you. Do it wrong, and…….

Clean the Surface. On the exterior, for starters hose down the surface. Pressure washing may be necessary if there is flaking paint or other loose material. Scraping, sanding, and wire brushing are tedious but often necessary tasks. For doors, cabinets, and bathroom and kitchen walls, cleaning with ammonia or TSP will cut grease and help give a good bond. If you do nothing else, wipe the surface with a wet rag!

Priming. Primers are commonly needed to seal stains, to protect and give a good bond to bare wood, to protect metal surfaces from corrosion, and provide a solid base for the top coat to adhere to.

Sheen. Paint comes in varying shininess, or sheen. Flat paint has little or no sheen. A minimal sheen is referred to as eggshell, followed by satin, semi-gloss, and gloss.

Paint type. Interior, exterior, rust inhibitive, latex, acrylic, oil; the list goes on and on. Make sure the product you choose will perform as intended.

How Much do I Need? Some semi-gloss and gloss paints can cover 600 square feet or more per gallon over existing painted surfaces. Primer over bare stucco might cover 80 square feet. The type of paint and surface covered are key.

Rollers and Brushes. Buy a good quality brush, roller, and roller cover (Purdy and Wooster are good brands). Angle cut brushes are best for corners and edges.

Caulking. Caulking prevents moisture entry into joints and cracks, and helps create a neat appearance in corners and at molding edges. For exterior use, I prefer Big Stretch brand paintable caulking, and for interior, acrylic caulk with silicone added. 100% silicone caulk is not paintable and is best left for caulking around shower doors, tubs, windows, doors, rain gutters, etc.

Great Advice. Read the directions on the can, and then follow them!

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