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Here are some handy tips, which will help you while painting:
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- Before you begin to paint, make sure your walls are properly repaired.
- When using fine sandpaper on an orbital sander, fold the sandpaper over before putting it on the sander. This will help stop the sandpaper from tearing.
- Test old paint by cutting a cross in it with sharp knife, then stick some tape over it and rip it off quickly. If comes off with tape, youíll have to strip the old paint.
- Removing all handles and fittings before painting makes things easier than having to paint carefully around them.
- When spraying a surface, always mask surrounding surfaces to avoid staining them.
- Make sure the area to be painted is well ventilated and free from dust. As far as possible, donít paint under overly humid conditions.
- If youíre taking a break from paint, covering wet brushes and rollers with cling wrap will stop painting drying on them.
- When painting, work in sections of 1-2 feet, overlapping slightly the area just done creates a smooth harmonious finish.
- Stir and strain the paint thoroughly before application, because paints tend to settle to a certain extent in the can. Then make sure the paint is thinned to ensure adequate application viscosity.
- To check if a solvent based paint is dry enough for a recoat, sand a small area with fine sandpaper. If it powders easily, itís ready for a recoat.
- On hot days, spay down exterior surfaces with water. It will stop the paint from drying too quick and makes applications easier.
- If finish is patchy or uneven, apply an extra coat of primer as the surface might be highly absorbent.
- If you wear glasses, put cling wrap over the lens to stop paint on them.
- On hot days, when using water based paints, it's a good idea to keep a spare brush or roller handy in a bucket of water and change them every 45 minutes. It will make the paint go on easier and reduce clogging.
- Always clean spilled/splashed paint with the recommended thinner while it is still wet.
- Use a little dishwashing detergent to clean latex paint from applicators. Mineral spirits will clean solvent-based paint, brushes and rollers may have to be soaked or agitated in order to dissolve paint.
The following are required for painting the your home.
- Paint Can opener or broad lever like bake of a kitchen knife. Using a screwdriver to open paint cans damage the rim, which prevents the can from sealing.
- Fine grained sandpaper
- Heavy-duty sponge
- Bucket with handle
- Heavy-duty roller and pan
- Patching compound
- TSP cleaner
- The paint should be bought only from an authorized dealer. Accompany the painter to the dealer's, if possible.
- Buy ready-made shades as far as possible. Mixing and tinting of shades should be avoided, because you may not get exactly the same results from wall to wall.
- To save on costs, buy paint in the largest pack sizes possible
- Over-estimate the amount of paint you'll need, you don't want to run out of paint in the middle of a job.
- If your surface area is rough or textured, you could need up to 15% more paint, because there is actually more surface area to paint.
- To give a room a more open feeling, always paint the ceiling a light color. For walls, it is just the same. Light
color paints appear to recede into walls, giving the sensation of greater space. Dark
colored paints make a room seem more intimate.