Problems from a home paint job

A variety of things can affect the quality of a home paint job.

The primary reasons paint jobs don’t turn out the way the painter intended usually fall into the following categories:

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Handy Winter Painting Check List

  • To avoid lingering paint odors, use low-VOC or no-VOC paints from a trusted manufacturer
  • Keep rooms and walls at a moderate temperature (no less than 40 degrees) so the paint will create a solid bond with the walls

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Press tape with a putty knife

Nothing is more discouraging when you’ve finished painting than to peel tape off the woodwork and discover the paint bled through. To avoid the pain-in-the-neck chore of scraping off the paint, do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you start. Continue reading

Use Tinted Primer

Before the we paint walls, we fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound. But if you paint directly over it, the compound will suck the moisture out of the paint, giving it a flat, dull look (a problem called “flashing”). Continue reading

Is your surface Oil or Latex?

When painting over existing paint, it is important to know whether the old paint is latex or oil.
To find out, do this simple test. Rub a rag or cotton ball soaked in denatured alcohol over the painted surface. If your rag or cotton ball has paint on it, the surface is latex. If not, the surface is oil based paint. If it is oil based paint, you will need coat of oil based primer before starting.

 

Sanding Tip!

If the trim is new or already smooth, lightly sand using a 120-grit sandpaper until all shine disappears from the trim. If the trim is rough and worn, start by sanding with a coarse, 80-grit sandpaper. Then, move to a less-coarse sandpaper such as 100 or 200-grit to smooth the surface.

If you do not want to worry about messing anything up, Call us. Sanding is one part of our process in making your home beautiful!

Choosing the right paint brush!

Square or flat brushes are generally used for painting large areas in less time.

Angle or chiseled brushes are used for cutting into corners, painting trim, molding, window frames and sills.

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Choosing the right paint sheen!

A paint’s finish, or “sheen” refers to the surface texture the paint creates as well as how much light bounces off of the painted surface.

When in doubt, an “eggshell” finish is always a safe bet. It has a soft, washable look that works well in living rooms, family rooms and hallways. Eggshell finishes are low gloss, but more reflective than flat sheen’s. Eggshell also is more easily cleaned that a flat finish and is more durable.

No need to sweat over which sheen to use, call us, let us sweat for you!

Paint Colors

Color can affect how a room looks and feels, and can dramatically change your sense of space. As a general rule for interior painting projects, dark colors can make spaces feel smaller-or cozy, if that’s the effect you are going for-while light colors will make spaces fell larger. Light colors are ideal to make smaller spaces seem bigger than they truly are.

Click on our Sherwin-Williams link to go to the color-snap visualizer to help you. If you need more help, contact us and we can have a Sherwin Williams Rep come to your house and recommend the right colors and paint so it is warranted by them and guaranteed by us.

Ready to Paint your Interior?

Make Sure you do the Prep Work!

  • Remove draperies, pictures, mirrors, hardware (if possible), and receptacle cover plates
  • Move all furniture to the center of the room, if possible. Cover all furniture with drop cloths

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