More is not always better and less might not be either. See some examples below but ask a professional to determine what’s best!
This is a question we hear a lot. We hear it from people who just moved into a house with wallpapered walls they don’t like. The rumor you often hear is that you can’t paint over wallpaper, that you have to go through a massive stripping effort before paint can safely be applied. This is only true in some instances.
This happens when paint detaches from the surface.
Prevent: Paint only on clean, dry surfaces. Cover stains with a good primer. Don’t paint in weather that’s particularly hot and humid. Don’t let moisture come in contact with the surface until paint is thoroughly dry.
- 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
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
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
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.
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!
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!