LEVY’S PAINTING TIPSWe are not only dedicated to providing the best services to customers that choose us for their commercial or residential painting needs, but also dedicated to assisting those that still prefer to perform such painting services themselves. Here are some tips that you can use to paint like a professional and get the best out of your commercial or residential property. Many of these tips are applicable whether your canvas is the interior or exterior of your property and most require only cheap additions to your painting arsenal.
#1: Keeping Track of Paint ColorsSome paint colors are so close that it can be difficult to match your previously painted home or business with the paint at the store when you need to repair scratches or touch up the surface. If you keep track of the color in a notebook or on the paint can, there is still a danger that you will lose your note keeping device in the months that it can take before repainting is necessary. However, one of the ways that you can make sure that you keep track of the paint color and type that you need is to write it on the back of a light switch panel. By doing this, you will likely discover the information while removing these covers before repainting – even if you have forgotten where you wrote it down. Many people actually go as far as to write down the serial number for easy access later.
#2: Using Paint PrimerOne of the reasons that many amateur paint jobs end up looking dull or listless once they are dry is that the painter fails to use a primer before applying the first coat of paint. Primer is actually one of the most important parts of the process. It keeps stains or imperfections from the deeper layers of the wall from showing through your paint, helps your paint to spread evenly to the wall without significant blisters and increases the time between paint jobs. It also helps the layer of paint appear much more bright and vibrant.
If you are painting with a lighter color over a darker color, one of the ways that you can make sure you hide the underlying color is by mixing a small amount of the paint with the primer before applying it. This is only possible if both your paint and primer are of the same type (latex or oil). You do not need much paint in the mix but you should be able to tell that the primer is shifting towards the paint color.
#3: Finding a Good Time to Paint ExteriorsWhen you decide to paint the exterior of your home or business, pay attention to what the weather will do during the day before getting set up. For the best drying times, avoid painting when the temperature is below 60 degrees F or when it exceeds 90 degrees F. In addition, avoid painting when it is raining or windy outside. The rain can dilute your paint before it has a chance to dry. Wind can blow dirt onto your fresh paint or cause it to dry far too quickly. If you can, avoid painting in direct sunlight. Not only will this make painting a much more tiresome task, it will cause other adverse effects as well.
#4: Making Clean Up EasierBefore pouring paint in your roller tray, consider lining it with aluminum foil or a plastic liner. You can throw those materials away after the paint job is complete and reduce the amount of clean up time necessary. Also, try to avoid using the side of a paint brush when covering the corners of your room. You can increase the life span of your flat paint brushes and make the job cleaner by sticking to the flat side – brushing in downward strokes from the corner. If two colors are meeting in that corner, you can use masking tape on the dry surfaces to avoid splatters or bleed over. Once the other surface is dry, you can switch the tape to the other side and complete the job.
If dirt or other debris gets inside the paint can while you are painting an exterior, there is no need to despair. You can cut some spare wire screen (from a screen door or window is best as it is cheaply available at your local home supply store) and place it on the top of the paint. It will not immediately sink. However, as you continue painting and the level lowers, the screen will continue to drop and take the debris with it. Once it gets to the bottom, you can simply throw the can away – but you still will have saved a great deal of paint from the garbage can.