IT’S NOT “JUST PAINT” – TIPS FOR PAINTING SUCCESS!
It’s a simple step that we sometimes skip when we are eager to jump into a project. Every product is different and there are often excellent suggestions right on the paint can that will help make your project a success. Do your best to have all your questions answered before getting started.
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Have a good clean area to work in, and a good clean surface to paint on! Make sure all surfaces are thoroughly washed, dusted and vacuumed. Use a solution of mild powdered detergent and water, liquid cleaners can sometimes leave a film that can interfere with the adhesion of the paint.
Preparation will vary from job to job, but the best quality finished paint job depends a great deal on the preparation. Clean, spackle, repair and sand until the surface is smooth and ready for paint.
Primer isn’t always necessary, but in situations where primer is needed it can help create a good bond for the paint to adhere. Most better brands have created paint “systems” of primers to go with paints, and using them together will add life and longevity to your paint job as well as giving you the best color.
When you are painting with high quality paint brands that are using the best possible ingredients to make the paint, be sure to use a good quality brushes and rollers to apply the paints.
When painting with enamels, always sand lightly between coats with a 220-280 grit sandpaper. This allows for excellent adhesion and keeps your surface smooth as you go. In large areas, this can be done quickly with a pole sander. Always do a quick wipe down or vacuum after sanding and before the next coat.
Save your paint in an airtight sealed container should you need to touch up. Be sure to add a label with room and color to identify it later.
LASTLY . . .
Whether you are painting yourself or if you’ve hired a Professional to paint for you, BE IN THE KNOW. Understanding what goes into a good quality paint job will allow you to make sure all the steps are taken, and you will be on your way to the best possible end result.