The first step in a quality exterior painting job, or in any painting project for that matter, is start with a clean surface. This means that you will need to power wash. You probably will need to rent a power washer - something you can do at any major hardware or tool rental store. You will need a ladder to powerwash, depending on the height of your home you will need either an extension or step ladder. (or both)...you can rent a powerwasher for about $100 a day. You can rent ladders for about $40 a week.Once you have all of this equipment you should power wash every surface that you plan to paint, making sure to use proper technique so as not to leave wand marks due to the extreme water pressure. It is good to use a watered down mixture of bleach and sodium tri-phosphate to kill and prevent mildew and mold and to wash away chalking. Often people ask, what is chalking? This is that chalk like substance that sticks to your hand when you touch the unwashed parts of your home, that is … [Read more...] about Painting the Exterior of Your Home – Do it Yourself, Or Hire a Professional?
Prepping trim for paint
Oil-Based vs. Water-Based PaintWhen it comes to picking paint, selection begins with choosing between oil-based and water-based paints. For hundreds of years, people have been using oil-based paints for their impermeability and toughness.Unlike water, oil does not dry by evaporation. It dries through a process of oxidation that converts the oil into a polymer chain. This means that the layer formed will be resilient and long lasting, and will withstand the degenerative effects of water and air longer than water-based paints. There are, however, several disadvantages to oil-based paints. First of all, oil paints take longer to dry than water-based paints, have a strong odor that lingers long after the paint has been applied, and contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).The paint pigment in oil paint is suspended in the solvent. VOCs are found in this solvent and are released as the paint is drying or being cured. VOCs are harmful to occupant health and the environment. Indoor air … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know Before Your Next Paint Job
Every good paint job requires some prep work. I believe if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well.First, talk to your parents about all your required materials e.g. drywall mud (compound), putty knives, scrapers, sandpaper, painter's tape, brushes, rollers - and of course, how much paint you'll need.Second, call in the troops - gather as many friends together as can reasonably fit in your teen room and be productive; and turn the event into a fun painting party. As an incentive promise your friends you'll order pizza afterwards and return the favor when it comes time to makeover their own bedrooms (which chances are good they'll be doing sooner than later once they see how awesome your teen room turned out).Okay, now let's get down to it.Step 1Dress for the occasion. Think function vs. fashion. You and your friends should be comfortably attired in clothes you don't mind getting paint splatters on. Tie your hair up, put on some continuous play music and get started.Step 2Undress you … [Read more...] about How To Prep Your Teen Room For Painting
PROFESSIONAL NOTE: To achieve the best results from your interior paint project, apply the primer and base coat with good quality paint, brushes, rollers and application tools. You will be surprised how your interior paint project will be effortless in helping you to apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint for a better-looking, longer-lasting paint job.Gather Materials and Supplies:LadderPlastic water bucketGlovesRagsTSP (optional for cleaning oil and Grime)liquid soapScrewdriverDrop cloths (plastic and cloth) or sheetsBlue painter's tape (with and without paper attached)Old paintbrushes or china bristle brushes for dustingSpackling compound5-in-1 tool or wide bladeLatex caulk220-grit sandpaperLatex primerLatex paint, eggshell or satin sheenPlastic 2 gallon Paint BucketPaint tray, paint roller and 3/8" roller cover2" - 3" Quality nylon/polyester brushPaint BasicsAcrylic Paint?Latex paints are not all the same. Now the term "latex" includes all water-based paints. High-performance … [Read more...] about Interior Wall Painting Techniques – Project Prep to How to and Do it Yourself
Learning to paint in your home can be an easy project and provide a quick way to beautify your home. When painting, there are two basic types of paints that can be used inside the home. Water based latex paints are good for using on the walls. Oil based paints are the other choice. Oil based paints are the best choice for painting trims, doors and areas of high traffic.Oil based paints are sometimes a little more difficult to use that water based latex paint. Oil based paints are thicker than latex paint so it will require different kinds of brushes and rollers. Also, when using oil based paints, it is a good idea to paint in a well ventilated area. It does have a stronger odor. The good thing about oil based paint is that it can be bought at any paint store and tinted to almost any color. Oil based paints are also called solvents and made from a mixture of resin and oils.When looking at oil based paints, it is important to remember that most of the time you will need to prime the area … [Read more...] about Five Reasons to Use Oil-Based Paints for Home Projects