Paint Tips

What is Paint?
Paint consists of:

• Pigments for color.
• Binders that hold the pigments together.
• Liquid that disperses and delivers the pigments.
• Additives that supply traits such as moisture resistance.

More Painting Tips

Paint Safety
Before beginning any paint project, make certain you are working in a well ventilated room.

Clean As You Go
When painting, keep a damp rag handy to clean up as you go. It’s much easier to clean paint that is still wet.

Paintbrush Overload
For a quicker and more efficient paint job, don’t overload the paintbrush or roller. If it drips, there’s too much paint.

Door Painting
When you’re painting a door, waiting between coats for each side to dry can be time consuming. Here’s a shortcut. First, drive nails into the four corners and attach a length of rope. Loop each rope once around a rafter or beam. After painting one side, you can flip the work over, unlooping the ropes, to paint the other side.

Paint Spray Technique
Using a paint sprayer can give you some versatility for your next project. Using a spray gun rather than a roller or brush allows you the option of varying color schemes by fading and layering colors. You can achieve this by moving closer or farther away from your surface. To ensure a smooth finish, move at a consistent speed across your surface and remember to always clean your machine and hoses to avoid clogging.

Power Paint Sprayer
Use a power sprayer to cut days off your next big exterior paint job. Apply a thin coat first as a primer, using even, steady strokes that overlap. Start at the bottom and work your way up, so you can get at the underside of your clapboards or shingles. Allow this coat to dry and apply final coats the same way. Remember to keep the sprayer and its attachments clean and clog-free.

Paintbrush cleaning
Cleaning paintbrushes is a messy job, but someone’s got to do it. First wipe off as much excess as you can. If you’re using latex paint, work the bristles in warm soapy water. For oil-based paint, first clean brushes in a glass or metal container in an inch of solvent, then use warm soapy water. Smooth clean bristles with an old comb.

Painting Time
When painting a room which has surfaces that are in good shape, plan on spending about half as much time on preparation and clean-up as the actual painting. Where surfaces are in poor shape, non-painting time will increase accordingly, and may take more time than the paint application itself. To save time in cleaning up paint trays, either line them with aluminum foil before starting, or simply slip smaller trash bags over them.

Carrying Paint
Smaller quart-size paint cans are hard to carry and easy to tip over. To avoid these problems, try this: Put the quart paint can inside of an empty gallon can that has a handle. It will be easier to carry and, if it spills inside of the larger can, you can just pour the paint back into the quart can.

Painter tape
When masking off areas around trim etc. Use quality painters tape. This tape is wider than most masking tape, it doesn’t absorb the paint and is easy to apply and remove. It usually comes with an adhesive strip along one edge which covers about a 1/3 of the width of the tape. Don’t use plain old masking tape.

Paint Storage
To prevent air from entering partially used paint cans, store them upside down after placing the top on firmly.

Paint Tips

1. Extend the life of your paint job.

Never start a painting project without proper preparation, such as thorough cleaning of the surface, removal of old peeling paint and use of a primer if required. Time spent on preparation will improve the look and life of your paint job.


2. Get rid of surface mildew.

Mold and mildew usually appear as a brown or black staining on the surface and will continue reappearing after each paint job unless eliminated. Wash the affected areas with a mixture of one part household bleach and three parts warm soapy water, then rinse.

3. Store brushes in the freezer overnight.

Brushes and roller sleeves used with oil-based paint can be temporarily kept soft by being wrapped in aluminum foil, placed in a plastic bag and stored in the freezer. This saves clean-up time and trouble when you plan to resume painting in the next day or two.

4. Take good care of your painting tools.

Wash brushes used with latex paint in warm (dish) soapy water. Leave a little soap in the brush and wrap in wax paper to preserve the softness and shape.
Comb brushes and rollers after cleaning to eliminate excess fuzz and remove loose bristles.

5. Don’t let shrubbery eat your fresh paint job.

Before painting exterior siding, tie back any shrubs or branches that may scratch the fresh paint. Leave tied back for a week to allow complete drying.

6. Keep records.

Always keep a record of the paint used as well as the color code. You’ll be glad you did when down the road you discover you need more paint for a touch up or another coat.

7. Avoid painting in direct sunlight.

Heat blistering may result if a hot sun causes too rapid drying of the paint film, trapping solvents which later vaporize and put pressure against the topcoat. This is most common with dark color coatings which are naturally heat absorbent.

8. Check the compatibility of the products you use.

For example, when filling seams on new plywood sheeted sundecks, be sure the filler you use is compatible with the deck coating you intend to use.

9. Take advantage of specialty brushes.

Use an angled brush for sash areas and corners.

10. Line your paint tray.

Use foil as this makes changing the color or type of paint fast and easy.

11. Tip the paint can.

Keep paint in prime condition by storing the container upside down. Make sure the lip of the can is cleaned before sealing.

12. Keep the bugs away.

Put a few drops of wintergreen in exterior oil to reduce the attraction of bugs and flies around the freshly painted surface.

13. Use an extension handle.

An extension handle can eliminate use of ladder in many cases and thus increase safety, speed and mobility. Most people are aware that extension handles can be used with rollers, but not many know that a brush attachment is available for extension painting of edges and corners.

14. Protect your windows.

When painting exterior windows, leave approximately 1/8″ of paint extending onto the windowpane. This will provide a waterproof seal that will extend the life of the paint film and also protect the window putty.

15. Read the fine print.

Almost everything you need to know about your paint job is written on the back of the paint can.

12 Quick Paint Tips

1. When painting metal garage doors, use acrylic latex paint rather than oil type.

2. Before caulking around a bathtub, always fill tub to overflow and leave overnight to cure.

3. Never plant tall trees under hydro lines or close to the north side of a home.

4. When planting grass seed under trees or on shaded areas, use a shade mixture.

5. When building a wood fence, always apply an oil primer first before painting with acrylic latex.

6. Building a drip through deck; use Deckster strips and screw down boards from underside.

7. When building a wood deck, always use Mill Glaze Away before finish coat.

8. When using oil paint, use pure bristle brushes and nylon or polyester with latex.

9. When disposing of old paint, always take it to an Environmental Centre.

10. Powerwashing of concrete or wood with greater than 1000 p.s.i. can badly damage the surface.

11. When re-roofing your home, consider 30—40 year warranty product, fibreglass reinforced.

12. Roof ventilation should be balanced; 50% in the soffit, 50% on the roof, preferably ridge type.