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.