Learn to paint wallpaper borders

Painted wall borders can add personal decorative touches to almost any room. Playful borders done in cookie cutter shapes give brightness and color to children’s rooms and play areas. Designs and shapes cut from potatoes can give a uniform, comfortable feel to dens and living rooms. Instead of reaching for expensive wallpaper border, try designing your own.

Measure a Border

You can measure a room border using several different methods. The easiest perhaps, is to use a yardstick or tape measure and mark off the desired height of the border. Once this is done, use a yardstick and pencil (or marking chalk and string) to mark the line uniformly on the walls to be painted.
Free–form borders are those which are not entirely uniform. Free form borders are perfect for play areas and children’s rooms. Splash designs in diagonal patterns, zig-zags, or any pattern you choose. You won’t need to measure free-form borders, though it’s a good idea to at least chalk a general pattern on the wall before you begin.

Cookie Cutter Borders

Common household cookie cutters can be used in more rooms than just the kitchen! Use cookie cutters to add color and playfulness to children’s rooms, bathrooms, or play rooms.

What you’ll Need

• Cookie cutters
• Acrylic paints
• Flat craft paintbrushes
• Pencil

1. Measure and mark your border. Cookie cutter borders can be done free-form, as well, adding to their playfulness.
2. Using a pencil or marking tool, trace around cookie cutter so that it leaves a visible mark on the area you’ll be painting. Continue tracing until you’ve covered the entire border area to be painted.
3. Using your paintbrush, paint inside the shapes you’ve just traced on to the wall.
4. If desired, outline each shape with a separate color or paint the color in between cutter shapes.

Tips, Tricks, and Ideas

Glow in the Dark paints can be used to paint stars, moons, suns and other shapes on a child’s bedroom ceiling.
USE different cookie cutter shapes to create a theme in a room. For example, a combination of hearts, hands, and gingerbread men make a nice touch in a nursery area.
Potato Print Borders
Potatoes provide creative minds with an inexpensive way to add design and flair to any room. With a little imagination, a few tools, and a couple vegetables, you can quickly become a seasoned interior designer. Potato printing is best done on flat surfaces, including walls, bookshelves, frames, and similar surfaces.

What you’ll Need

• Potatoes
• Felt-tip or craft marking pen
• Exacta or craft knife
• Flat dish

1. Measure and mark your border.
2. Cut a potato in half and clean thoroughly with warm water. Dry with paper towel.
3. Use a craft pen or felt-tip pen to draw a design, initials, or similar item on to the flat edge of the potato. If you make a mistake, simply trim away 1/2-inch of the potato with a sharp knife and begin again.
4. When you are satisfied with your design, use an exacta or craft knife to cut your design into the potato.
5. Pour your paint into a flat bottomed dish, such as a glass pie pan or paint lid.
6. Place the potato into the paint gently, so that the paint covers your design.
7. Try stamping a few “samples” on to a piece of paper first to make sure you’re satisfied with your design.
When you are, lightly stamp your design on to the wall using firm, even pressure and equal amounts of paint.

Tips, Tricks, and Ideas

You can also use pumpkin carving tools to design and scoop out your pattern from the potato.
USE stencils to trace intricate designs on potatoes.
You can make your own stencil by creating it on paper first and then pinning it to the potato. With a craft marking tool, trace and cut through your outline.
Designer Sponge Paint Borders
Household sponges can be used for more than just mopping up spills. The unique texture of sponges makes them an easy way to add a colorful border to almost any room!

What you’ll Need

• Sponges
• Pen
• Scissors
• Flat dish

1. Mark and measure your border.
2. Add warm water to a clean sponge and wring out so that it is only slightly damp.
3. Use a pen and make a design your sponge stamp. You can make a shape, initials, or multi-level pattern.
4. Cut the design from your sponge using a craft knife or scissors.
5. Pour small amount of paint into a shallow dish, such as a pie plate or paint cover.
6. Gently push your sponge into the paint. (You may want to practice applying your design to a sheet of paper first. When you’re satisfied with the appearance and technique you’ll use, continue.) Using a firm hand, gently push the sponge on to the wall in an even manner. Repeat around the entire border until you are satisfied with the appearance.

Tips, Tricks, and Ideas

USE a cookie cutter to cut fun shapes from sponges for children’s rooms, bathrooms, or play rooms.

1. Measure and mark your wall border.
2. Place small amount of acrylic paint into a shallow dish.
3. Gently push rubber stamp into paint.
4. Apply gentle pressure to the stamp as you place it against the wall. Firm, even pressure and a small amount of paint will ensure a uniform appearance.

Tips, Tricks, and Ideas

THE LARGER the stamp pattern, the easier it is to stamp your border.
Paint the inside of the stamp to add even more color and design to your border. Use acrylic paints and small craft brushes to detail stamp patterns.

How to Paint Concrete

A couple coats of paint can work wonders to spruce up concrete. Unpainted, concrete can be dull and grey looking. It adds nothing to interior or exterior design. Nevertheless, with a little hard work, you can completely transform that ugly concrete so that it becomes an integral part of any decor. Painting concrete is an affordable way to upgrade your floors, walls or ceilings.

It’s not hard to learn how to paint concrete, but it does require a significant time investment. Concrete is harder to paint than drywall, and it requires several more steps. If you’re planning on painting a concrete floor or indoor wall, you’ll need a brush, brush cleaner, a roller, primer/sealer, paint, trisodium phosphate (TSP), a bucket, scrub brush and a mop. If you are painting an exterior wall, a power washer will cut down on a lot of cleaning time. If you painting over a surface that has already been painted, you’ll need a scraper and a wire brush to scrape of old, flaking paint. Vacuum up all of the paint you scrape off.

A thorough cleaning of the surface to be painted is very important. It is crucial to remove any oil or grease from the surface. Large grease stains can be absorbed in part by kitty litter and then scrubbed out with the TSP solution using either a mop, a scrub brush or both. Be sure to rinse the floor thoroughly and let it dry for several days.

If you have any cracks or holes in your concrete, fix them before you paint. You can use a concrete patch, or hydraulic cement, to smooth over any rough surfaces or holes. Consult the manufacturers recommendations for how to apply the concrete patch and how long it should dry before being painted.

Before you begin painting a concrete floor, make sure the concrete is completely dry and free of leaks. You can test this by taping down pieces of plastic to the concrete so that they are air tight around the room. Leave them overnight and check to see if any condensation formed. If so, your concrete has not been properly sealed and needs to be before you can continue. You can apply a sealer yourself, or have a professional do it for best results. Sealers can be found at local hardware stores. Once your concrete is in good condition for painting, you need to apply a primer. If you are unsure as to which primer to choose, ask a professional. It’s a good idea to get a primer that is compatible with your sealer.

After your concrete has been sealed, primed and allowed to dry thoroughly, you can begin painting it the color of your choice. Be sure to buy a quality paint that is concrete compatible. If you’re painting a floor, you can choose to add floor additives to the paint that will make the surface less slippery or buy special floor paint. Don’t be alarmed if the paint looks lighter than you would want at first, it will dry darker. The best way to apply the paint is in thin layers; two to four should be enough. You can either use a roller or a paint compressor. Use the brush to get into delicate areas like the part near a baseboard or window. Let it dry between coats. If you’re painting a floor, remember to paint your way out the door, otherwise you will literally paint yourself into a corner.

You can achieve different patterns in your concrete floor if you use a little creativity. Faux stone floors can be achieved if you paint on the grout lines. Different colors can be used to create vein lines common to natural stone. If you have a large room like those in a loft, you can paint different colors in different areas to create separate spaces. First, you paint an all-over color and let it dry. Then just measure and tape off each section and choose complimentary colors to fill them in.

The last step in how to paint concrete is applying a sealer if you’re painting a floor. Sealers are often noxious, so be sure to keep the area well ventilated and wear a mask. A coat or two of a quality sealer will protect your now beautifully painted floors for many years to come.

Paint Terms

When reading the paint can, you may come across one or more of these interior paint terms:

Hiding power – The ability of a paint to obscure or hide the surface to which it is applied. Hiding power is provided by the paint’s pigment. Hiding power is affected by how thickly the paint tends to apply and how well brush marks flow out.

Adhesion – The ability of the paint to grip or adhere to a surface.

Spatter resistance – The tendency of paint to throw off small droplets during application, particularly by roller. Paints with good spatter resistance are easier and more pleasant to use.

Color acceptance – The development to its full intended color whether application is by spray, brush or roller.

Touchup – The capability of paint to produce the same appearance when used for touchup as when the paint was originally applied.

Stain resistance – The capability of the paint to resist retention of household dirt and stains.

Stain removability – The ease with which stains, dirt or grime can be removed from the surface.

Scrub resistance – The capability of the paint to maintain its color when subjected to repeated washing or scrubbing.

Burnish resistance – The capability of a paint to resist taking on an increase in gloss or sheen when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or bumping an object against it.

Block resistance – The capability of a paint, when applied to two surfaces, not to stick to itself upon contact when pressure is applied. Good block resistance helps keep a door or window from sticking.

Print resistance – The ability of a paint to resist marking or taking on the imprint of an object that is placed on it, such as a shelf with books on it.

How to Paint a room for the first time

So, you’ve just been asked to help assist your friend in painting their new apartment, or you’ve just moved into your own new place or even home. You’ve never painted before; either you’ve relied on someone else to do it, or hired professional help to take care of it. Now, you want to cut some costs and have heard about others painting for themselves. Well, you can do it, too, with a little elbow grease and a few simple instructions.

Determine Your Needs

Take a good hard look at your place and what you hope to accomplish via color and accent. If you’re planning to “lighten things up”, you may want to choose extremely light pastel paints, which almost look like white, but are tinged with color (i.e., green or pink).

What to Look For

Paint comes in cans or buckets. You are better off buying the buckets which are usually premixed and less expensive. Just let the paint person know at the store what “type” of paint you’ll need and for what purpose. Then, fine tune things and choose your favorite color. Paint “types” includes matte, semi-gloss, full-gloss and eggshell. You can also get either the water or oil based types.

Buying the Paint and Supplies

Some other supplies that are essential to painting that you should be looking for in the painting section are: primer, brushes, rollers, masking tape, paint trays and plastic paint drop cloths. Even a bunch of inexpensive rubber gloves are very helpful. You should purchase all of these things at once if you do not have them at home, as it won’t be very convenient or wise to go back and get these items later on.

From the Trenches

Make sure that there is plenty of ventilation before you begin painting a room. You should always begin a paint job in your oldest and worst clothes, because it is guaranteed that you’ll be covered with spots and blotches of paint as you go along.

1. Try to clean the room and sweep and dust as much as possible beforehand. This only makes is easier and neater to paint. Mask any areas that are delicate before hand well.

2. If there are any outstanding holes or imperfections in your walls, it makes sense to spackle them beforehand, so that things look crisp and clear later on.

3. There is some rhyme and reason to painting a room and an order should be followed. This is an example order: ceilings first, then walls, then doors, and lastly windows.

4. As for strokes, try to keep them neat and even. It is a good idea to prime, then, do your first coat, let that dry, and do a second coat. Or, if your paint is a one-coater, then you won’t have to paint the second time around. Try not to put too much or too little paint on the roller or brush. Keep it steady and light.

5. Make sure all brushes are soaked well overnight. Allow the walls to dry, preferably overnight, or with a fan blowing on them. You may preserve the paint on the rollers, by wrapping the rollers in plastic wrap and putting them in the freezer or refrigerator overnight. This way, they won’t get hard and dry.

Paint a Popcorn Ceiling

Texture-sprayed ceilings with the appearance of “popcorn” or “cottage cheese” are very difficult to keep clean; cobwebs and dust around vents can be removed by holding the wand of a vacuum about an inch from the surface of the ceiling; however, more forceful action such as sweeping can remove the loose “popcorn” like texture. If an acoustic ceiling is discolored from age, however, there is really no way to “clean” it.

It’s not recommended to roll paint on an acoustic ceiling, as it is very porous. It will absorb a great deal of paint and it’s nearly impossible to achieve even coverage. Often, the entire layer of the “cottage cheese” texture will come right off on the roller, leaving a bare strip of drywall.

The most efficient way to paint a textured ceiling is with spray paint — a flat latex. It’s a difficult job, best left to a professional. One possible complication is the fact that asbestos was widely used in textured ceiling spray prior to 1980.

Service professionals can usually respray the acoustic ceilings in the average sized home in less than a day for about the same price as materials alone to paint it. It is also possible to have the entire acoustic layer removed and retextured like the walls, leaving them much easier to maintain, sweep and paint.


Painting tips & tricks of the day

The easiest way to paint a ceiling is with a roller and an extension handle. This allows you to stand on the floor while you paint. If need be, you can use a stepladder, but it is much slower going and awkward. Start in the corner of the room and work your way across the narrowest dimension of the room with a band about 4 feet wide. Continue back and forth across the room until you are finished.

When the ceiling is dry, you can start painting the walls. Start by using a brush to paint corners, ceiling lines and areas adjacent to woodwork. Paint one entire wall or area at a time.

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.

How to Patch Peeling Paint

Tools

Putty knife or paint scraper, flexible wallboard knife, and 150-grit sandpaper.

Materials

Spackle

Method

1. Using a putty knife or a paint scraper, remove the loose paint from the wall.

2. Using a putty knife or flexible wallboard knife, apply spackle over the scraped area on the wall. Let the spackle dry completely.

3. Smooth the patch with 150-grit sandpaper until the edges have disappeared into the wall surface.

4. Using a paintbrush, apply a coat of matching paint to the wall. Feather the edges of the paint into the surrounding surface to blend the edges of the patch with the wall using 180 — 220 grit sandpaper.

5. To complete, insure there is one full cover coat of primer before finish coat of paint.


Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.

How to paint

“INTERIOR”

Make sure there is adequate ventilation in the room. Open windows and run a fan.

Move furniture to the center of the room and cover with drop cloths. Take down all curtains, drapes and rods and remove all switch and outlet plates.

The proper sequence in which to paint a room is as follows:

1. Ceiling
2. Walls
3. Windows
4. Doors and trim
5. Baseboards.

Testing Your Color Choice

It can be difficult to look at a small paint chip and determine how a color will appear when it’s applied to a whole wall. Here are some ways to help make sure that you will be happy with your color choice:

When evaluating your options, conceal all the colors on the color card except for the one you are considering. This will give a truer picture of that color.

Examine the color under both artificial and natural light.

Before painting an entire room, apply the color to various 3-foot-by-3-foot test areas. Check the appearance of the colors at different times of day; see how they look in daylight hours (morning, noon, evening) and at night. Some colors take on a different appearance under different lighting conditions.

Be aware that the color will be more intense on a large area than it seems on the color card. It’s always safe to choose a neutral color. If you’re choosing a bold color, choose one shade lighter than the one you like on the card. Its intensity will change when applied to the larger area.


Interior Painting – Frequently asked questions

Can I paint directly over wallpaper?
No. Wallpaper can be painted over with the proper preparations. Be sure to remove any loose wallpaper, scuff/sand the surface, then apply interior oil-based primer.

Can I apply latex paint over oil based paint?
Yes. Be sure to prepare the surface properly before painting. Oil-based paints should be sanded to a flat finish before painting. After rinsing, apply Dutch Boy® oil-based primer and apply desired latex paint.

Can I apply paint directly over a semi-gloss paint?
No. Semi-gloss paint must be dulled to a flat finish by sanding*, allowing proper adhesion. Removing or disturbing old paint from interior or exterior surfaces by sanding, scraping, abrading or other means may produce dust, debris or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust, debris or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children and pregnant women. Structures built before 1978 should be tested by a licensed inspector prior to removing or disturbing old paint.

Can I use exterior paint on the inside of my house?
No. Exterior paints are formulated to be more flexible to withstand temperature and climate change.

How can I best prepare my walls before I paint?
Walls that have never been painted should have a recommended primer applied before painting. For previously painted walls, thoroughly wash them with a mild soap and water solution, then rinse with clean water. If your existing surface was painted previously with semi-gloss paint, the surface should be lightly sanded to a duller finish. If the walls have not been painted in five years or longer or are stained then primer should be used.

How much paint do I need?
To achieve one-coat coverage, paint should be applied at a maximum of 400 square feet per gallon. Rough or textured surfaces may require more paint. On these areas allow for 125-300 square feet per gallon.

How do I prepare the surface?
As a general rule, all surfaces should be clean before painting. Remove any loose, peeling paint, and/or any other substrate that is on the surface*. Scrub all surfaces to remove all dirt, grease, oil, etc. Rinse surface well and allow to dry. Apply appropriate patching material to cracks, nail holes, or other surface imperfections, sand smooth, and remove sanding dust.

*If your existing surface is glossy, dull surface by sanding or use an abrasive cleaner. Remove any residue.

How do I take care of my freshly painted surface?
Freshly painted surfaces may be washed after 30 days. Avoid touching, wiping, or wetting any freshly painted surface for 30 days. After that time dirt and stains may be removed with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and water. Do not place objects on windowsills and shelves until paint is thoroughly dry.

How long should I wait before applying a second coat of paint?
A second coat of latex paint may be applied 6 hours after the first coat. With oil-based paint, you should wait 24 hours between coats.

Should I paint the trim before or after I roll the walls?
The wall area around the doors and windows and along the ceiling should be cut in with a brush, this will prevent the wall from having an obvious and unsightly picture frame effect. Then, the main part of the wall can be painted with a roller, rolling into these areas.

Why do I need to use a primer?
Primers are specifically formulated to seal porous surfaces, block stains, as well as to insure the proper adhesion of the topcoat and produce the best possible coverage.

What is the proper order to follow when painting a room?
When painting a room, the ceiling should be painted first, followed by the walls, then the trim (including doors and windows) and finally the baseboards.

When should I apply?
Room and surface temperature should be between 50 and 85 degrees. Paint dries best between 65F and 85F. Allow at least 4 hours of drying time before recoating.

What is the proper rolling technique?
Fully load the roller with paint by dipping the entire cover deep into the tray of paint. Carry as much paint to the surface as possible. Make a letter “V” in a small 2 foot by 2 foot area with a generous roller load of paint. Fill in the “V”, spreading the paint evenly from left to right. Lightly smooth out with downward motions. Repeat “V” with a freshly loaded roller for every 2 x 2 foot area.

How to paint furniture

Here are some simple ways to transform an old piece of furniture into a work of art! If you have any painting skills whatsoever, you can easily accomplish this craft. Your “new” piece of furniture will keep its look for years if the directions are followed closely. After practicing on a few simple pieces, you may find yourself providing your new skill for friends and relatives (and maybe making a little money)!. A few supplies that you will need are:

• Medium sandpaper (not too rough or fine)
• Flat, white, interior house paint
• Pencil
• Colorful, acrylic, craft paints
• Black (or other dark color) paint pen
• Clear, poly-acrylic paint (available at hardware stores, no fumes, easy clean)
• 2 or 3 inch fine house paint brush
• Small paint brushes

Step 1: Choose a simple-shaped, small piece of furniture (footstool, end-table) if you are a beginner, so as not to be overwhelmed by a huge project.

Step 2: Use the sand paper to slightly texture all exterior surfaces

Step 3: Paint the furniture white.

Step 4: Let the paint dry thoroughly (sunshine works the best!).

Step 5:  Use the pencil to draw the image, design or pattern of your choice onto the furniture surface (creative ideas below).

Step 6: Fill in the penciled shapes with bright colors of your choice. There is a wide variety of craft-paint colors to choose from. You can coordinate your color choices to match a room!

Step 7: Let the paint dry (sunshine works best!).

Step 8: Outline your images with the black (or coordinating dark color) paint pen.

Step 9: Coat entire furniture piece with clear coating.

Step 10: Once again, let dry!

YOU’RE ALL DONE!

Here are some creative images to paint on your furniture: polka dots, stripes, flowers, zig zags, copy a child’s drawing onto the seat of a stool, fish, smiley-faces, and on and on!

How To Applying Paint onto Brick

Don’t Forget: Before painting your brick, PainterClick recommends to use a primer to promote adhesion and the durability of the topcoat. The how-to below is shown with a properly primed surface.

Brush (Cutting In)

1. Using a stir stick, thoroughly stir the paint.

2. Load a 2-3″ wide brush by dipping 1/3 of the bristle length into the paint.

3. Remove excess paint from the brush by tapping the bristles against the inside of the bucket.

4. Starting in the top corner, cut in a 3-4″ wide area around the perimeter of the brick.

5. Brush the paint from the non-painted area to the previously applied areas.

6. Reload the brush as necessary to maintain a wet edge, approximately every 4-6″.

7. Repeat steps until the perimeter of the brick is complete.

Rolling

1. Pour the paint into a paint tray or a 5-gallon bucket.

2. Place an appropriate size nap roller onto a roller frame.

3. Dip roller cover completely into the paint covering the entire nap area.

4. Remove excess paint from roller cover by rolling onto the ribbed section of the paint tray or bucket grid.

5. Starting in an upper corner of the wall, place the loaded roller cover approximately 3-4″ away from the cut in area.

6. Working in a 3′ X 3′ area, roll a “W” onto the wall.

7. Continue rolling from the top edge of the wall to the bottom. Roll into the cut in area.

8. Reload as necessary.

9. Continue applying, starting with the “W” technique 3-4″ away from the last section applied. Working from the top down being careful to back roll the width of the roller being used into the last section applied.

10. Continue until the wall is completely covered.

Exterior Cracking Flaking Exterior Paint Solution

Cracking Flaking: The splitting of a dry paint film through at least one coat, which will lead to complete failure of the paint. Early on, the problem appears as hairline cracks; later, flaking of paint chips occurs.

Possible Causes:

Use of a lower quality paint that has inadequate adhesion and flexibility.

Over thinning the paint or spreading it t(x) thin.

Poor surface preparation, especially when the paint is applied to bare wood without priming.

Painting under cool or windy conditions that make latex paint dry too fast.

Solution:

It may be possible to correct cracking that does not go down to the substrate by removing the loose or flaking paint with a scraper or wire brush, sanding to feather the edges, priming any bare spots and repainting. If the cracking goes down to the substrate, remove all of the paint by scraping, sanding and/or use of a heat gun; then prime and repaint with a quality exterior latex paint.


Exterior Painting – Frequently asked questions

Can I paint over aluminum/vinyl siding?
Yes. Always make sure the surface is cleaned to remove any chalk or dirt. Never apply paint that is darker than the original painted surface on vinyl siding.

Do I need to wash my house before I paint?
Yes. Surfaces must be clean before painting. Thoroughly wash with a house cleaner and water solution, making sure to remove any and all mildew. Rinse and allow to dry.

How much paint do I need?
Be sure to utilize our Paint Gallon Calculator in the Project Planner section to help you determine how many cans to buy for your next project.

To achieve one-coat coverage, paint should be applied at a maximum of 400 square feet per gallon. Rough or textured surfaces may require more paint. On these areas allow for 25-30 square feet per gallon. Some bright colors may require multiple costs to achieve sufficient hide.

How do I apply the paint?
When using more than one gallon of the same product, mix the gallons together to insure color and sheen uniformity. Two coats of this paint will provide maximum protection.

How do I paint shingles & shakes?
Shingles offer natural breaking points, paint in a vertical direction.

How do I care for freshly painted surfaces?
We suggest not washing your newly painted surface for at least 30 days. After that time, dirt and stains may be removed using a mild, non-abrasive cleanser and water.

I have never painted the exterior of my home before….?
When painting the exterior of your home always start with a clean surface; paint one side of the house at a time, starting with the highest point; apply a full even coat to one side of the house at a time and always paint the trim last.

What conditions are best for painting my house?
Generally you should only paint when the surface is between 50F and 85F. High temperatures cause the water in the paint to evaporate too quickly, while low temperatures prevent latex from covering properly. Always avoid painting in direct sunlight, strong winds, or when rain is expected within 8 hours.

What tools do I need?
Depending on your project and the type of structure you are painting, paints may be applied with a nylon/polyester brush, a paint pad or spray unit.

What is the proper way to use spray equipment?
It is always safe to operate spray equipment with safety cautions. Use respiratory and eye protection. All spray units are different and it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.