How do you know which paint to use? There are so many choices and each day adds another one. You can decide by answering a few basic questions. What is it that you want to paint? Where is the area located? Interior or Exterior, or both? What are your expectations as to the longevity and degree of wear and tear the area must handle? What color has to do with my paint choice. The first choice is what will be painted? Is the surface rough, smooth wood, vinyl or multiple variations of the before items
Each substrate requires a different product. At tegreypainting.com we have educated ourselves about each substrate their requrements and which to use in each situation. Vinyl for instance can be painted without any primers. Other substrates require special primers. Are you blocking out stains, grafattie, dirt, or maybe a very dark color? The primers are all different for each problem. Knowing which to use is as important as the paint you need for finishing the project. Paint has a minimum and maximium temperature which it can be applied. The label on each can will tell you the boundries you must follow for application. Exterior and interior paint has different additives allowing for temperature, moisture, color retention as well as mold and UV rays. Using the proper interior or exterior paint is a must.
Many times people believe using an exterior paint in the interior is OK. Again, it is not properly made for the interior and lacks additives for this purpose. The modern paints are growing toward low to no VOCs, (Volital Organic Coumpounds). This is one item that refers to the smell and solvents released into the air as you paint. It controls other factors which we will explain in a future Tegrey Family of Coatings blogg. At present,our product of choice for low VOCs is the Benjamin Moore Aura line. It has it’s own color system which eliminates VOCs. The only product on the market today that offers this. It is ideal for health reasons, pregnancies and just for the satisfaction of using a safe product around your family and friends.
The longivity of a paint product is determined by the additives. It manufacturer has the ability of making paints last 20 years or a very short time. The additives they add make the difference. Based on these items, paint cost is very relavent to the quality of your purchase. You get what you pay for.
I hope this information gives you a better understanding of which paint to use. As always, read the label, expect pay for a good quality paint, or pay less, based on your final expectations of your paint job.
All right, so you were about to start painting and then realized you have no idea what you’re doing. OK, I’m not giving you enough credit. You searched out help online because you just need some guidance, right? Well, either way, let’s both agree that you’re here because you need some help starting out. Painting is a lot of work, and it can sometimes be tough – you’re no Bob Ross! If you’re a beginner with the paintbrush, follow these simple steps to prepare that room for the masterpiece it’s supposed to look like.
1. Clean the walls
It’s important to start things off by cleaning the walls you’d like to paint. You should also fill any cracks or small holes with Spackle before painting. Cleaning the walls makes a world of difference and actually creates a smoother painting experience. But this does mean getting on your hands and knees at times, so do your best stretching!
2. Don’t electrocute yourself
Always remove your electrical cover plates on switches and outlets. Most outlet and switch covers can be removed with a flat head screwdriver. Just be careful not to stick your fingers in the crevices. But I’m not your Mom, so …
3. If you don’t want any splattered window accessories, like the locks and handles, remove them before painting.
4. Remove the doorknob and strike plate at the door latch. These are both devices that easily attract a dripping paintbrush.
5. Tape off the lock at the edge of the door.
6. Protect the Furniture
If you have furniture in the room, either remove it before painting or cover it with a drop cloth. A paint-spotted couch isn’t the most attractive hosting gear, and you’ll probably have to sleep on it once your partner sees what you’ve done.
Tape a cloth or plastic drop cloth to the edge boards along the edges of the floor. The best place to find something like this is at your local hardware or home improvement store – just be sure to get the correct floor measurement. A local interior painter may also have a floor cover ready for your project.
8. Prime Those Walls
Prime? What? Yes. You must know how to successfully use primer on your walls before actually painting them. If you’re dealing with wallpaper or heavily stained walls, primer will be your best friend. You must use the correct primer for different surfaces, though. Using the wrong kind can diminish the integrity of your walls. If you’re uncomfortable with the thought of priming (Totally normal!) you should contact a local interior painting expert who can help out.
After following these pre-painting steps, your room should be ready to take on any kind of paint you throw … I mean, splatter at it –even a bright, neon yellow! But if you don’t want to put up with the hassle at all, call an expert who does. Sometimes it’s just better to let the professionals do what they do best.
Have any quick pre-painting tips and tricks of your own? Share them in the comments below.
This is a suggested list of pre-painting tips that apply to most but not all circumstances. If you have any further, more specific questions, write to me in the comments section.
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others, who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”
-Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest and undoubtedly one of the most influential painters of the 20th century. His paintings told stories for years to come and still spark debate among painters, students and common viewers of all ages. Picasso saw what the average person thought a monotonous, every day scene and made it extraordinary.
While we at Tegrey’s Family of Coatings don’t claim such a prestigious title like that of the legendary Picasso, we believe our customers deserve the same kind of attention. We’re in the business to take your painting needs and work from the inside out, transforming your home or business into something a little more special than just newly painted walls. Isn’t that what great painters like Picasso had in mind, anyway? Transforming a yellow spot into the sun when others want to transform the sun into a mundane yellow spot is what we do at http://www.tegreypainting.com.
Do we know you’re skeptical? Yes. Do you have questions? Of course you do. Do you need proof? Absolutely. You’re a smart human being who doesn’t make a decision based on the first words you read about a company, from the company itself. We know that.
So why don’t you take a look at some of the work we do and judge for yourself if we’re the right painters for you.