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Home Painting Tips and Tricks

The look of your home greatly depends on its paint job both on the inside and outside. Whether you use light or dark colors or different types of paint, you still need to do a bit of prepwork if you want to get things done right. The following tips will give you the basics of what you need to do to get things off the ground:

• Options for painting
When it comes to exterior paint, you have two options to work with – latex paint, which is water-based and alkyd paint, which is oil-based. You can easily clean latex paint with something as simple as water and soap, it has low odor and it is flexible enough to rarely crack. Depending on the quality of the latex paint you can find ones that contain up to a hundred percent of acrylic resins within.

Alkyd paints on the other hand need a paint thinner to clean rather than the simple water and soap combination of the previous example. They are however more durable, allowing a better flow and easier application with less brush marks as well as increased stain resistance. The downside to that is that they take longer to dry and they have a noticeable and permeating smell of solvents.

• Pricing
There is no formula when you’re choosing the best possible paints for your home. In most cases the manufacturers will have a wide range of paints to choose from. You should budget the expenses you plan on putting on the project to buy the paint you can afford within reasonable limits. There is a certain correlation between the price of the product and the quality of the materials used within it. The one thing you can see for yourself is that more expensive brands contain more pigments for a better and easier application of coats of paint.

• The labels
Few of the homeowners out there read the fine print on paint labels, which leads to issues down the line as they get on with their projects. You can find a great deal of information on these labels that will serve you a great deal as you go on. Special attention should be given to the sections describing the prep-work necessary to for the surface and the air temperature during and after applications. In most cases paints should not be applied during temperatures of about 50° F or lower, as they would not apply well enough. Depending on the type of paint however, you can do with as low as 35º F, so make sure you read the labels before you start your painting process.

• Prepping the surface
If you want to have a flawless and lasting application of paint on your chosen surfaces, you should make sure you remove all grime, dust, chalk and mildew for maximum effectiveness. You can use a power sprayer for an easy way of scrubbing off most of the contaminants on surfaces. You should also make sure you hide all nails under the surface of the wall, then fill the holes with some good, exterior-grade type of putty. Once you have the putty cured and dried, you should sand it until its flawless. Use a paintable caulk for your doors, trims and windows if you have to use any caulk at all. You can also paint on top of old surfaces if they have remained in good condition throughout the years. Make sure you sand spots around the surface where the old paint has started flaking off, then prime any of the bare wood you need to work with.

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Ceiling Painting Tips

Painting can be a difficult task if you have zero experience in it and ceilings can be a real nightmare if you do things without proper preparations. The following tips will give you the basics you absolutely need to follow if you want to get things ready:

• Getting the right tools ready
When you’re in the process of painting a ceiling you will need to make sure you have a good paint roller with a long extension handle. It will be far easier to work with it rather than it would be to work from a ladder. When you’re painting a textured ceiling you should make sure you use a different type of roller – a thick nap one so you will have a chance to cover all the irregular bumps in the surface of the texture. If you have a smoother ceiling surface you can ue a shorter nap instead. It would be an overwhelming experience for you if you have never painted a ceiling before, so you will need to prepare for the task well ahead of time.

• Preparing the room
Remove all furniture pieces that are unnecessary and place them somewhere safe and away from the area. Use a good number of drop cloths or newspapers to cover your floors and the furniture that can’t be moved away from the room. You can also use canvas drop cloths, as they are reausable and they also happen to work better if you don’t mind their slightly elevated cost. Use painter’s tape to mask the trims and the wall where it meets the room’s walls. If you happen to paint the walls in the same color you won’t have to worry about that at all so paint away.

• Ceiling priming
You should do what you can to prime the ceiling before you start painting by using a stain-blocking primer. Doing so will ensure you can get the job done with a single coat of paint instead of multiple ones that would take far too long.

• Cut-in line
A cut-in line should be painted on the ceiling itself, a small strip where the ceiling and the wall meet to act as a border. You should start with the shortest part of the ceiling edge using a stepladder and a paintbrush.

• Painting the ceiling
While you have the line from the previous tip still wet you should focus on painting the ceiling with your roller. This will help keep you from leaving a visible line once it dries out. You should keep a few things in mind while you paint with a roller, such as dipping in the deeper parts of the paint tray, rolling it through the shallow end of the tray and squeezing out the excess paint so you can have equal coverage. Use the roller in a zig-zagging pattern on the ceiling instead of straight lines. Once you have the first coat dry you should do a second one if you need to by finishing things up with the roller.

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