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Exterior paint is subject to any number of events that can ruin its beauty and effectiveness.  There is good reason to pay strict attention to the preparation, type and application of the exterior painting project.  Paint is the home exterior’s first line of defense against the elements.  The proper surface preparation and paint application are the same regardless of the climate.  However, the type of paint used depends on the weather conditions where the home is situated.  Homeowners seeking advice about repairing damaged exterior paint should contact their local home remodeling contractor.  For many homeowners in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, United Home Experts has been the go-to choice for their home remodeling needs.

Common causes of damage to the exterior paint include inadequate surface preparation, careless paint application, applying the wrong type of paint and structural problems that allow moisture to accumulate.  Prior to repairing damaged exterior paint, the underlying cause for the damage must be diagnosed and treated to keep it from recurring.  Following are some of the most common maladies befalling an exterior paint job.

Blistering

Blisters happen when water or solvent is trapped beneath the paint.  To eradicate the blister, it must be cut open to determine the culprit.  If there is bare wood under the blister, water caused it.  If there is solvent beneath, it was undoubtedly because the exterior painting took place in direct sunlight.

Should water be the cause of the blistering, the exterior of the home should be thoroughly inspected for loose or missing caulking around windows and doors that may have led to the blistering.

Peeling

Peeling occurs when the paint curls away from the wood.  Probable causes are painting over dirty or wet wood.  It PeelingPaintmay also be due to new paint being applied over loose old paint.

Alligatoring

This affliction is just as it sounds.  It is a condition with a pattern of lines and cracks resembling the skin of an alligator.  It happens when a second coat of paint is applied while the first one is not completely dry.  Alligatoring may also be a result of paint for the first and second coat being of different and incompatible types.

Wrinkling

Wrinkles have a saggy, droopy appearance and are caused by paint being too thickly applied.

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Interestingly, top quality paint is manufactured to chalk up so that in wet weather surface dirt is washed away.  However, chalking where the paint is removed by rubbing the surface indicates an unprimed surface or that the application of poor quality paint.

Repair and necessary supplies

The repair for all of these conditions is the same, with the exception of the fix for blistering paint.  The blistered paint must be scraped and sanded right down to the bare wood before further steps can be taken.  Otherwise, the treatment for the damaged exterior paint is to scrape the paint off the affected areas and sand until smooth.  The area must then be washed with a detergent solution and thoroughly rinsed with water.  When the surface is dry, the primer coat can be applied.  If moisture was the cause of the damage, the primer should be a water-repellent variety.  Finally, a thin coat or two of the recommended,paintbucket high quality paint for the home’s climatic conditions should be carefully applied.

The supplies for the job are simple and include a stiff wire brush or paint scraper, fine and medium grade sandpaper, primer, paint, and paintbrush or roller.

Homeowners everywhere should not put off repairing damaged exterior paint.  The look and protective qualities of a properly painted and flawless exterior are important to the home and to those who dwell within.

There are many events in daily life that can damage the beauty of a home’s interior paint.  Following is a list of some of the most frequent types of interior painting flaws, along with their causes, how they can be repaired and the supplies required for each instance of damage.

Peeling Paint

The peeling paint woe is a very common one.  It normally occurs because of moisture underneath the paint.  PeelingPaintMoisture causes the paint to lose its adhesive quality, allowing the surface paint to crack and peel.

The peeling paint phenomenon is usually found in rooms where there is high humidity, such as the bathroom, kitchen or basement.  Leaky flashing around a chimney or exterior wall can also cause water to seep into the home’s interior.  This makes the plaster beneath the paint wet, causing the paint to separate from the wall.

Repairing damaged interior paint due to moisture begins with eradicating the cause.  The high humidity spaces should be ventilated with an exhaust fan to remove the moisture and expel it to the outside.

The home’s roof, walls and soffits on the exterior need to be properly ventilated as well.  Damaged or missing flashing around the chimney or any wall-roof connection need to be repaired.  Once the source of the moisture is found and eliminated, the interior painting can proceed.

To prepare the painting surface, all peeling paint must be scraped off and the affected areas sanded.  Once smoothed, a primer coat should be applied to the sanded areas.  When the primer is dry, a new coat of paint matching the existing wall paint can be brushed or rolled on.  These procedures, properly executed, will stop all further incidences of peeling paint.

The supplies required to accomplish this repair are sandpaper, primer, paint, and paintbrush or paint roller.

Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew is usually associated with a home’s exterior, but the interior of the home can be affected as well. MoldPaint Mildew is a fungus and appears as splotches on the paint surface in colors of grey, brown, green or black.

It, too, is caused by moisture and poor ventilation.  It can also be caused by painting over a surface that was improperly cleaned of previous mildew. Additionally, the use of low-quality, non-mildew-proof paint can be the culprit.

The treatment that solves the mildew problem involves scrubbing the affected area with a bleach solution of one part bleach to three parts water.  The solution must remain on the surface for 10 to 15 minutes, and should then be rinsed with plain, clean water.  The area is then washed again with a detergent and water solution followed by a thorough water rinse.  Once the surface is completely dry, it is painted with a quality interior paint.

The necessary supplies for successful mildew treatment are simple:  bleach, detergent, high-quality paint, and paintbrush or paint roller.

These problems, caused by excessive moisture and poor ventilation, are especially prevalent in areas with heavy rain and snowfall that may last for months.  The New England states are prime examples of these climatic conditions.  Homeowners in the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire should turn to the professionals at United Home Experts for their home remodeling needs whether for repairing damaged interior or exterior paint and many other home remodeling and maintenance projects.

Sagging or Running Paint

This damage gives the painted surface a droopy, uneven look.  The cause can be a too-heavy application of paint, paint-sagging1-resized-600paint overly thinned, or painting in an overly humid environment.  It can also be due to a lack of primer coat being applied and a dirty surface at the time it is painted.

To recover from this problem, should the paint still be wet, the paint can be redistributed using a brush or roller to smooth the droops.  Once the sagging paint has dried, it must be sanded to a dull finish so that the new paint will adhere.  Another fix is to apply a primer coat and repaint.

To avoid this problem altogether, the paint should be applied in two thin coats rather than one heavy one.  The necessary supplies for this repair are sandpaper, paintbrush and/or paint roller, primer and paint.

Of course, everyday accidents can cause paint removal in areas hit hard by moving furniture, or hit with force by any heavy object.  Anything constantly rubbing against a painted surface will eventually wear off the paint.  In all of these cases, the affected areas need to be sanded smooth and repainted.

Regardless of the extent or cause, repairing damaged interior paint can be successfully accomplished.  No homeowner, particularly those living in regions of extreme climatic conditions, need live with damaged interior painted walls.

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No industry, including the painting trade, can afford to stand still for long. One of the few constants is that everything changes. While many factors, some seemingly obscure, affect the public’s color choices and painting trends in indoor paint for the year, the one thing that most painting experts agree on is that for the next twelve months the growing strength of the economy and a generally hopeful outlook on the world will spark a resurgence of positivity and forward thinking when it comes to painting trends for 2013. Optimism will be the driving force behind interior color trends in the coming year.

According to Dee Schlotter, national color brand manager of Pittsburgh Paints, 2013 will see a move away from the grays and “depression era” colors of the last few years and into a more open, colorful and vibrant range of indoor paint colors.

So what colors speak of optimism and the search for new horizons? The painting experts at Sherwin Williams, one of the top brands of paint in this country, see pastels as the new trend for 2013. When companies and decorators bspeak of today’s pastels, they are not referring to the ghastly pastels of the 1980s. The pastels for 2013 will be a lot creamier, a lot softer. Lighthearted colors, open and free, are all the rage, reflecting a new sense of calm and innocence.

According to Heartland Bold, the trend for the coming year is “big, bold, bright colors!” For example, a clean blue color with no green is one of the colors that is expected to be big in 2013.

Not every room needs to reflect this new bright and bold outlook. Some muted colors such as creams, beiges and similar introspective colors, and combinations reflecting a desire to gather the family around a safe and comfortable environment, are likely to continue for the next few years. However, the long-term trend in color is toward the brighter, more outgoing shades that reflect a new boldness, an optimistic outlook on life and the world in general.

Many color design specialists see a mixing of light and dark colors in the same room, or in adjoining living spaces cas a possible trend. Such eclectic mixing of colors and moods is emblematic of new-thinking ideas. Combined with paint color trends away from the somber, accent colors will also be much more lively and upbeat in the coming year. Look for trim colors to be lighter and more bold, and look for fabric designers to follow suit, creating pillows and other accent pieces that scream out for attention.

Homeowners who want to take advantage of this new thinking in terms of interior paint should consult the painting experts at United Home Experts. The color experts at UHE are well-versed in all of the latest trends and they carry only the best paints with long-term guarantees. Homeowners in the New England area can count on UHE for free, expert painting advice with no obligation to purchase.

As our country lifts itself out of its economic woes and shakes off the old ways of thinking to embrace a new and brighter future, so, too, is the collective American psyche gearing up for a brighter and more colorful future, a future bright with hope and dreams and – above all – a new optimism that will be reflected in its choice of paint for its living area. Welcome to the optimistic – and bright blue – new world of 2013. For more information about interior painting, visit our main painting page!

Because painting the exterior of one’s home is best done under certain weather conditions, one must consider the 71time of the year in which to paint the outside of one’s home.  Ideally, one should begin painting when the weather is dry and the temperature is not extreme, typically from the spring to the fall.  However, circumstances may arise that convince a homeowner to paint the home outside of the painting season, and in such a case certain precautions are necessary to ensure the exterior painting is done effectively.

Best Time to Paint Exterior

In the past, it was generally thought that one should not paint when temperatures were below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, though with the improved quality of paint, especially premium paint such as Sherwin-Williams, one may paint with temperatures as low as 35 or 40 degrees.  The paint may also be sensitive to large swings in temperature in a relatively short period of time, as for example when the daytime temperature reaches over 100 degrees and the nighttime temperature reaches below 50 degrees.  It may thus be advantageous to select a time of the year without such temperature extremes in a single day. Temperatures may be most consistent during the fall in some parts of the country.

One may paint the exterior of one’s home during the winter season, though it may present certain challenges.  A painting contractor may simply paint when the opportunity arises, taking breaks when it gets too cold or snowy.  Because business may slow down during the winter months for many contractors, homeowners may get better deals when hiring them during the winter.  Another advantage to painting one’s home in the winter is that it may be the driest season in some parts of the United States, such as the Northeast.  In warmer parts of the country, the optimal time may be year-round.

Choosing the Right Paint

Regardless of the season that is chosen for exterior painting, it is important that a premium paint, such as SWPaintCanSherwin-Williams, be used.  Consumer Reports has rated Sherwin-Williams paints among the highest quality paints for the exterior of one’s home.  In tests of durability and appearance, Sherwin-Williams has consistently scored among the best, and it is among the most preferred by reputable painting contractors, such as United Home Experts.  Because painting one’s home can potentially add significant value to it, it is important to consider the type of paint used, as well as the quality and reputation of the company doing the painting.

Another factor a homeowner should take into account is the damage to a garden that may be caused by traffic when painting.  One should therefore fix up the garden after the painting job is finished, to avoid having to redo the garden.  Planting new flowers and mulching after the painting job is finished will complement the painting and add beauty to the home.

Choosing the Right Company

For selecting experienced professionals to paint the exterior of one’s home, United Home Experts will get the job done in a cost-effective and efficacious manner.  United Home Experts can schedule an appointment at one’s convenience in order to provide a quote.

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One of the most important choices any homeowner can make when it comes to interior decorating is what color to paint the inside walls. Along with color, another important decision is which type of paint to use on the inside. Certain types of paint work better in some areas than do others, and these differences need to be taken into consideration when paint choice is made.

Another thing that needs to be thought of is interior paint protection. Some homes – especially homes with young children living in them – will need to have more interior paint protection than will other homes. Some types of paint have this protection automatically built in, which is great news for the homeowner. Sherwin Williams has a wide range of paints with added durability enhancers. Here is an overview of a few of their most helpful products.

Before painting, the interior surface will need to be primed. White-Pigmented Shellac Primer is a good choice for wood and plaster interiors as well as ceiling surfaces. It is great for high traffic areas, where there is more of an opportunity for staining to occur and dirt to accumulate. For interior plaster and/or drywall surfaces that have already been painted, the Loxon acrylic conditioner is a better choice.

Another clear winner when it comes to indoor paint primers is the All Surface Enamel Primer, which comes in both a latex and an oil based version. This primer is truly what its name suggests. It can be used on a vast array of surfaces, such as aluminum, drywall, galvanized steel, masonry, plaster, steel, and wood. This primer offers great paint protection at a superior value.

After the primer has been applied, it is time to paint the inside walls of the house. Every decent indoor paint job sherwinwilliamspaintbrushcarequires at least two coats of a very high quality latex paint like Sherwin-Williams’ Duration Home(R) Interior Acrylic Latex Paint in order to ensure the best paint protection and durability. This particular brand of paint offers extraordinary washability for any busy home. It is perfect for high use areas like hallways, kitchens, and children’s bedrooms. Because it is so durable and washable, it is a great choice for homes with very young children, who tend to be pretty hard on indoor paint jobs.

A clear choice when it comes to bathrooms and other areas that are prone to collect moisture, like kitchens, front hall closets, basements, garages, and laundry rooms is the paint with the semi-gloss finish that is simply called Bath Paint. This type of paint is specially formulated to resist mildew, so both the paint and the home itself will be protected.

An indoor paint job should not be undertaken by anyone without first consulting someone knowledgeable and experienced in indoor painting. Homeowners who need more information about choosing the right paint for their homes should contact the professionals at United Home Experts for a free estimate. They can give more detailed advice regarding selecting the best indoor paint and the best paint protection for any home through our easy, no pressured, free estimates. For more information about painting, click here to visit our main painting page!

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When it comes to decorating a room, everyone wants it to reflect their personality and taste. The color scheme will also make a very noticeable impact on the ambience and feel of the room. There are some design tips for interior painting that are very important and should be followed without fail.When picking out a color, keeping in mind the decor and furniture that will occupy the room surely helps. If the furniture is large and loud, there is a great need to downplay the colors of the wall. If the furniture is simple and sleek, going for classic color schemes like the monochromatic is helpful.

When picking paint samples and deciding on a color scheme, thinking about the color that is one’s favorite andsw-levelbprocolorcollection-resized-600 one that is liked most can be a great start. Seeing the samples and swatches for that color will definitely be the first step in deciding a color. If a blue, green or purple color is chosen, in order to reduce the monotony, the walls can have a graduated tint and each wall can have a different shade of the same color. The colors on the walls can be arranged in descending or ascending order of their intensities and brightness.

Another great color scheme is to pick any two walls or just a single wall and paint it a different color than the rest. When doing this, keeping in mind that the odd color should complement or contrast the colors on the rest of the walls and there should be perfect harmony among the chosen colors.

When picking out paint samples, choosing to make one wall as the focal point. Adding decorative wallpaper, wall decoration or some such accentuating highlight is another way to go. In such a case, making sure that the wallpaper that is chosen complements the patterns on the upholstery and goes perfectly with the color scheme is another of the rules that will make the decor all the more delectable. A section of a single wall is also being painted a different color to demarcate functional boundaries.

A monochromatic color scheme gives a very clean, suave and sophisticated look to the room. When it is coupled with white colored furniture, the pristine look is indeed breathtaking. Adding colorful partitions, paintings and furniture can make the room look lively without having to paint the walls a bright color. If one is not too comfortable with coupling black and white, picking other neutral shades like beige, navy and grey is another great alternative. If only one color is favored, making sure to accentuate key aspects of the room by adding some contrasting and quirky decor is another doable interior painting design.

Choosing paint samples and interior painting can be a walk in a park with friends or family who have excellent tastes and advise nicely about choosing a great color scheme. Also, painting a home and taking the help of family to get the job done will only be a great way to bond, interact and have fun.

Over the past 10 years there’s been an swell of companies offering “permanent” coatings, that are advertised as “not paint”  I’m sure you’ve heard or seen advertisements for these products since they spend a crazy amount of money on advertising.  The claim that it’s “not paint” is false advertising in my opinion since it’s a “paint” product, applied with “paint” brushes, or a “paint” sprayer–but who sets the rules on what you can deem “not paint”? Where does the money for these expensive ad campaigns come from? You guessed it, they charge an eye-popping fee for their services. The business model is pretty ingenious, or down right dirty.

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Make some fantastic claims about how your paint product is not actually paint, but a coating that lasts forever.

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Create a “limited lifetime” warranty with “limitations” such as the warranty is void if the problem results from “failure of the substrate wall (rot) on which the product is applied” .That alone gets you out of most future warranty claims. “Sorry Mrs. Jones, our coating didn’t fail, the wood rotted underneath it which caused the coating to fall off, so god luck with that!”  Besides the average home changes owners every 7-8 years or so, even an average paint job lasts that long.

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Charge 3-4 times the cost a standard paint job and make a ridiculous profit (yes it costs $15,000 – $40,000 per house). Now you can advertise the heck out of your gimmick “coating system” knowing that some people will fall for it.

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When the warranty claims pile up, change your phone number and the name of your company and repeat from step #1.

Although admittedly I have never hired one of these companies, my advice is to proceed with caution.  Clearly my commentary is “tongue-in-cheek” but hopefully you get the point. Be skeptical of silly claims and sharp sales people.  Some of these coating products are nothing more than elastomeric paint that any contractor or homeowner can purchase at a local paint supplier.  These systems may work better in more temperate climates with less harsh winters, but here in New England I foresee the same problems as regular paint (wood swells, breathes, expands, contracts, rots, etc., and then paint can’t stick to it).

As an exterior home improvement company we offer virtually every exterior surface renovation option available: Wood Siding, Composite Siding, Vinyl Siding, and Painting.  We’ve been approached on multiple occasions with the “opportunity” to buy a franchise for a “permenant coating system” and we’ve passed over and over again. Why? In our opinion it’s just bad business.

With the number of painters in MA to choose from, it is no wonder that people are confused as to which one would best suit their home painting project.  Homeowners want beautiful, quality workmanship at a fair price, and this can be difficult to find among so many options.  United Home Experts’ commitment to expertise, great craftsmanship and the highest quality work place them among the top painters in MA.

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Each place has its own set of rules that govern home renovation and improvement and that can make painting jobs challenging to accomplish.  For painters in MA, this pertains to rules governing lead content in paint, as well as guidelines designed to preserve the ambiance of the many historical landmarks in the state.  Knowledgeable contractors know when and how to accomplish the necessary paperwork, so there is little or no disruption once the job gets the “go ahead” from the homeowner.

Buildings and thoroughfares in Massachusetts, especially Boston, are close together because available land is limited.  Obtaining special permits is important for work that might, for instance, block a sidewalk.  Special equipment may also be needed to account for the height of most homes in the area.

Not only will expert painters be prepared in terms of equipment and legalities, but these craftsmen also show pride in their work.  This is what sets apart a superlative house painter from an average one.  The professionals at United Home Experts love their craft and this is evident in the way they do their job.  They approach it with the same care an artist has in fashioning of a work of art.

Ability to Relate Well With the Homeowner

The vision that forms the basis of any painting project should rightfully come from the owner of the house, and not a stubborn contractor.  Our painters have serviced in the Massachusetts area and time after time know how to translate the homeowner’s vision into the finished project and provide dedicated, friendly service along the way.  This makes the job a pleasurable one, instead of a chore.

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It is one thing to lay claim to having completed many projects to the satisfaction of the client; it is another to actually have proof to back it up.  A good company should be able to point out successful projects that clients look at.  Word of mouth about the company’s reputation is important, and the best painters should have a track record of satisfied customers to vouch for them.  If people in a locale attest to the reliability of the company, this makes them a wonderfully dependable option.

In Summary

The amount of money needed to pull off a successful painting project is not the only criteria a homeowner should consider when looking for a house painting contractor.  Any homeowner seeking expertise, craftsmanship, personality, and proven reliability in a painting company should look no further than the professionals at United Home Experts. Their long track record of happy New England customers is a testament to their commitment to quality and service.

Professional house painters and contractors say that the highest quality indoor paint is well worth the money sherwinwilliamspaintbrushcaspent.  The highest quality paint the homeowner can afford will assure a smooth painted finish and will require fewer coats of paint for optimum coverage.  Following is a review of indoor paint brands of varying qualities and prices.

Sherwin-Williams

At $45 per gallon, Sherwin-Williams’ top-quality paint Duration comes highly recommended by both professionals and do-it-yourselfers.  Duration is well known for its great washability as well as its one-coat coverage.  Sherwin-Williams manufacture other quality paints whose indoor paint prices are less than the top-of-the-line Duration.  Sherwin-Williams’ SuperPaint is priced at $35 per gallon.

Benjamin Moore

At $55 per gallon, Benjamin Moore Aura also receives raves from professional painters for its one-coat coverage for all but the darkest colors.  It also dries quickly and has no unpleasant odor.  Tests have found Aura to be mildew-resistant and to undergo serious scrubbing with no adverse effects.

Benjamin Moore also manufactures a less expensive indoor paint, Regal, at $40 per gallon, which is somewhat benmooregallonnear the high quality of Aura.

Glidden Spred

Glidden Spred receives high ratings from the test labs of Good Housekeeping.  The ratings noted the paint’s one-coat coverage and low-odor properties.  It is the lowest priced paint of all reviewed here with prices beginning at $18 per gallon.  It offers quick drying, is mold- and mildew-resistant, and will not fade.  It is a good choice for high-moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms and can be easily wiped clean.  Glidden Spred does have numerous amounts of drawbacks over the more expensive brands:  It does not cover as well, so more coats are needed, and it does not stand up well to abrasion and the tests of time.

In the budget realm of indoor paint prices, do-it-yourselfers and professionals agree that budget paint is to be avoided as it is difficult to work with, which increases labor costs and will not give adequate coverage in one coat or even two.

It is always wise to consult a local home-remodeling contractor when considering repainting an interior.  They know which brand has proven the most successful for them through the years.  In the New England states, the knowledgeable staff at United Home Experts prefers Sherwin-Williams paints for both exterior and interior jobs.

The results of a cost/benefit analysis of various indoor paints lean toward the higher quality, higher-priced brands as being the most cost-effective in the long run. For more information about our painting services, visit our main painting page!

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Indoor painting is a job that many homeowners can do themselves, especially if they have at least some painting experience.  Regardless of experience level, it is a good idea for homeowners to consult one of the painting experts at United Home Experts before embarking on a painting project.

Here in the Northeast, United Home Experts is the recognized leader in interior home painting; they can get the job done professionally, or they can provide the homeowner with invaluable indoor painting tips and tools the homeowner needs to do the job him- or herself.

Homeowners are faced with a choice between oil-based paints and latex paints, which are water-based.  In the old days, everyone used oil-based paints for everything, and oil-based paints are certainly an excellent choice.  However, clean-up requires paint thinner or some other solvent and can be time-consuming and messy.

Today’s painter generally opts for water-based latex paints.  As long as walls are thoroughly cleaned before application, latex paints work wonderfully and even have a few other advantages over oil-based options, especially if children are in the house.  For one thing, latex paint cleans up with soap and water.  This is much easier and safer than using a solvent cleaner.  Plus, latex paints (when dry) are much more easily cleaned with a damp cloth, or with just a touch of mild soap.  This can come in especially handy when sticky little hands have made a mess around light switches and door knobs!

One of the first things a homeowner must do is decide approximately how much paint is needed for a job.  Multiply the height of a wall by the length of a wall to get the square feet.  Add all the walls together to determine the total number of square feet that need paint.  Then look on a can of paint to see how many square feet a gallon of paint can cover.  Divide the total number of square feet by the number of square feet covered by each gallon to determine the total number of gallons needed.sherwinwilliamspaintbrushca

If it will take more than a gallon or two to finish painting, get a large bucket  –  say a five-gallon bucket  –  and pour several gallons at a time into the larger bucket and mix thoroughly.  This will help maintain the exact same color throughout the project.  As paint is used, additional gallons are poured into the five gallon bucket and mixed in.  It is an unfortunate truth that blue is not always blue and green is not the exact same shade of green from one can of paint to the next.  They may be close, but not exact.  That might not seem to make a huge difference until the homeowner ends up with a wall with one half painted using one can of robin’s egg sky blue and the other half painted using a can of the same color…only the two colors are just slightly off from each other.  Save the headache  –  mix cans from the beginning.

Wash the walls with a mixture of water and TSP or a mild detergent.  All grease, grime and dirt must be removed in order for the new paint to form a lasting bond with the wall.  Rinse TSP or detergent from the wall with a cloth dipped in clean water (changing the water as often as necessary to keep it clean) and then allow the wall to dry thoroughly before beginning the paint job.

Cut in (that is, paint out four inches from a corner) on one wall at a time and as soon as one wall is cut roll the wall using long strokes, rolling from one side of the wall to the next.  The idea is to avoid lap marks, which are caused when cut-in paint is allowed to fully dry before the rest of the wall is rolled.  Prevent lap marks by always rolling onto a wet edge.

To prevent one color of paint from going to an area where it is not wanted, tape the area using blue painter’s tape.  The real secret to using painter’s tape correctly is to let the paint dry fully before removing the tape.  That should produce a straight and clean painted edge and the blue tape will not leave any adhesive behind, as can happen with other tapes.

Patches in walls need special attention.  Most walls are textured and it is important to texture the patch before painting so that the texture of the patch matches the texture of the surrounding wall.  Cans of spray-on texture can be purchased at paint, hardware stores and home centers. Use sparingly; add more texture as needed until the patch matches the rest of the wall.  Then, because patches absorb paint far more than the rest of the wall will, the patch needs to be primed once the spray-on texture is dry.  Allow the primer to dry fully before painting the wall with the final color.PaintRollerWhite-resized-600

To keep the texture even, it is advisable to roll paint as close to the edge of a wall as possible.  Often this means taping the adjoining wall at a right-angle corner to prevent the edge of the roller from putting paint on the other wall as the roller is brought as close to the cut-in corner as possible.  The reason for this is because a roller adds texture to paint and because the cut-in corner has been painted with a brush, there is no roller-texture next to the wall.  Rolling up close solves this problem.

Cotton makes a better drop cloth than plastic.  While it is true that thin plastic drop cloths are cheaper than cotton, they also do not work nearly as well.  Plastic sticks to shoes and gets twisted and tangles easily, often depositing paint onto carpets or furniture.  Plastic drop cloths are not reusable and cotton ones are.  No need to wash cotton drop cloths; just allow them to dry and use over and over, from one day to the next, one painting project to the next.

If it is not possible to paint into a wet edge for one reason or another, feather the paint out into the wall by several inches to hide the fact that there is a line where the wet paint was placed over dry paint.  By feathering the paint out, using lighter pressure on the roller as the roller moves away from the wall until the roller is lifted off the wall, the line can be hidden to the point that it will go unnoticed.vinyl9500-series_room-scene_interior_4

When painting trim or other wooden surfaces, lightly sand the surface with a fine-grit paper or rub with steel wool between coats of paint.  This will make for a smoother, more professional-looking finish.  Wait until the first coat of paint has thoroughly dried before sanding, then paint with long, smooth strokes, putting an even final coat of paint on the wood.

As with most things, painting technique improves the more one practices it, but even a poor technique can be vastly improved by following the tips in this article.  Before tackling any interior painting job, the homeowner should contact the experts at United Home Experts for professional help and advice.