Thursday, May 31, 2012

Questions answered about painting and priming and a few of my tips thrown in!

I haven't had any time to write a new post until now, I have been in and out for two days and I had a painting job today so I'm finally getting back at the computer! I haven't had a chance since last week to work on any of my projects and I am so anxious to get back at them.

Today I want to share a few of my painting tips, explain the different paint finishes and whether or not you really need to prime. I get questions about these topics all the time so I thought I should write a post about my experiences with all of the above. I think we all know what types of paint finishes there are: flat, satin, semi-gloss, gloss and the newest is eggshell. The thing that is important is what finish to use where.

Flat paint is a hard finish to clean when painted on the walls so it's best used on ceilings where a non-shiney finish looks best.

Satin and Eggshell are the best choices to use on walls in the lower traffic rooms like living, dining and bedrooms. Both of these finishes are listed as easy cleaning surfaces but I have found that it's a bit of a challenge to keep eggshell clean, it acts a little like flat paint in that it leaves streaks and blotches behind. I prefer satin paint overall.

Semi-gloss paint is a good paint for busy families, this finish is much easier to keep clean and should be used ifamed rooms, bathrooms and nurseries. This finish is a little shiny and since it is so easy to clean it's the perfect choice for windows, crown molding, baseboards and doors.


High gloss I don't know anyone who uses gloss paint in their homes, this finish is non forgiving if you have flaws in your walls, it will show everything. I have never felt the need to use high gloss paint for anything that I've painted. 

Another question I get is if you really do need to prime before you paint. The answer is yes, if you are painting directly over drywall, or if you have stains or crayon marks that can't be removed. If you don't prime over the stains they will bleed through, it's the same with furniture. If you are painting a pine dresser with "knots" you have to prime it first unless you want the knots to show through, and they will eventually show through! It's easier to paint a light color over a dark color if you prime it first, you won't need to give it as many coats to cover it. When you do get primer, ask them to tint the primer close to your wall color, that saves steps as well. The good thing is now you can get primer/paint in one, and though it may seem expensive, remember that you'd have to buy them separately anyway so the cost is about the same.

Now for a few tips that I use to make the job easier:

*I always pour a little paint in a throw away container to make it easier to climb up and down a ladder.

*Take a large nail and puncture holes around the rim of the paint can so paint doesn't "pool" around the lip.

*Take my brush and run it around the rim to remove the paint and cover the can with a cloth before I tap it down with a hammer, keeps paint from flying!

*If I have small amounts so paint left I pour it into a jar with a screw lid and keep it for Touch ups.


So there you have it, my painting lesson 101!! I hope this answered any questions you "newbies" may have before painting your first room or your first home!

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