How to cut in
Cutting in properly is one of the most important things to consider when painting a room. When done right your walls will look great! To find out how professionals do it watch this video.
How to roll a wall
Have you ever wondered how to role a wall properly? Watch our video to learn how professionals do it.
How to pole sand
Sanding your walls before you paint results in a smooth and professional looking finish. Watch this video to find out how to prepare your walls before you start painting.
Understanding different sheen levels of paint.
There are many different levels of sheen when it comes to interior and exterior paint. The basic ones are flat, eggshell, semi gloss, and gloss. Some companies offer satin, which is usually in between flat and eggshell. Some companies offer pearl, which is in between eggshell and semi gloss, and depending on which company you purchase it from , will determine the sheen level. They do not make this easy for us the consumer, best thing to do is to ask plenty of questions about the companies products to get a feel for there levels of sheen. Or you could ask your painter, who should know all the different companies products.
Determining what sheen level of paint to apply to the interior or exterior of your house.
There are many factors to consider when deciding on the sheen of your paint. Flat paints have a tendency not show so many defects in the walls, which in the case of an older house with walls in very poor shape , would greatly improve the look. Flat paints on the other hand mark up very easily, and are very hard to wash and keep clean, not a very suitable product if you have little kids running around the house.
Eggshell is probably the most common of wall paints, it almost has a slight glow to it , this product can be easily washed , and if the walls are prepared properly , in my opinion , is the best choice for sheen levels in a home. Semi Gloss and Gloss paints can be used on walls, especially in bathrooms and kitchens where there is high humidity and water is being slashed around . By far they are the most durable of all listed above, and can be washed with ease, they should be considered not just for the bathroom and kitchen , but for all the trims in your home. ie- baseboards, crown mouldings, wane scotting , doors and casings.
How to repair wall damage
The key to making those ugly old walls look new again is to repair them all with drywall compound. First off you will need three different putty knifes, usually a 1 inch, for small spots, a 4 inch for most spots, and a 10 -12 inch for large spots. You will need some all purpose drywall compound (filler) , not spackle or any other type light weight filler. Put some filler on your large knife and use your 4 inch knife to scrape some off and apply to the wall, you should spread the filler over the area on the wall that has an imperfection, then clean your knife off and start smoothing it out by pulling all the excess filler off the wall.
This is not easy to explain on paper, the key here is to hardly have any filler on the wall for the first coat, there should not really be any ridges what so ever. The filler will dry quickly, within a few hours, after apply a second coat. The second coat will really grab onto the first and will allow it to be much smoother. After that has dried, use a fine to medium sponge sander and start sanding in a circular motion from the outside of the patch to the inside, make sure that there are no ridges on the outside, use your hand to feel the surface.
Painting Latex Over Oil
Painting Latex over oil is possible if all the correct preparation is done before hand. First you will need to sand the complete area to be painted, that means every little nook and crany, use a sand paper grit 120. Second you will need to make sure the surface is clean and free of any grease, you can achieve that by using an all purpose cleaner and wipe down the area to be painted. The final step is to apply 2 coats of 100% acrylic latex paint, allowing the correct amount of drying time in between coats.If you do not follow the first 2 steps it is more then likely that the paint job may fail, and the latex will peel off.
To insure adhesion in high traffic areas, such as doors and frames, it would be smart to apply a primer. You may apply a latex primer if all steps above are completed. The best way to switch oil to latex is to use an oil based primer, the preparation may not have to be as extreme as for the latex, and I guarantee adhesion every time. Above, I have given you many different scenarios to choose from. Every case is different and must be analysed first before proceeding. The best solution is to call a professional for a free over the phone consultation.
Painting Textured Ceilings
Most texture ceilings that have never been painted are sensitive to water based paints (latex) but not sensitive to solvent based paints (oil). If a latex is used the first time the texture is painted, the perimeter area cut in with a brush must be allowed to dry thoroughly before proceeding with rolling the remainder of the surface. If this is not done, and you roll into an area that has been softened by the water in the paint used to cut in, areas of texture may peel back to the primed drywall.
This problem does not occur if you paint a textured ceiling the first time with an oil based flat paint, this process will seal in the texture, giving it a nice even look, and will also make the texture some what solid to the touch. In the future when you decide to paint again you have the option of using an oil based product again, or you can use a water based paint dues to the fact that the water cannot attack the texture.