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These are some general painting questions that are often asked. We hope the answers will help you during your home painting projects. You may ask us a paint related question by contacting us.
Should I use a synthetic or natural bristle paint brush?
Synthetic bristle paint brushes can be used in either oil or water-based paints but natural bristle brushes should only be used in oil-based paints. Natural bristle brushes will be ruined if used in latex or acrylic paints. If synthetic bristle brushes are used in both water and oil-based paints then extra care should be taken when washing the brush. Wash thoroughly and allow to completely dry in its wrapper before using it in the other type of paint. Purdy's XL - Glide series of synthetic bristle brushes are good choice for an all purpose brush. The bristles are a blend of Tynex® Nylon and Orel® Polyester, this combination makes for a brush that can be used for interior and exterior projects while using oil or water-based paints. Corona and Wooster also make nylon and polyester blend brushes.
What kind of roller cover is best?
For smooth walls and ceilings the ½ inch lambswool roller cover will do the job. Shorter naps are available for use with enamels on flat surfaces. Rough surfaces will require deeper nap covers. 1¼ and 1½ naps are good for brick, cement block and highly textured surfaces such as stucco. Lambswool covers have the unique ability to absorb paint when loading the roller but still easily release the paint when rolling it on the surface. They are also easier to clean than the synthetic fiber roller covers. Though the lambswool covers cost a bit more they are almost always easier to use and give superior results. Some paints are so difficult to clean up I keep some old lambswool covers on hand to use for these projects after which I just throw away the cover rather than trying to clean them.
Will paint prevent water from seeping through my basement walls?
Probably not. Concrete block paint, waterproofing paint and the like might reduce water vapor or the humidity in a basement room but water seeping through basement walls is usually coming through cracks or seams and cannot be prevented by paint. Seepage problems should be examined by experienced waterproofing professionals to determine the cause and source of the problem. Trying to repair these type problems from the interior side with paint may be a waste of time and money.
This dark, ugly paneling needs painting, where do I start?
The paneling will most likely have a varnish or lacquer finish so proper preparation of the paneling is key to successful project. First it needs to be cleaned of any wax, polish, oily treatments or dirt. TSP, Spic and Span or Mr. Clean can be tried but stronger cleaners such as ammonia, Fantastic or Castrol's Super Clean may be required to remove wax or oil treatments such as Liquid Gold. Try cleaning the most obvious dirty spots to see what works best. After cleaning (and sanding if the finish is very slick and glossy) apply a coat of primer that is formulated to adhere to slick surfaces. Sherwin-Williams has “Adhesion Primer” which is formulated to adhere to previously varnished or painted surfaces. A white pigmented shellac-based primer will also adhere to varnish. Allow the primer to dry for at least a day to obtain the best adhesion. After the primer is dry caulk any open cracks, repair nail holes and if desired drywall compound can be used to smooth the seams of the paneling. Usually the shallow seams are not very noticeable after painting and also add some character to the walls so trying to smooth and hide the seams is not done. Spot prime the patched nail holes and drywall compound and you are ready for the finish coats. The same steps are used if the trim and woodwork is to be painted. Acrylic or oil-based paint can be used over these primers. Acrylics are typically used on the walls and either one used on the trim and woodwork but oil-based paints are usually more durable and washable and better suited for the trim, woodwork, door and window frames.
Can an old paint brush be brought back to life?
“An ounce of prevention...” Paint dried on and in a paint brush can be very difficult to remove. If the brush is loaded with paint and allowed to sit and dry without cleaning it is probably a lost cause. Even buying and using brush rejuvenators or solvents would come close to costing as much as a new brush. It is better to follow some simple tips to avoid this problem. During short pauses while painting stand your brush up in the paint rather than laying it across the work pot. During longer breaks drape a moist rag or piece of plastic over the brush and work pot. For even longer breaks the brush should be cleaned or wrapped in aluminum foil. The main thing is to keep paint from drying in the brush. Paint that has and will dry on the outside of the brush can usually be cleaned with the use of a steel brush or brush comb during the regular cleaning of the brush. The last step in brush cleaning should be a final rinse of soapy water for water-based paints. For oil-based paints spray the bristles with a light coat of WD-40 and work it into the bristles.
How can I protect the carpet while painting the baseboard?
Thinning the paint slightly with the appropriate thinner will help the paint flow from the brush more smoothly and evenly. A wide putty or drywall knife can be held between the carpet and baseboard as you apply the paint. Slide it across as you make the painting stroke and frequently wipe the knife clean. Low tack tape can also be used to cover the carpet.
More helpful painting tips, techniques and how-to articles can be found by following these links:
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