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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.
My windows will not open because they are painted shut, how can I loosen a stuck window?
Most of the time you only need to run a flexible thin bladed putty knife around the seams of the window tracks. Do not forget to do the top and bottom as well. You may have to do both the interior and exterior sides. If the paint in the seams is very thick you may have to strike the putty knife with a hammer to break the seal. To prevent painting the windows shut spray an old rag with WD-40 and wipe it on the window tracks before painting. The lubricant will help the window slide up and down and prevent the paint from sealing the window closed. Do not use silicone lubricants because silicone will cause the paint to fail if any of it is on a surface that is to be repainted.
What should I do with old paint?
Some paint should be kept if it can be used for touch ups or repairs. To store paint it should be kept in an interior space where the temperature is controlled. The back of the least used closet is an ideal place to keep paint that might be needed in the future. If you want to discard paint consider if anyone else could use it for craft projects, rental property or the neighborhood kid's tree house. Some charities may also accept usable paint if you have some in quantities that might be useful for one of their causes. Unwanted paint should be taken to disposal sites dedicated to accepting liquid hazardous waste. Do not pour any paint down sinks, toilets, or into springs, rivers or any body of water. If a small amount of paint remains in the bucket allow it to air dry and then properly dispose of it according to your local ordinances. Most of the time dried paint in buckets can be disposed with the normal trash collection. The cans should be left open and all of the paint should be dry.
How can I clean mildew from siding and exterior surfaces?
A solution of chlorine bleach, laundry detergent and water will clean most exterior surfaces. A ratio of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water and a little detergent works well. Be sure to cover landscaping or nearby objects that might be harmed by the bleach and take all safety precautions pertaining to working with chemicals such as proper body protection and providing enough ventilation. Wearing gloves and eye protection the solution can be sprayed, mopped or wiped on, allowed to soak for a couple of minutes and rinsed off. A scrub brush or broom can be used to work the cleanser into the knooks and cranies and help loosen the dirt. Do not allow the cleanser to dry before rinsing, especially on glass. Finish up with a good rinsing with clean water. If the surface is to be repainted it should be done as soon as possible to prevent the regrowth of mildew.
Will acrylic exterior paint last longer than oil-based or alkyd exterior paint?
Normally, yes. Acrylic paints are less prone to fading, cracking, chalking and peeling when used on properly prepared surfaces. On new wood an oil-based primer should be used to prevent stains from bleeding through from the wood. If possible all sides and edges of the wood should be primed. After priming apply one or two coats of 100% acrylic paint. An exterior paint job should look good and give protection for several years, how long exactly will be determined by the amount of exposure to moisture and sunlight the painted surfaces receive. Areas frequently exposed to the elements might require repainting or touching up on a annual or bi-annual schedule.
Why is the paint on my garage door chalky?
It is possible that the paint was formulated to be “self cleaning”. Some paint is made to slowly degrade by chalking with the idea that the chalk is washed away by rain leaving a clean looking surface. Works better as a theory than actual practice though. Other reasons might be that the paint was applied too thinly, is old, a poor quality paint was used or this is normal wear of the paint layer. Before repainting any chalky surface it should be thoroughly washed, rinsed and allowed to dry. Painting over the chalk will cause the new paint layer to peel off prematurely.
Can the weather be too hot or too cold to paint outdoors?
Ideally the temperature for exterior painting should be between 60° and 80°. Newer acrylic paints are being formulated to paint in cooler temperatures and this is fine if other conditions are favorable. You still want to paint surfaces that are dry and will not be exposed to dew before the paint dries properly. The slower drying times of paint used in cooler temps must be considered when painting doors and windows needing to be shut or the hardware re-installed. Paint applied to cool surfaces especially metal may sag or run before it has a chance to dry. Painting in hot weather may cause the paint to dry too quickly. The solvents in paint may evaporate before they bond to the old surface. If the paint is drying too quickly it is difficult to smooth out and blend the brush strokes which will leave unsightly lap marks. Consider too that surfaces in direct sunlight will be warmer than the air temperature. Whenever possible try to avoid painting surfaces in direct sunlight and instead paint on the shady side of the structure or during overcast days.
More helpful painting tips, techniques and how-to articles can be found by following these links:
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