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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.
The edges of the walls where I cut-in and rolled look different after the paint has dried, what is “hatbanding”?
This used to be a common problem known as “hatbanding”, named so because of the difference in appearance of the cutting-in and rolled parts of the walls was mostly noticed at the top. Paints have improved so that this is usually no longer a problem. If I was having this show I would try these painting tips.
- It could be the paint, especially those with satin or semi-gloss sheens. Lower cost paints will sometimes have this problem.
- Paint one wall at a time so that the cutting-in will have a better chance of still being wet when rolled. I always cut-in first then roll over as much of the cut-in part as possible.
- Thin the paint with water or Floetrol if using latex or acrylic paint. This will slightly extend the drying time. I always thin wall paint, it leaves a smoother finish.
- On smooth walls the roller nap should not be more than an 1/2 inch nap, and lambswool will be worth the extra cost as it will usually leave a smoother finish.
- Roll as close to the corners, edges and trim as possible. If you do not feel comfortable rolling close to trim try using little two inch rollers to go around door frames and windows after cutting-in with the brush. If the wall height is short enough you can step on ladder to roll across the top.
My metal lawn furniture is rusty and needs to be repainted, what is the best paint for metal lawn furniture?
Definitely an oil-based enamel after priming with a rust preventative primer. Oil-based paint will give the best protection from the sun and rain. It dries hard and can be easily cleaned with strong cleansers. Remove rust before priming with a steel brush. The primer will help prepare the metal and seal any old rust stains. A primer containing zinc chromate usually provides good rust prevention. Major paint dealers will match a color in their oil-based enamel paints if you want something different than the usual black or white.
I want to paint a foyer leading into other rooms, how should it be painted? Should I use an accent color to highlight the foyer walls?
In the case of a small foyer relative to the rooms it leads into you may want to employ the technique known as ”squeeze and squirt“. Foyer walls painted a dark color will create a cozy entrance to your home, a place to pause to put away the keys and jacket or to greet your visitor. The dark color defines the space as an introduction to the rest of the home. From the foyer an invitation is made by the connected rooms painted with lighter, more vibrant colors. The contrast of the smaller dark foyer and the larger connected rooms painted lighter colors make these rooms seem inviting and more spacious.
The following foyer and adjoining room color combinations are only a few of the many possibilities but hopefully they are inspiration enough to find the accent and complementary colors for your home painting project. The colors from Farrow and Ball may be hard to find since their paint is only available in a few areas but the colors can probably be matched by most paint dealers. Colors viewed on a computer monitor will be different from the actual paint color. A sample of the paint should be used to make the final judgement.
Picture Gallery Red
Farrow and Ball
Farrow and Ball
Farrow and Ball
Benjamin Moore is known for their paint colors and quality paint, consider this paint color combination when searching for accent and complementary colors.
Going To the Chapel
More helpful painting tips, techniques and how-to articles can be found by following these links:
Pantone 2016 Color of the Year ◊ Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year ◊ How To Paint a Room ◊ How To Paint a Stairway ◊ How To Paint a Two-Story Room ◊ How To Choose Colors ◊ Six Step Color Choice ◊ Popular Color Ideas ◊ How To Choose Paint ◊ Tools ◊ How To Caulk ◊ How To Patch a Hole ◊ How To Patch a Crack ◊ How To Cut In a Wall or Ceiling ◊ How To Roll a Wall or Ceiling ◊ How To Paint Woodwork ◊ How To Paint a Window ◊ How To Paint Baseboard ◊ How To Paint a Door ◊ How To Paint Crown Moulding ◊ How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets ◊ How To Choose a Premium Paintbrush ◊ How To Paint a MDF Bookcase ◊ How To Paint Aluminum or Vinyl Siding ◊ How To Paint Over Faux Finishes ◊ How To Use Magnetic Paint ◊ How To Use FrogTape ◊ How To Paint Repair Water Damaged Drywall ◊ Hiring a Contractor ◊ Paint Stripper Safety ◊ Painting Louvered Shutters ◊ 2013 Color Trends ◊ Choosing Front Door Colors
More details about specific painting subjects are covered in the additional articles. In those will be found details, painting tips and techniques gathered from over 20 years of painting experience. Here is a list of links to the articles: