TIPS ON PAINTING
Choose Fabrics First
When choosing colors you need to have an inspiration, a starting point to select the color. A fabric from a drapery or accent pillow or bedding. We can make any color you want, but if you choose a color and then go looking for fabric you have just narrowed your selection of textiles. Even if you want to go neutral, we need to know what "undertone" you want. When decorating a room, painting the walls is the first thing you do, but the paint color is the last thing you choose.
Don’t forget the 5th wall, your ceiling. Some people want to have a little color on their ceiling and some want the traditional “ceiling white”. When thinking about a ceiling color there are options. You can use your trim color which will soften the ceiling or you can go a lighter shade of your walls. Now remember if your walls are red, a lighter version is pink, so that might not be the answer. If your walls are neutral like Revere Pewter, you might want to go 1/4 strength on the ceiling. If you go full strength it will appear darker because of the angle of the ceiling compared to the walls. 1/2 strength will generally look like the color of the walls, 1/4 strength will look slightly lighter than the walls. If at all possible look at the color strip and maybe a couple of shades light than the wall color will work.
Painting a Paneled Door
Painting a paneled door takes patience. Follow the direction from the diagram by painting the panels first then the middle mullion, the cross rails and top and bottom rails then the hinge and lock stiles. Make sure you check the corners of the panels for any puddling of paint. Don’t try to paint with a loaded brush, gravity will take over and you will have paint runs.
Four steps to the best finish:
1) Preparation, The right preparation is the key to successful, long-lasting results. Use these prep products to properly prepare your surface:
2) Select Color & Opacity, Choose from a variety of opacities from natural to solid color in an array of colors. Arborcoat comes in Translucent, Semi-Translucent, Semi-Solid and Solid.
3) Application, Apply an even, uniform coat to a dry surface. Maintain a wet edge during application. Stains 2 or 3 boards at a time, the length of the boards to eliminate lap marks. If at all possible try not to apply in direct sun light.
4) Maintenance, Keep stained areas free of leaves and debris. Periodically wash with #318 Multi Purpose Cleaner to remove dirt and other surface contamination.
When painting a wall you want to roll the wall from top to bottom and back up like the diagram shows, not short strokes which could leave roller marks. Don’t press down on the roller to hard because that could leave ridges along the edge of the roller cover. Invest in a good frame and extension pole. When rolling the wall keep adequate paint on the cover, don’t roll it too thin. Please don’t do the “W”, is could leave roller marks if not properly back rolled.
How Much Paint Do You Need?
When figuring the amount of paint you will need to paint a room I can give you a general guild line. Measure the perimeter of the room and multiply by the height of the walls.
Example; if your room is 15′ x 17′ with 8′ ceilings you would add, 15′ +15′ +17′ +17′ X 8′ = 512 square feet. A gallon covers 400 square feet for one coat. A quart cover 100 square feet per coat. Your second coat you don’t need as much paint so in this case I would sell you 2 gallon for 2 coats. Now if you have a wall of windows or bookcases then we would deduct the square footage of those spaces.
Bathrooms and Kitchens are a little more difficult because of the cabinets and tile. Measure the wall areas that are to be painted, figure the square footage of each area and then add them together to get your total square footage.
Which Sheen Should You Use?
Let’s talk about sheen’s and what we typically used for different surfaces.
Painting in the Cold
We get this question every fall, “How cold can it be to paint?”. You don’t want to paint below 40 degrees. Now that is surface temperature not air temperature. The substrate your painting needs to be at least 40 degrees. So if it’s 40 in the morning you might want to wait a couple of hours for the siding or deck to warm up. Stop painting mid afternoon to allow the paint to dry before it goes below 40 degrees that evening. If it’s too cold the paint can not properly “cure” which will affect the adhesion and dry time. If there is any rain or dew from the next morning is could possibly spot the finish.
Lighting, the evil word when it comes to choosing a paint color. As you can see from the three pictures lighting plays a roll in how color will look. Here is the same color, in the same place, through out the day. You might think a color it beautiful at a friends house but it might not work at your house due to the lighting. We have large sheets of the Benjamin Moore colors that you can check out or you can purchase a pint and test the color. I would recommend buying a Mighty Board ( we have here in the store) paint the board and move it around the room. Look at the color day and night. I would much rather you purchase a pint and test it at home and in your lighting than make a hasty decision on a color in the store. We are always here to help you with color.
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