Commercial and residential
Painting your house is one way to add value to your home. This
is true even if you are just painting with the same color as you had
before. Using paint of good quality can make a difference bet lasting
finishes, color retention, and easier to clean.
If you are working indoors, you must attend to the
holes in walls and ceilings before slapping on a coat of paint. These
areas should be repaired with a vinyl spackling compound and they
will usually require more than one coat due to shrinkage. If you have
larger damaged areas to repair then you will most likely need to use
wallboard or plaster patch. You can make wallboard repairs with Fiberglas
joint tape and drywall joint compound. Plaster repairs can be successfully
made with plaster patching product. If you need to blend in a textured
finish after you make a repair, try using a spray texture in an aerosol
For exterior finishes, you will probably be working
with old flaking paint on the siding, trim, gutters and downspouts.
This needs to be removed before you put a fresh coat of paint on.
The most effective approach would be to begin with a power washing
with water to remove the majority of the damage and then use a paint
scraper to remove the remaining flaking, chipped or blistered paint.
Once that is done, mix together a solution of 50/50 bleach and water
to remove mold and mildew.
Your next step is to select the right paint and applicators
for the job. This step is essential to an attractive and long-lasting
result. As a rule of thumb, note that the more costly the paint is
the better quality it is. Basically this means is that a costly paint
will most likely get the job done in one-coat, be abrasion-resistant
and remain good looking for a longer period of time. It is definitely
worth paying the extra money for. Below are a few tips on what type
of paint should be used for applications.
- Oil-base semi-gloss enamel should be used for surfaces that will
be subject to abundant moisture, such as basements, bathrooms, laundry
rooms, and kitchens. Although new advances in latex paint are making
latex just as durable in wet spaces.
- A High-quality 100-percent-acrylic latex flat wall paint should
be used on other surfaces.
- Exterior paint should be selected according to the material that
you are painting. There are special paints designed to work with