Good Painting Weather
It is best to paint west or north sides during the morning, east or south in the afternoon. Avoid painting in the hot summer sun. Paint on the shady side. The paint will be less apt to blister and peel.
Maintain A “Wet” Edge
Selecting Your Color
Are you considering using a bold color for your next painting project? If so, take the size of the job into account when you’re selecting your color. Color tends to be intensified when used on large areas and you may end up with an appearance that’s not quite what you had in mind. If you’ve got a large surface to cover, try a color that’s a shade or two lighter-you’ll avoid a common pitfall and end up with the look you envisioned.
Improving Your Painting Surface/ Environment
Before painting over a glossy surface, use fine sandpaper on the surface and wash down the area with water and a light detergent to achieve optimum paint adhesion.
When you’ve got cracks or holes to fill, apply spackle into the imperfection with a putty knife and smooth the area so that its flush with the surface. After the spackle has dried, lightly sand the area to further ensure a smooth and even surface. You may find that the spackle shrank a bit while drying. If so, repeat the process a second time and remember to wash down the area with water to remove any dust before you paint.
Before you begin your interior projects, take time to create the best working environment you can. Often times space is limited, if you can’t remove all your furniture from the room, cover the items with plastic to prevent a painting disaster. To obtain the best possible results, remove electrical faceplates and hardware, pictures and window treatments.