5 Keys to a Great Paint Job & Clever Wall Stain Removers!

The secret to a successful paint job is choosing materials carefully. Here are some guidelines:

  1. Choose the right colour. Take paint brochures home and pick the colour during the daylight in the room you’ll be painting. Buy a quart (1 litre) of the colour, paint part of the wall, and live with it before making the final decision.
  2. Cheap paint is expensive. You’re more likely to save money with top of the line paint. Cheap paint usually requires two coats to cover what’s on the wall, thereby doubling your cost. Low quality latex paint also gets chalky as it ages and needs to be repainted sooner.
  3. Get the right paint finish. Paint comes in glossy, semigloss, eggshell, satin, and flat finishes. Use glossy or semigloss on woodwork. In areas likely to get dirty – kitchens and bathrooms – use semigloss or eggshell on the walls. The glossier the paint, the more durable and easier it will be to clean. Flat, on the other hand, hides wall defects and touched-up areas better.
  4. Match don’t mix. Simplify your life. Use the same colour paint on trim and walls even if they’re not the same sheen. You’ll have to do far less masking, and touch-up is simpler since paint splashed from the walls onto the trim (or vice versa) is virtually invisible. This is a personal choice though but it does make life easier. Recently, I had to do a fair bit of painting and my significant other insisted that the baseboards/trim were a different colour than the walls. It looks great and clean however, it did take a considerable amount of time.
  5. Pick the right applicators. Select a short-nap roller for smooth walls and a longer nap for stucco, concrete, and textured surfaces. Make sure the roller has slightly beveled ends that won’t drag paint onto adjoining surfaces. Choose a nylon-wool blend roller for alkyd (oil) paint, but get an all-nylon roller for latex (the water in latex swells natural fibers). Similarly, choose a natural bristle brush for alkyd and synthetic bristles for latex. Look sideways at a brush. A good brush comes to a dull point; a cheap one is cut square. Look at the end bristle ends. Split ends (properly called flagged ends) help spread paint for a smoother finish.
  6. Read the instructions. Paint comes with a list of directions and certain heating and cooling times are not ideal for painting. The wall temperature must be above 10C  throughout the painting process. Do not paint outdoors if you think it may rain.

Painting can be a daunting task and is a bit of an art form. It requires skill, practice and plenty of planning. Feel free to ask our friends over at Matteo Painting and Finishing for more information.

Hogg Tips: Clever wall stain removers:

  • Crayon Marks – Spray the area with WD-40, then wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Small Spots and Smudges – Rub gently with an art gum eraser.
  • Large Spots – Make a paste from baking soda and water. Apply it with a soft cloth and wipe clean with a damp sponge.
  • Ink and Marker Stains – Wipe with a rag dampened with alcohol.
  • Grease Marks – Wipe with a rag dampened with mineral spirits.

Bryan Baeumler Approved

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