Friday, November 30, 2007

Selecting the Right Type of Paint

Many factors determine the type of paint that you should use on any given paint job, including the nature of the surface you want to paint and its condition, the age of the surface, and the type of the paint previously used on the surface, if any.
Virtually all the paints that you might use around the home fall into two categories: water-based latex paints; and solvent-based paints, which are commonly referred to as oil-based paints or "alkyds." These names refer to one of the major differences between the two types of coatings- most of the liquid portion of the latex paints is water, while the liquid in oil-based paints consists of the petroleum distillates and other organic solvents.
About 75% of all paint that is sold today is of latex variety. Do-it-yourself use an even higher percentage of this type of paint for both exterior and interior projects. But you should take for nothing for granted when painting your home. You must consider the nature of your particular job to decide which type of paint is the best for your application.

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Resource from A Step-by-Step Guide How to Paint. Paint & Decorating Retailers Association.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Analyzing the Project

Painting a House, or even a single room can be an enormously gratifying experience. However, to do the job right, it is important to understand everything about the project before you begin.
Start by critically looking over areas that you want to paint. If you are painting the exterior of your home, walk around it slowly and really analyze what needs to be done. Carry a pen a paper and take notes.
What type of materials make up your home's exterior? Wood? Stucco? Aluminum sinding? Vinyl siding? Metal? Brick? You will probably be surprised at the number of different surfaces on your home. Take a note of their condition. Are they peeling? Chalking? Rusting? Is the caulk intact, or are there gaps where different surfaces meet? Is mildew present? Again, take notes. Are there any special problems- for example, is any siding rotted or damaged? Keep in mind that most any surface material can be painted- including surfaces like aluminum or vinyl siding.
Likewise, if you are planning to do interior painting, take a hard look at the rooms you want to paint. What is the condition of the walls? Will repairs be necessary? Is the woodwork in good condition? If there are stains on the walls, nail holes, etc., pinpoint their specific location on your "report card".
These note will be very helpful throughout the course of your work. They will help you plan your job properly, tell you whether or not you will need to purchase any special tools or coatings, and help you go about your job in an orderly fashion.
The big payoff will come later. By approaching your job in a methodical, professional manner, you are sure to save time and get the best possible results with your painting.
For more information go to
Resource from A Step-by-Step Guide How to Paint. Paint & Decorating Retailers Association.