Painting Project Tried-and-True Tips
For long-term paint storage, transfer excess paint to a smaller container if a can is less than half full. This will ensure less air exposure. Filter the paint through a paint strainer when transferring. Use a plastic bag to cut a gasket an inch larger than the mouth of the container to help seal the paint inside. Tap the lid closed with a rubber mallet, sealing all the way around the rim.
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Pick the Right Paint
Interior vs. Exterior— Paints have this designation for a good reason. Exterior paints often have a fungicide or UV blocker to ensure better outdoor performance, but these chemicals may pose adverse health effects to the home’s occupants when used indoors, where an interior-grade paint would be a better choice.
Oil-based, Latex or Enamel— Oil-based paints are typically composed of pigments dissolved in a mineral spirit such as paint thinner. Latex-based products are an emulsion suspended in water. The biggest difference for the DIY’er is that oil-based paint requires mineral spirits for cleanup, has a longer dry time and a stronger odor, but it dries to a harder finish. Latex products typically will dry faster and are easier to clean up, requiring only water. Oil-based paints are used primarily where a harder finish is required. However, today’s improved latex products can be used in most applications that traditionally called for an oil-based paint. Enamel is a broad classification for finishing materials that dry to a smooth finish. In the past “enamel” referred only to oil-based coatings, but some new latex products area also referred to as enamels. Always refer to the paint manufacturer’s recommendations for specific usage.
The Right Sheen for the Job— Flat paints conceal imperfections in walls and other surfaces, making them a good choice for ceilings and rooms that aren’t exposed to moisture or heavy soiling (bedrooms, home offices, living rooms). High-gloss paints tend to highlight imperfections in walls and woodwork, but they are durable and stain-resistant—and much easier to clean than paints with less gloss. High-gloss sheen is ideal for windows, baseboards and moldings. Paints with semi-gloss sheen are a smart compromise between the two sheen extremes, providing some of the benefits of each. They can be used on the walls and cabinets of kitchens and baths. Additional sheens include eggshell and satin, which are less shiny than semi-gloss paints so they won’t highlight nicks and imperfections quite as much, but since they have a little gloss, they’ll be easier to clean than flat paints.
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