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More Painting and Decorating Quick Tips!

1. Regarding color selection and matching to palette: From a paint store, get three duplicate color card strips for each color in your palette. For each color, cut apart two of the color card strips. Next, tape on the areas that you want to cover. Place them closely together. View in the daylight, also in the dark, and under artificial light.

2. Use better quality preparation products, supplies and tools – ones in good condition. And, protect the bare space the best that you can.

3. Use the best quality paint and finish products, bristle brushes and roller covers that you can afford.

4.  Use proper, quality finish-producing supplies, tools and methods.

5. Paint in mild weather, whenever possible. For professional/trade painters, that’s often impossible. So, we opt, if possible, for the better time of the day to apply certain products and finishes.

6. Always read and follow manufacturer product labels for guidelines to achieve the best results. Look for information about temperature, weather conditions, climate, drying time, surface prepping, application, etc.

7. All reputable manufacturers do improve even their most popular products from time to time. One little instruction can change enough to require you to change your procedure, too!

8. Look beyond the obvious surfaces to be painted, when selecting your color scheme. Examples: soffits, trims, turrets, fretwork, set-ins/built-ins,  chair railings, wainscoting, half-walls.

9. Short on time? Self-priming painting may be a good option. It can hide hard-to-conceal colors. Note: Generally it costs more.

10. Do you have a high traffic/high use area to finish? High-sheen, high-quality acrylic latex paint tends to give a tough finish and exceptional stain resistance. Also, it keeps clean and fresh-looking longer.

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Painting and Decorating Quick Tips

1. Use higher quality 100 percent acrylic latex, versus oil-based, paint to simplify a multi-surface project – and to save money. Acrylic latex is a 21st Century environmental product of choice. * Benefits: Adheres to nearly every surface, including vinyl and metal; high durability; more chip/peel resistant; longer color retention; useable as both primer and finish coat.

2. Regularly, check exposed surfaces for exposed/bare wood, metal, etc. Exterior areas, for example, can be damaged by mowers, trimmers, etc. Promptly repair damaged surfaces, then spot-prime and re-paint and refinish them.

3. Periodically, do a walk-around inspection of surfaces and areas – interior and exterior. Look for fading, bleeding, peeling, flaking, chipping, blistering paint or finish.

4. To fix exposed areas, seal from moisture by caulking or flashing. Then, scrape, sand, spot-prime, and re-paint or re-finish the surface.

5. Discourage exterior fungi growth (eg. mold/mildew) by cutting back foliage to let the sun’s rays in.

6. Always protect yourself, from head-to-toe, when using any toxic product, including bleach. If you use a toxic chemical product regularly, invest in a free-standing breathing apparatus.

7. When choosing the predominant color/hue for painting a room that you will be using frequently, choose the color as if you will be painting the entire room with that color. Ask yourself, “Will I be able to live with this indefinitely?”

8. Use the predominant color/hue to create the color scheme/palette for the entire room, or area.

9. Be savvy. Use the color palette created by professional colorists that work with the manufacturer of the paint you plan to use.

10. Use the “color visualizer” on the paint/product manufacturer’s website. It enables you to move your colors around to see where you want them – and how they might look when the room is completed.

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