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Some Reminders For House Painting Painting a house, may involve interior or exterior jobs, never before painted surfaces or revitalizing existing areas. Paints enhance the design and style of a house. Paint “changes” surfaces, providing these a fresh, dazzling and new look. The aesthetics of a house or portions thereof are not only improved; painting […]

Some Reminders For House Painting

Painting a house, may involve interior or exterior jobs, never before painted surfaces or revitalizing existing areas. Paints enhance the design and style of a house. Paint “changes” surfaces, providing these a fresh, dazzling and new look. The aesthetics of a house or portions thereof are not only improved; painting also provides protection against damage that can be caused by rust, corrosion, insects and mold. Do-it-yourself painting undertakings could be fun and rewarding, but must be done right to ensure time and money is not wasted.

Before actually doing a painting job, a house owner must first firm up a painting plan. He must confirm the concept. This basically is about having a clear idea on which areas require painting (as opposed to staining) and what colors and color combinations achieve the desired look. The owner can then check out the best paint type suitable for the area (and the painting goal) once the design is firmed up.

This involves knowing what paints work well for interior applications or external surfaces; for a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom area; external siding, patio floor, etc. Paint types are also classified according to the surfaces these best work on (i.e., wood, brick, masonry, concrete/cement, metal, plastic, tile). Paints could be eggshell, semi-gloss, flat or gloss. Paints could be classified as solvent-based (oil paints) or water-based (latex or acrylic). There are washable paints with others more resistant to abrasion and scrubbing. Paints made of epoxy or polyurethane may be the option for high-traffic floors or areas requiring better weatherproofing.

Familiarization with the application methods peculiar to these paints, which includes surface preparation requirements, priming, applying base coats, corner/edging, subsequent coats to the final finish., is necessary for the owner. Applicable tools (and equipment) required to carry out these activities must also be confirmed: Is it a paint brush or roller job? Will it be better to use sprays and if so, which spray method or type?

The owner must be able to measure the extent of work and estimate the quantity of paint and consumables. He should be able to compute the total square meters of area to be painted: be familiar with the area coverage for each paint coat and the coverage capacity of a liter of paint; all to determine the total paint quantity (for every color and type) the job requires. Consumables like body fillers, sanding paper, masking tape, protective sheeting, thinners, tints, scrapers and applicators should also be estimated similarly. Finding the right source for the supply of these materials is essential to ensure quality at prices that will fit the budget.

The would-be painter can visit various websites for information on trends and concepts about ideal painting styles and solutions. These info-sites provide guidelines for proper painting methods. A lot of these show “how-to” videos to help visualize these techniques. Like any undertaking, experience does assure more satisfactory results; but insights from the experience of others, definitely helps. Of course, some trials on small areas first before taking on the actual painting project would minimize re-work.

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