Mythic Paint-Dealer of the Month

February 1st, 2015

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The use of Mythic continues to grow in our store. It is becoming my go to brand, and I am trying to get the employees to think likewise. There is no reason not to choose Mythic because of the quality and value of the paint, and the non-toxic product is a huge added feature. Mythic sends us more customers than any other line that we carry. They are doing something right in their marketing strategy.

Naylor Paint

Venice, CA

http://www.naylorspaint.com/

 

Why homeowners should use Painter’s tape?

January 10th, 2015

Let’s face it painting can be an overwhelming task for any size DIY project. However, the average homeowner lacks professional experience to free hand paint clean lines and for some it may be a first time endeavor. Painter’s tape will help create clean lines you are¬†looking for and this roll of paper and adhesive can save alot of frustration in the long run.

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Painter’s tape is effective at reducing paint bleed, easy removal and stays adhered to the surface unlike masking tapes used in the past. Painter’s tape leaves behind a clean paint line between surfaces, giving you¬†confidence when painting. However, you¬†should be made aware of best use practices and the type of tape to use based on the surface to be painted. Before you start the project, walk through the following steps that¬†can go along way to create professional looking results.

Step 1. Test the tape-Check the tape adhesion in an inconspicuous area. Press a piece onto the surface and then remove it to see if damage to the surface occurs. If damage does occur, the tape’s adhesion level might be too strong for the surface to be painted. However, also check that it will stay adhered. If it doesn’t, a higher-grade adhesion tape will be needed.

Step 2: Prepare the Work Area- Before starting, furniture should be moved from the room or placed in the center of the room covered with drop cloths. Properly cleaning the surfaces is necessary for both painter’s tape and paint adhesion. Painter’s tape won’t adhere to dirty or damaged areas resulting in poor adhesion which can lead to paint infiltrating under the tape. Use a damp sponge to wipe down all surfaces and allow it to dry.

Step 3. Apply the tape- Pull or cut a length of tape and carefully apply it to the surface. Be careful not to stretch the tape as you apply to avoid breaks or poor adhesion. Press and smooth the tape down on the surface as you apply, so it makes even contact. Use a putty knife or similar tool to press the tape down and ensure it has adhered and formed a tight seal along edges and in the contours of the surface.

Step 4. Remove tape immediately after last coat. Remove the tape immediately after the last coat has been applied. Remember that the longer it stays on, the harder it is to remove. Pull it off at a 45-degree angle to avoid removing any paint from the freshly painted surface. Also, pull it gently at a constant controlled rate to avoid removing paint or leaving adhesive on the masked surface. If you notice a layer of paint pulling or lifting away with the tape, use a putty knife to lightly score the edge where the tape meets the paint.

When to throw out your brush

December 13th, 2014

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Many homeowners and professionals alike can hold on to paint brushes for a long time if properly maintained. ¬†As we head into the¬†painting¬†season, many people take this time to update¬†the look of their home or declutter. Let’s take this time to alsocheck your brushes to see if they are up to the task of a paint job or need to be tossed.

Worn Out –¬†Over repeated uses the brush may feel worn out especially when used alot on coarse or textured surfaces. What started as a nice brush full of spring ends up as a stubby, unresponsive brush.

Shedding –¬†Some brushes can “shed” bristles even when they are new. Wear-and-tear, poor quality bristles, and dried-in paint all encourage shedding. Stray hairs in paint can be very annoying and will leave you to pick them with your fingernails and it’s an irritation you can avoid.

Spreading –¬†Improper storage and general wear-and tear can contribute to bristle spreading. Stray hairs can create jagged edges or end up applying paint to unwanted surfaces.

Get a Handle on It –¬†Most great paint brushes still have wooden handles. If not properly stored, the handles can dry out, split or even break due to the elements. Sometimes the handle can be repaired but eventually it will end up in the trash.

Remember the paint job can only be as good as the tools allow. So get the most out of your tools, time and paint by properly maintaining brushes and throw out broken, worn out and damaged tools.