April 1st, 2014
Washing out rollers between coats is a pain. Usually you find they remain wet or have residual paint remaining in the roller. This can lead to coverage, color and drytime issues on the second coat if not properly dry.
To keep your roller ready between coats use an ordinary plastic shopping bag. Turn the bag inside-out to make sure any debris that might be in the bag is removed. Put the roller and frame into the bottom of the bag. Press the bag against the roller cover and squeeze lightly to expel air that might remain trapped in the bag. Then you can twist or tie the remaining part of the bag around the frame. The bag helps keep the paint wet and prevents paint from drying in the roller.
Keep at room temperature away from heat or sunlight. If properly done, the roller can remain useable for at least 12 hours. This can also be done with brushes but is not recommended for more than a few hours. Again, always remember to pour paint into a clean container to work from during the project. Dipping into the original container can introduce contaminants.
March 1st, 2014
A good paint brush is worth it’s weight in gold on any paint project. They can last for years if properly cleaned and stored. Always leave time at the end of every paint project to properly clean brushes.
To clean, start by removing as much paint as possible from the bristles with water. You should rinse thoroughly with warm, soapy water. You can tell when most of the paint is removed when the water becomes clear.
After the rinse, separate the bristles using a paint brush comb. This will help to separate the bristles and remove paint that might have been missed during the initial rinse. Then use a liberal amount of hand cleaner and use one that is petroleum or lanolin based which will further condition the bristles. Brush and rinse one final time to remove any paint or cleaner from the center of the brush. Shake or spin the brush well to remove excess water. Finally, dry with a clean rag.
Storage can be done by either placing the brush tightly in a piece of butcher paper or in the original sleeve to help keep the shape. If this step is skipped, the bristles can fan out over time and become useless for precision painting. Then store the brush on a hanger with the rest of your painting tools.
December 13th, 2013
Redoing the interior of a home can be very exciting, but also pretty pricey. It is important for you to stay within your budget. If you cannot afford professional services or prefer to do it yourself, get familiar with the following procedures to learn and greatly improve the quality of the paint job.
1. Study proper prep techniques for the walls to eliminate nail pops, dents, and other defects.
2. Research what tools to buy. Cloths, buckets, brushes, rollers, roller naps, tape, ladders, etc.
3. Learn how to roll out walls and ceilings.
4. Memorize how to properly hold, bump, and edge with a brush.
5. Get familiar with the order of painting, ceilings first, walls and then trim last.
6. Once ceilings and walls are painted, tape off walls to create straight lines between the trim.
There is no need to go broke from enhancing the interior of a home, so use available resources to become an expert in these areas!