Paint mistake solutions: Drip Marks

June 15th, 2014

Drips are typically caused by poor technique or rushing to get the job done. Usually this occurs by overloading the brush during application or a clogged tip when spraying. Drips may look unsightly but can be easily removed. Keeping a rag close by to fix drips as they occur is the best way to keep from having to go back and remove them after the project is complete.

1. Use a paint scraper to scrape off the paint drip excess. Do not gouge the surface but simply use the scraper to remove as much of the drip as possible.

2. Sand the area to a smooth finish using fine grit sandpaper.

3. Remove the dust with a damp cloth.

4. Repaint the sanded area.

Rollers + plastic bag

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.

Properly clean and store paint brushes

March 1st, 2014

paint-brush1A 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.