Atlanta House Painting Tips
See also: Picking a Painter
Knowing when it's time to
paint is important. Knowing what type
of paint to use is vital. Prepping
the work area is critical. Knowledge
is power: some helpful tips to consider
before you paint:
Rub your finger, gloved or naked,
on your home’s siding. If you
see chalky dust the muted color of
your paint, it’s time to paint:
the pigment and binders are coming
Choosing colors for your home is not
an easy task. Nothing is more disappointing
than seeing a color turn out less
than expected. Take time in
selecting your colors. Also
be aware that using quarts to sample
colors can sometimes be misleading.
Paint colors are formulated in gallons.
When a quart is needed, the formula
is divided by four. If there is not
an even divide, the formula is rounded.
This difference in the blend can result
in a slightly different hue. For interior
color testing, use painted poster
boards and tacks. If you are having
difficulty choosing colors, try using
Water loves to destroy houses, with rot, engraved invitations to termites and paint degradation (peeling or bubbling). Check your roof and check your plumbing. If necessary then call the roofer, the plumber and us.
Water, knot (tannin), mold, and smoke stains must be primed with oil-based primer to seal them away.
Old White Ladies.
Most Victorian homes in Atlanta were originally painted white. Don’t let someone tell you that your house needs to be “restored” to its original mauve or pumpkin hue.
Mildew finds white oil-based paint
particularly hospitable. Darker colors
dry faster. Mildew killing additives
can be used to minimize future growth.
Wall square footage is calculated by (wall length x ceiling height) + (wall length x ceiling height) + (wall length x ceiling height) + (wall length x ceiling height)= square foot wall space.
Oil paint can be removed from floors and furniture using tung oil furniture polish and a soft rag. Latex paint can be removed from floors and furniture using a cleaner such as Krud Kutter.
To test to see if you have oil-based
or latex paint, dampen a rag with
denatured alcohol and rub a test area.
If paint comes off, it’s latex;
if it hardly comes off, it’s
Never put a latex paint over oil-based
paint without first using oil-based
primer or you’ll be very, very
unhappy when the paint peels and cracks
in a short period of time. There is
no easy way to undo this mistake once
it is made.
Oil Slick: Watch Out.
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