It's "DIY" Time
The sun is shining, school is out, and summer is finally here! I’m not sure if it’s just the change of wardrobe to bright, cool clothing, but summer always makes me want to start making changes around the house as well! Maybe you’re thinking of painting the powder room or cabinets... or you found a project on Pinterest that is too fun to pass up? Either way, summer seems to bring out the DIY side of our personalities. With that in mind, our team of artists has compiled their list of tips for painting that will save you time on your next painting project.
These are a few simple tips that our artists use every day to ensure all our projects are completed as neat and clean as possible.
Tips for Painting
1. Get off to a good start. The surface you want to paint should be free from damage or imperfections, especially if your finish is going to be glossy or shiny. Many people make the mistake thinking the paint will hide the flaws in their sheetrock or wood, instead it just highlights the blemishes. So be sure to smooth out the surface you will paint before beginning. Remember, It’s also important that the surface be clean and primed before any painting begins.
2. Don’t get STUCK with cheap tape, paint, brushes or rollers. I know it's tempting to grab the bargain stuff but you will pay for it with labor in the long run. Taping off a room is one of the first important steps in creating a great finish or repainting a space. Scotch 3M blue painters' tape is our go to brand for taping off a room or creating a design in tape. Cheap tape can ruin your final finish! Cheap tape can shred and be difficult to remove or worse it can allow bleeding. If you choose a cheap tape you may spend several hours cleaning up a mess. Spend a few more dollars for a good tape that makes your job easier. The same goes for good paint. We prefer Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore top-of-the-line paint (not "contractors" grade). You’ll get a great product and a beautiful finish each time! Also remember to store your paint and tape in a cool, dry place. Heat fries your tape and spoils the paint. So...no garage or attic storage. It's too hot.
3. Keep it Simple! Don’t fall for the gimmick. It’s easy to get won over with gimmicky tools and products as you ponder your next project in the aisle of the local paint or home improvement store. The consensus among our pros is to go for the good quality brushes and rollers. A good brush and appropriate roller, in a well prepped room, will always be better and typically more cost effective than anything else!
4. Our final tip is our best kept secret for cleaning up a paint mess. Three words, Dawn Power Dissolver. You’ll find this little gem in the cleaning product isle next to the dish detergent. It’s made to presoak your tough, grimy dishes but we somehow discovered that it will take paint out of clothes, brushes, carpet – even flooring and stencils. The key is to let it soak a little while. If you forget to wash out your brushes and they harden with paint, don’t fret! Spray your brush down with the Dawn Power Dissolver, wrap it in plastic wrap and then let it sit overnight. The next morning you can wash it out the paint. You’ll be amazed by how well it works!
We hope you find these tips helpful on your next project. If you have a time saving tip leave a comment and let us know!
Sincerely, Janie Ellis, RID, ASID-IP, CF, Master Artisan firstname.lastname@example.org