right way to paint - Part I
worst part of painting is getting ready to paint, and cleaning up
afterwards. The rest, to me, is a lot like yoga. --
knows someone who thinks he’s a good painter. However, the
“will paint for beer” is usually not the best reference one can
find, no matter how well-intentioned.
isn’t difficult but in order to do it right, you’ve got to take
your time and relax. That’s why we’re breaking this column on
painting into two or three follow-ups, so you can get the feel for
what should happen when.
One: What are you doing?
Right now if you’re painting, hopefully you’re doing it
inside, because paint needs to cure at no less than 50 degrees
Fahrenheit, according to Mike Frentz. Hopefully you haven’t started
yet, because what you want to do is take a good look at the room
you’re about to paint and consider the following.
Two: Prep Work
shape are the walls in? Painting brings out small imperfections,
so if the walls have small nail or anchor holes, Mike recommends
Onetime, a lightweight spackle that works as well for small holes
as it does for larger structural cracks. If you’re working with
a hole that looks like a bowling ball went through it, skip the
spackle and do it right – use a pre-mixed joint compound and
self-stick mesh joint tape.
you see the remnants of water damage or stains, you need to lay
down a base of material that will keep the stain from bleeding
through the paint. That base stuff is called BIN or KILZ. Ask
someone at Frentz how to use it.
- Are you
contemplating staining any trim in the room? Do it first –
that’s not the kind of detail work you want to try when
everything else around the object is complete.
there are areas where you have a space because the baseboard
doesn’t meet with the wall. Go for a tube of Polyseamseal® caulk,
squeegee it along the crack, wet your fingers with water and
smooth it out. When it dries, you’ll be able to paint right over
Three: Pick your paint
The next thing to do is decide on what type of paint you want to use,
and know why:
example, you may need a good, thick primer if you’re painting
fresh drywall, which inhales paint. Just because it’s new and
smooth doesn’t mean it will cover in one coat.
are going to use two coats of paint, no matter what,” Mike says.
Two coats will give you the look you’re envisioning.
or semi-gloss paint is usually for walls. Flat, in particular,
seems to hide a lot of the imperfections in old plaster walls
found in many old neighborhood homes. The semi-gloss works
best in bathrooms, kitchens and children’s rooms (however, if
you’re going to paint a bathroom with a shower in it, use a
specially designed latex paint so it won’t peel or bubble due to
the humidity). PERMA-WHITE®
Mold & Mildew-Proof™
latex or oil base paints are for trim. Mike says you’ll find oil
base paints are more durable than latex, but have a much stronger odor
and you’ll need mineral spirits to clean up. They are also
being phased out by the EPA.