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Keep Paint Fresh - Painting Tips and Techniques

By George Josserme

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NO MATTER HOW CAREFUL WE ARE, there are times when our crisp paint job needs a touch-up. Even with the formula of a custom mixed paint, there are no guarantees that a new color accurately matches a previous color. However, the pros have pro-quality tips and painting techniques to achieve a perfect match.

All painting tips and techniques the top professionals use are based on saving leftover paint as opposed to buy new paint. They insist that what we do ~and what we should not do~ is what considerably extends the life of that precious leftover paint. They then point out that a higher paint quality and the more efforts and care we invest from the moment we open the can of paint the greater is the success.

Many painting tips and techniques you are about to read means all the difference between a professional-quality touch-up job or having to repaint a project or surface because the paint does not match. Today's quality paints may remain pristine for years IF we care. Let's learn which painting tips and techniques pros want us to know.

before you start

» Prepare the work area ~including taping and placing drop cloths~ before you actually open your can of paint.

» Since paint stores are good at stirring paint, it is unnecessary to stir it again. Just use the paint within 24 hours after you purchase it. If more than 24 hours went by, read below how to stir it again.

» Use only can openers to remove the lid. Other tools, like screwdrivers, usually distort the lid which prevents a good seal when you are done.

during the project

» Exposure to air is what makes your paint to harden. Therefore, minimize the number of times you open the can; and do not leave the can open while you are painting.

» If you have to stir paint, do so gently to prevent air getting into the paint. Once it is done, remove the stick and firmly close the can with its own lid.

» It is efficient to pour paint in a smaller container and to remove paint that you want to use from the edge. You may use a Roller Can. Either way, and once you are done painting, immediately replace the container's lid OR place a Shower Cap over the Roller Can.

» Assuming you are painting with a water-based paint and you need to add water to paint that got too thick, it is when you have it in a container or roller pan when you may add water. NEVER add water to paint in the can. That water accelerates the process of spoiling, or mold growth.

» Do not dip any tools, rollers, or brushes directly in the can of paint. Dust, lint, or other unwanted material from the wall is transferred into an otherwise clean paint. After you are done painting for the day, it is recommended to discard the unused paint.

when you are done

» To get a good seal, clean both the lid and well or edge of the can. Then, close it.

» Since air inside a can dries paint, it is highly recommended to place a piece of plastic wrap in direct contact with the surface of the paint before you close the can. This action prevents a hardened surface film from forming.

» To seal the can properly, it is best to use a rubber mallet. If you prefer a hammer, use a wooden block on the lid to prevent distorting it.

» If the can is half full, you may consider to transfer all the remaining paint to smaller container/s to reduce air in contact with the paint. For this purpose, containers are sold at paint or hardware stores. You may use appropriate container/s that you may have. Should container/s have a screw-in lid, it is recommended to use a coating of petroleum jelly on the screw to create a better seal.

» Label the container/s, and write on each the following information:

1.- Name & Number of formula.

2.- The room it was used in.

3.- The date it was purchased.

4.- The store it was purchased at.

5.- As a reference, place a dot of paint the size of a coin on the lid. This reference paint prevents opening the container to see what color the paint is.

where to store your paint

» If possible, store the container/s of paint in climate-controlled environment. Remember that excessive heat makes paint react, and it hardens as time goes by.

» Do not leave container/s with paint on concrete, stone, or tile floors. Moisture may find a way to concentrate underneath which likely causes any metal container to rust inside. Keep in mind that that even a small amount of rust changes the color of the paint.

About Author Mr. George Josserme

This author brings us in this article the knowledge he gathered from commercial building professionals who gladly volunteered their valuable knowledge.

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