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Articles on Paint and Painting Projects

The articles below provide important information on paint and various painting projects. Select any of these files from our series on selected topics. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

10 TIPS FOR HIRING A PAINTING CONTRACTOR

Here are suggestions for the homeowner or building manager when making a decision on which contractor to choose for a quality paint job.
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EXTERIOR PVC TRIM

Exterior PVC trim, railings, etc. can be painted to change color and provide uniformity of appearance.
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HIDING & COVERAGE

Achieving good hiding with an interior paint job can depend on several factors, including the nature of the paint, the color, the surface being painted and the application tools.
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PAINTING A PANELED DOOR

Painting a paneled door with a latex paint can be frustrating because of lap marks, especially if conditions are hot and dry. This Info Sheet provides tips on the best brushing sequence in order to minimize lapping.
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PROTECTING EXTERIOR WALLS FROM WATER INTRUSION

Here are factors to take into account in planning a paint job in order to minimize chance of water getting into exterior walls.
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DRYING TIME FOR INTERIOR LATEX PAINT

Several factors need to be taken into account: Re-coat time, time before cleaning, and application of masking or painter's tape.
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FIBER CEMENT SIDING

Fiber cement is a stable, durable siding material. Here are guidelines for obtaining a quality, uniform, long-lasting paint job.
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SPRAYERS

This 4-page file summarizes basic paint sprayer types.
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SOLVENTS USED WITH PAINTS AND COATINGS

Solvents differ in odor, flammability and what they can dissolve. It is important that the correct solvent be used to thin or clean-up a coating. All solvents must be used with proper safety precautions.
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COATING DECKS

Wood decks present a particularly demanding surface for painting or staining. The floor area, being horizontal facing up, subjects the coating to a number of damaging elements, such as a UV light from sunshine and stress from standing water, snow, wet leaves, etc.
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SURFACTANT LEACHING

This phenomenon is known by several names: streak staining, surfactant leaching, surfactant staining exudation, and weeping. It can occur with any exterior latex house paint when conditions are such that water soluble components of the paint are extracted and deposited in concentration on the surface.
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FACTORS AFFECTING DRYING RATE OF ARCHITECTURAL LATEX PAINTS

These factors can be additive.
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  • Weather/Air conditions
  • Application
  • Surface characteristics
  • The paint composition

FACTORS AFFECTING TOUCH-UP OF LATEX PAINTS

Noticeable appearance differences when a paint is spot-applied to a previously done job.
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  • How the appearance can differ
  • Variables that can cause or contribute to touch-up problems
  • Tips for avoiding touch-up problems

INTERIOR STAINS AND CLEAR COATINGS

Interior stains are generally semi-transparent wiping stains applied to bare wood, and then topcoated with a protective clear coating of one type or another. This is unlike exterior stains, which are often applied with no clear coating on top.
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MAINTAINING EXTERIOR PAINT

Check paints and stains twice a year and take steps as appropriate.
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  • Check for mold and mildew
  • Remove dirt and chalk
  • Look for efflorescence
  • Monitor the condition

HOW TO MINIMIZE MILDEW

Mildew is a black or brown fungus that can grow on and disfigure exterior surfaces, including paint. While it is not possible to guarantee a 100% mildew-free paint job, especially for a long period of time, there are some precautions that can help significantly in reducing or avoiding mildew growth on a paint job. Try to take as many of these into account as you can when planning and doing an exterior paint job.
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INTERIOR SHEEN UNIFORMITY

Maximizing sheen uniformity when painting of new interior drywall.
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MAINTAINING INTERIOR PAINT

With proper maintenance, quality interior paint can have an extended service life.
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  • Dealing with dirt
  • Treating mildew
  • Blocking

APPLICATION CONDITIONS

Application conditions with exterior painting can impact the overall appearance and performance of an exterior paint job.
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ELASTOMERIC WALL COATINGS

This sheet summarizes the features of elastomerics and the requirements to get maximum performance.
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PAINTING EXTERIOR ELASTOMERIC WALL COATINGS

Weathered elastomeric wall coatings may be refreshed by application of a quality exterior acrylic latex paint.
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100% ACRYLIC QUALITY PAINT

100% acrylic offers key performance benefits...and other aspects of a quality paint ensure top performance.
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