Advice and Tips
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.
EXTERIOR PVC TRIM
Exterior PVC trim, railings, etc. can be painted to change color and provide uniformity of appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FIBER CEMENT SIDING
Fiber cement is a stable, durable siding material. Here are guidelines for obtaining a quality, uniform, long-lasting paint job.
This 4-page file summarizes basic paint sprayer types.
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.
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.
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.
FACTORS AFFECTING DRYING RATE OF ARCHITECTURAL LATEX PAINTS
These factors can be additive.
- Weather/Air conditions
- 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.
- 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.
MAINTAINING EXTERIOR PAINT
Check paints and stains twice a year and take steps as appropriate.
- 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.
INTERIOR SHEEN UNIFORMITY
Maximizing sheen uniformity when painting of new interior drywall.
MAINTAINING INTERIOR PAINT
With proper maintenance, quality interior paint can have an extended service life.
- Dealing with dirt
- Treating mildew
Application conditions with exterior painting can impact the overall appearance and performance of an exterior paint job.
ELASTOMERIC WALL COATINGS
This sheet summarizes the features of elastomerics and the requirements to get maximum performance.
PAINTING EXTERIOR ELASTOMERIC WALL COATINGS
Weathered elastomeric wall coatings may be refreshed by application of a quality exterior acrylic latex paint.
100% ACRYLIC QUALITY PAINT
100% acrylic offers key performance benefits...and other aspects of a quality paint ensure top performance.