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How You Can Save Money on House Painting

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painters workingHaving a house that looks great after a new paint job doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. You can have your house painted on the cheap, but you have to know a few guidelines for saving money.

Do the Work on Your Own

Your best money saving option is to just paint everything yourself. This can be the obvious way to go for smaller jobs, but painting your entire house, particularly the exterior, may be beyond you. Just make sure that you at least consider doing the work on our own before you go and hire somebody. Look over what needs to be done to see if you can manage it yourself, if you really are looking for any avenue to take to save some money.

Find Free Samples

Often, you can get free samples from paint shops, particularly big retailers, that are enough to cover the job. For those smaller jobs, a free sample may be enough to get the job done well, but don’t expect to be able to cover a large job with them.

Getting those free samples can also give you enough paint to use to make sure that you will be happy with the final product. You can save money by not having to buy a different kind of paint partway through the project than what you started with.

Ask for Unwanted Paint

Many times, there will be paint buckets full of paint sitting at retailers that were never used or only used once that are incredibly cheap. It could be marked down because the paint wasn’t mixed to the customer’s liking or specifications. The paint is perfectly usable, and it can still give you a great finished look, but it may not be exactly the colour that you dreamed of using. If you are on a tight budget, then you may have to make some concessions to get a great price on paint.

Find Materials Second-Hand

If you are looking for drop-cloths, paint brushes and other materials for a lower price than what you would pay for them in the store, then you may want to consider second-hand stores, such as thrift shops, consignment shops or other places where used materials go for sale. You can also ask the paint supply store if they have used materials they wouldn’t mind selling to you cheap. As long as these things are in usable condition, it shouldn’t matter if they are rough looking or just need some touching up and cleaning up to make useful again.

Be Careful about Buying Cheap Paint

If you are serious about looking for ways to cut your costs on a house painting job, you may start by using the cheapest paint your can find, but that’s not always a good idea. That paint can start to deteriorate, fade or chip quickly, if the quality is too low. It can actually save you money over time to go with higher quality paint, even if it costs more upfront.

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When to Choose Latex or Oil-Based Paint

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There is a time and a place for both latex paint and oil-based paint, and we want to show you when you would use one over the other. If you use the wrong one, you can end up with an unsightly finished product, so it’s important to make the best possible choice.

Latex paint is the go-to choice for most painting professionals these days. They recommend it for most residential jobs, both interior and exterior. That’s because latex paints that are used today dry fast, are easy to apply and don’t cost very much, comparatively speaking. You can slap a couple coats on a large area in the same day with enough drying time between the two coats, when you use latex paint.

Latex is especially useful for ceilings and walls, since it dries so quickly. That means there is little chance that it will pool or drip, if it has been evenly applied.

Oil based paints are used almost every time that oil paints were used in the past. So, if you are repainting a surface area that has been previously painted with oil paints, then you will usually have to use oil paints to cover that area. Latex paint usually does not stick very well to a surface that has been coated in oil paint previously, so it’s important to know which kind of paint was used before you start painting over something.

If you want to use a latex based paint anyway, when you are repainting something that was painted with oil, then you have to apply some oil. You’ll need to use an oil primer and an oil sealer. Otherwise, your paint job just won’t last.

For painting a residential area, though, oil based paints just aren’t very practical. They have to dry overnight, so you are always at the mercy of the weather and other factors that could prevent the paint from drying properly. If you want to clean them off the carpet, furniture or anywhere else you accidentally spread paint, then you have to use mineral spirits to do so.

On top of that, oil based paints tend to smell very strongly which could be an issue when performing an extensive redecoration of your home. They may not be a viable option for residential areas where it would be impossible for the residents to move out for the night while the painting is done. There will be plenty of paint jobs where using oil-based paints is mostly inappropriate because of their strong smell. In some cases, using them may be against applicable regulations.

Oil paint is ideal for wood, though, since it is incredibly resistant to staining and is very durable. It protects wood better and longer than latex paints do, making it the clear choice for commercial wood painting.

In most cases, latex-base paints will be the best choice, but there are some instances where oil-based paints are preferable for one reason or another. Be sure to choose carefully to get the best results.

Painting Shortcuts to Avoid

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peeling paintA big paint job can be daunting- such as painting the outside of your house or painting a large interior room. It can take time and effort and even some painting expertise. We are here to supply some of the latter as we show you a few shortcuts to painting your house that you want to make sure you don’t take.

Painting without Cleaning a Surface

In order to make the paint stick properly to a surface, it needs to be clean from dust, dirt, mould and other things that may be attached. A dirty wall will lose new paint quickly, as the paint won’t be stuck to the wall, in many cases, but will be stuck to the dirt.

Once that dirt falls off, it takes the paint with it. That leaves you with a patchwork wall with a lot of unsightly holes in the paint.
Be sure to pressure wash, scrub or otherwise clean any surface you plan to paint until it is smooth and clean.

Painting over Old Paint

You can often paint over old paint if that paint is in good condition. If the paint is faded or just not the look you want anymore, but it is still intact, then it’s okay to paint over it. When you want to avoid repainting on top of old paint is when that paint is chipped, curled, peeling or otherwise damaged. That paint is going to come off over time, taking the new paint with it. Just like the dirt example we talked about above, you’ll end up with a wall that looks poorly painted after a while.

It’s best to scrape off any paint that is starting to show its age and peeling or chipping. It takes time to get rid of that old coat of paint, but you’ll save yourself from having to repeat the work over again later.

Not Preparing the Area for Painting

The biggest mistake people make when they paint a home themselves is that they don’t properly prepare the area they are going to paint. They don’t remove fixtures, such as light switches, lights or curtain rod holders. Or, they don’t sand down or smooth the materials before they start.

Another example of this would be forgetting to add a bottom coat of quality primer to a wall before adding the top coat. Many times, primer is what helps the paint look better and stick longer, and failing to put in that extra time and effort can result in a paint job that doesn’t last very long.

Homeowners looking to do some painting in their house should consult with a painting expert when it comes to primer and the various things they need to do to prepare a surface for painting. This is where the majority of them go wrong, but once the proper preparation has been made, it becomes fairly easy to make even big painting jobs look great.

Hopefully, these tips will keep you from making the same mistakes as a lot of other people and ensure that your house looks beautiful once you are finished redecorating it.

The Case for Removing Wallpaper Instead of Painting Over It

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One of the more common questions painting professionals get from homeowners is if it is okay to paint over wallpaper or if they need to remove it.

Now, removing the wallpaper can be a labour-intensive job, if it wasn’t applied in the right way. It’s nearly impossible to tell how it was applied before you actually start to strip it off, so a lot of people are justifiably concerned that it will take a lot of time and effort to remove the wallpaper. They are looking for shorter, more effective ways to deal with the problem, and simply painting over the wallpaper is an attractive option for them.

While many homeowners will not see a problem with painting over wallpaper, there actually are some serious repercussions that can come if it.

The biggest problem is that water from the wallpaper can seep through the paint and cause it to bubble and warp. There may be seems and pattern lines from the wallpaper that show through on the paint, and it won’t matter how much paint you put on the wall to try to cover it up. It may still be visible anyway.

Now, you may look at the wallpaper in your home and say that it doesn’t look wet to you, but the paste that is used to apply wallpaper is typically water based. So it’s usually safe to assume that some water will soak through the wallpaper and affect the paint in all sorts of different ways.

You can’t predict whether that will happen or not. It all depends on how the wallpaper was applied, but in general, it’s not a good idea to take the chance with the wallpaper and paint over it. If the water from the wallpaper starts to affect the paint, then all the work and time and money you put into painting the wall will be for nothing. You will have wasted all that and need to redo it, if you want it to look proper.

Simply having wallpaper in your home as you try to resell it can be a negative factor for potential buyers. Painted walls are considered to be a much better value, since they will tend to last longer and fit more people’s tastes. So, if you have wallpaper on your home and you want to boost the home’s value, then you need to think about painting those walls instead.

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Taking off the wallpaper can be a time-consuming process. How long it takes and what you have to do to remove it all depends on what was done to put it up in the first place. If you aren’t sure, what to do and how to deal with the wallpaper, then be sure to either look up a guide or ask a painting expert before you start your work. You don’t want to accidentally damage the walls. You also want to make sure that you prepare the surface of the walls before you do any painting, so that you will finish with the best-looking results.

The Difficulties of Exterior Painting on Brick

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One of the harder materials to apply paint to, and make it look good when you are finished, is brick. It is tough to provide an even coating and to ensure that paint actually sticks the brick for any length of time. It’s going to take a lot of work and the right kind of paint and painting process to make painted brick look great.

First of all, you need to prepare the surface. You have to do this with any exterior surface, and some interior ones as well. However, with brick, the preparation work is far more intensive than with many other kinds of materials.

You’ll need to at least power wash the brick, getting off mould, grime, dirt and other accumulations that can prevent paint from sticking. If you have ever tried to paint over a dirty surface, you know how it can just make the paint fall off and leave behind patches of unpainted surface. If power washing doesn’t get rid of everything that is stuck to the brick, you may need to scrub at it with steel wool or scrub brushes.

painted brickOnce you have washed the brick, you can’t just start painting on it. Even drying it down manually or setting up some fans around to get rid of the moisture won’t be enough. It needs to be allowed to dry for at least a few days. That’s because water can soak into it and hide inside the crevices of the brick. If that water is not allowed to completely dry out before you paint, then it can damage the paint.

Brick that is not allowed to fully dry can cause what is known as effervescence in the paint, which makes the paint fall off or bubble. So, if you are painting exterior brick and the weather is poor, it can affect when you can start painting the brick. If the weather is particularly wet, you may need to cover the brick for a few days before you start painting.

Once you do paint brick, you won’t be able to get back the natural look of the brick afterwards. Your bricks will absorb the paint the way a sponge soaks up water, and it is nearly impossible to remove paint fully from the bricks after that.

After the bricks have been painted, you will need to clean them on a regular basis. Painted brick needs to be cleaned more often than other painted materials, and brick painted in light colours tend to show dirt and marks more easily than other painted surfaces. It’s lot of work to keep the painted brick looking good, and you need to be aware of that when you are making your decisions to paint or not paint the brickwork on your home. Painting inside and outside have their own challenges, advantages and disadvantages as well, and it may benefit you to consult a painting expert before you start painting your bricks.