of your house or room can give you a
closer look at the
final results before you spend real money.
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selection - exterior
Most houses will use at least three shades - a siding color, a contrasting
color for window and door trim, and an accent color for shutters, doors,
porch decks, railings and other details.
color combinations are out
there so pick one that suits your architecture and personal likes. Don't
forget to look at the neighborhood so that you stand out just right.
you can begin with local paint stores and pick up their paint chips.
Combinations are shown in their brochures -- first, look at those on this website for a
outside paint chips |
neighborhood houses |
buy a small amount and paint a spot or two to see the real effect. Ask
for test quarts at half price. The final
look involves not only the pigment color but the sheen - Gloss, Semi-Gloss,
Satin, or Flat. Most exteriors use Flat. Then, there are stains,
semi-transparent stains, enamels, and oil VS water based paints to fit the
interior, we suggest that you ask to borrow a color chip "fan" to get more
picks. Call us, we can help. Then, you pick. Our approach to your pick is
"Yes Sir" or "Yes Ma'am".
Color selection -
are in for the surprise of your life if you buy the wrong paint type. Wrong?
What is wrong with acrylic, latex, or oil based paints? Well, nothing if the
one is best for your job. But, before you buy at the discount stores,
consider these experiences:
Oil base - clean up very
difficult. Tossing paint thinner down the drain is a no-no. Use oil based
paints where moisture threatens. Have a lot of paint thinner for clean-up.
Latex Acrylic - clean up is not
easy, but easier than oil by a long shot. Acrylics become like honey as
they dry making them hard to brush or roll. Use acrylics when you want
durability on surfaces that need scrubbing often. Some of the popular
"many color" stores sell paint that will make you cry if you want to
spread it evenly. The price is typically higher for acrylic.
Primer in the paint
- these paints have a 2 hr dry time making them highly undesirable for
interior and exteriors. There is no data on reliability.
- if you use oil based
stains, you may not be able to switch to water based later on. Watch for
stains that dry too fast to be rolled. Use a sponge brush for these. Don't
forget to clean the deck properly before staining. Deck cleaners are
available - phosphoric acid, oxalic acid or sodium hydroxide (caustic) types.
or primer paints
- they come with and without stain blockers. Paint over a previously
stained door with a primer without a stain blocker, and your second and
third coat of latex will
still look bad. Always put primer on new wood. Oil based primers
protects outside wood best; but water based primers are good. Add some color close to the final
coat to make coverage easier. Primers for metal surfaces are available
Precoating cedar - ask
for help from a professional before buying just any precoat with blocker.
Cedar oil leaks through to your dismay. It's best to install prepainted
lumber if you can.
Dark pigments - some dark
pigments simply do not dissolve readily. For example,
watch dark purple pigments float to the surface on an acrylic based paint.
You can cry when the colors change with every brush stroke. Continual
stirring is recommended and use of a deep mat roller. Most paints "pull back" as they dry requiring a
second coat. When dark pigments are present, watch for the white base to
appear after an hour of drying time. If you are painting T-111 siding,
watch for the dark pigment to pull back down in the grove leaving a white
grove. The easy way out is to get a
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