A coat of paint can make the most drab piece of furniture or most boring room look refreshed and revived. However, this do-it-yourself task is far from the easiest! We thought some paint DIY trivia might help you with your next project!
Did you know:
1. You shouldn’t over-submerge your paint brush. Anything that soaks more than 1/3 of the way up a paint brush doesn’t make it onto the surface you’re painting.
2. You should remove paint tape right after painting, not when the paint dries. If you wait, you could pull off some of the paint with the tape, and you won’t be able to wipe off any paint that might have bled under the tape.
3. To unclog a can of spray paint, flip it upside down and spray for a few seconds. The can will spray compressed air, not paint, which clears the nozzle.
4. You should use different naps when using a paint roller. For most walls and ceilings, a 3/8″ nap is ideal, except on a textured surface. A 1/2″ or 3/4″ nap holds more paint to fill in crevices. The ‘nap’ of a paint roller is simply the thickness of the fibers on the roller.
5. If you aren’t finished painting at the end of the day, you don’t have to rinse out your brushes or leave them soaking. Instead, wrap them with plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. This prevents bristles from getting too saturated with water (or mineral oil, if you use that).
6. A good exterior paint job should last 8-12 years. However, extreme temperatures and the quality of the paint can affect this average. Yellow and red-based shades tend to fade faster as well. The best paint to use is 100% acrylic exterior paint with a long warranty.
7. To cover one outdoor patio chair, you need approximately two cans of spray paint. You should spray a few fine coats evenly over the chair, allowing for over spray that doesn’t make it onto the chair.
8. You should only pour 2 inches of paint into a rolling pan at a time. Measure from the pan’s deep end. Pouring too much may dry the paint out too quickly, and you’ll use more than necessary.
9. If you painted a piece of furniture and once dry the paint bubbles or cracks, you most likely used latex paint over something previously painted with an oil-based paint. Water-based paint doesn’t adhere to glossy oil-based paint. To prevent this from happening, sand the surface lightly prior to painting, and then prime it before painting.
10. Paints are priced differently due to the concentration of pigments. Paints with high-quality, heavily concentrated pigments cost more. They make color look richer on a wall or surface, but these paints are more costly to produce.
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