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Do’s and Don’ts of Painting a Wooden Playhouse Like an Expert

What better way is there to make an immediate change to your child’s wooden playhouse than with a new paint job? When you are ready to paint your kids playhouse and you want to keep it looking exceptional for years to come, there are several things that you definitely need to do and other things you want to avoid.

The following is a list of Do’s and Don’ts on how to expertly paint your wooden playhouse so it will last for years into the future:

  1. Do prepare ahead of time your playhouse for painting. Prepare your playhouse by gently scraping any loose, dried or flaking old paint using a putty knife or sander while being careful not to damage the wood underneath.
  2. Do seal any cracks around windows or doors. If there are cracks where two wooden surfaces join together use caulk to seal the cracks. This will keep the moisture outside of the playhouse.
  3. Do use a high quality primer to paint all of the wooden playhouse surfaces. Using a primer helps to increase the adhesion of the paint to wooden surfaces as well as increasing the waterproof properties of the exposed wooden surfaces.
  4. Do use an exterior grade paint. Exterior grade paint is formulated to withstand the weathering that a wooden playhouse will experience in its lifetime. Interior grade paint will not stand up against rain and snow. If an interior grade paint is used on surfaces exposed to the outdoors, in a few months after painting the paint will begin to flake and come loose.
  5. Do paint over using the same type of paint used previously. If a water based paint (latex) was used last, then use a water paint this time to paint the playhouse. Use an oil-based paint to paint over a previously oil-based painted surface. If in doubt, use a water-based paint because it is easier to apply, fast-drying, helps prevent moisture problems, and the clean up is easier.
  6. Do paint from the top down. Start with the fascia board and gables first. Then move to painting the sides of the playhouse, followed by the windows and trim. The playhouse door is the last thing to be painted.
  7. Do plan your painting around the sun and weather. Try to work your painting around where the sun is not. In the morning, paint the west and south sides and in the afternoon, paint the east and north side in the afternoon.
  8. Don’t prime or paint over caulk that has not dried fully. Upon drying, the wet caulking will crack and peel along with the primer or paint that was just applied.
  9. Don’t paint over chipped or flaking old paint. Painting over dried or flaking paint with new paint will guarantee that the new paint will chip off faster in the near future.
  10. Don’t wait to paint new wood. New wood should be painted as soon as possible to prevent deterioration of the surface.

A good exterior painting job will extend the life of your wooden playhouse. With these tips, you will be ready to paint like a pro. Your kids will be extremely happy that their newly painted playhouse will last for many years into the future.

Article originally published at Source by Sharon Marsh

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Interior Painting – How Much Paint to Purchase

Have you purchased a home and want to save a few bucks by doing interior painting on your own? Indeed, this is a great idea because interior painting can be done even by a person who does not have any experience. But before taking a brush in your hands, make sure you do some homework by reading a few learning guides. This article is to help you determine how much paint your need to purchase so it is enough to cover all of your walls.

Next time you go to a place that specializes in paint, take a good look at labels that let you know the expected number of square feet a gallon of paint will cover. Normally, you can expect to easily cover around 350 square feet with one gallon of paint. Although basing your calculations on the figure is a good starting point, you still should take it with a grain of salt. In other words, don’t take it too seriously because the number of square feet you can cover with one gallon of paint will greatly depend on the type of the surface you will be working on and how you paint.

To get a more precise amount of paint that needs to be purchased, it is important that you measure a room. Luckily, measuring the room is not a brain breaker. Just measure the surface, after which you can convert the numbers into square feet. You do this by multiplying the width and the length of the surface that need to be covered with paint. Make sure you multiply the result by 2 if you are going to be applying to coats of paint.

The method of calculation described above is not 100% precise, but provides you with a good starting point.

A problem might arise when you decide to calculate the amount of paint needed to cover the surface next to doors and windows. It is not that easy to do, so a good rule of a thumb to follow is to pretend that windows and doors also need to be covered with paint. In other words, imagine that the door is the continuation of the wall. This allows you to have some space for an error. Since you are not a professional interior painter, chances are you may will spill a bit of paint.

Below is a calculation of an imaginary wall, just so you have an example to follow when calculating the amount of paint needed. Say you have a wall which is 15 feet by 25 feet. We multiply these numbers to get 375 square feet of surface. If it is a newly constructed building, you will want to use to coats of paint to make sure the wall will not be seen through it. Therefore, we need to purchase enough paint to cover 750 square feet. If 1 gallon of paint should be used to cover 350 square feet, then all you need is to be 2 gallons of such paint.

Hopefully this article helps you tackle of one the many problems you need to address when it comes to interior painting.

Article originally published at Source by Alex Kravchenko

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Which Paint – Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt, Supermatt Or Diamond Matt?

An overwhelming variety of paints are now available on the market. Even when considering a white interior emulsion from a single manufacturer the options can be extremely confusing, with little guidance in a concise form on any website I could find. One such dilemma is the choice between Dulux Trade Matt Emulsion.

A quick look around will confirm the options:

  • Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt (or as one customer called it, Vinly Slick)
  • Dulux Trade Supermatt
  • Dulux Trade Diamond Matt

There is also the non trade line but I will not bother with those as this question would most likely arise in the trades. So here goes:

Dulux Trade Vinyl Matt: Is called so because it has plastics added to increase durability, especially when surface is wiped down and cleaned in the future. Although it is not completely resistant, it will take a bit more abuse that a non vinyl paint. Extremely good opacity.

Dulux Trade Supermatt: This is paint that has the new build in mind, or at least new plaster. This paint can be applied to plaster which is still drying. Reason being, there is no vinyl quality to this paint, no plastic so to speak. Therefore it remains more porous and the plaster can continue to breath beneath.

Dulux Trade Diamond Matt: The tough one of the bunch! Have kids and painting the hallway walls? This is the one for you, advertised as being 10x tougher. I can believe it when I use it. You really feel like you are painting on a layer of vinyl. Although credit to Dulux, it goes on well and you certainly would not know.

So here is a scenario to highlight the differences: You are doing a job and its a hallway, stairs and landing. The plasterers have just finished. The chippy has been in to hang all the doors, fit skirting board and architrave etc.

Firstly you paint all the bare plaster (ceiling and walls), in Supermatt, mixed to a proportion of water. This would be more that 30% but not more than 50% depending mostly on preference. I would say that over 30% is fairly safe, as in it will soak into the plaster rather than create a layer which will just peel off. Especially important to use the Supermatt where plaster has not quite dried, due to the porous qualities mentioned earlier. We can use Supermatt or Vinyl Matt for the last two coats on the ceiling, some recommend a final coat of the Vinyl.

We then paint all the walls with one coat of Vinyl Matt. This give a great opacity and covers very well. Then a second coat where we want to finish with this paint.

The customer has specified that she has a dog and three children, they want the very best for their new home and are looking for durability, they dont want to be calling you back to touch up in 6 months because all the walls in the immediate hallway are dirty and the paint is worn where it has been wiped down so mny times. So we apply Diamond Matt on the two walls in the hallway and continue the up the stairs.

This is just an example to delineate the different qualities of the paints. Hope this provides a basic understanding of the differences. The Dulux site has extensive information on these paints but no comparative data.

Article originally published at Source by Roger C Heaton

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Tips on Choosing Exterior House Colors and Materials

Choosing exterior house colors can be quite a challenge. It often takes years of experience to learn what colors and materials will work together. The average person has never done this before and certainly dooesn’t have training or professional experience. And choosing the wrong color paint or material can be a very expensive mistake that you’ll likely have to accept for many years (or spend a lot of money to fix). Here are some tips to help you make the right choices.

Choosing the Right Paint Colors

The most common error I see in choosing exterior house color is that the color is too light. The sun will wash out colors outside, so choosing a light color will end up looking like white. When choosing colors, keep in mind that they usually need to be more grey or brown than you think. For example, a grey with a tint of green in it will read more green than you usually think when painted on the entire house. If you choose a color and can say ‘now that’s green’, you’ve probably chosen too ‘green of a green’. The primary exception to this rule would be in more tropical locations such as Florida or other locations where a lighter more reflective color is desired to keep a house cool. Here pastel and brighter colors can work very well.

If you are having trouble choosing siding and trim colors, keep them related to each other, like a cream trim and a darker beige on the same paint chip strip. Then add an accent color like a deep eggplant color.

Tips on Choosing Window Colors

Many homes have vinyl windows which will usually be white. Painting white vinyl with a dark paint can be disastrous because of the expansion of the vinyl in sunlight. The dark color will cause the vinyl to expand even more than normal, leading to paint and possibly window failure. If you have trim around a white vinyl window, it often works best to paint that trim white too. That will tend to make the vinyl windows blend in more, and look more like a traditional wood window.

If you are choosing new windows and you want to paint your house a darker color, consider choosing a window that is cream or almond color. A bright white window on a very dark house color will generally have too much contrast. If you choose cream or almond windows, and paint the trim a coordinating color, it will work better with the darker paint scheme. There are a few manufacturers that product a grey vinyl which can work well with a more modern house or a house with metal siding, or even brick. Generally I don’t care for white vinyl on brick homes, unless the house is very traditional. Choosing a grey or almond window will almost always look better. If you have the budget for wood or metal clad windows, then you’ll have many more color choices, and the mid-tone to darker colors often look better with brick.

Painting Brick:

Just because you have a brick house, don’t automatically rule out painting the brick. You will still have the texture of the brick, but you won’t be stuck to the same color, which date many, many homes. Of course, if you have a Frank Lloyd Wright mission style brick home, don’t paint it! But most of our homes are not so inspired. Painting the brick can really freshen up a dark and dreary house. Consult a good paint store when painting brick to be sure to get compatible products.

How to Choose the Right Accent Colors

This is a place where you can afford to be a little riskier because generally accent colors are limited to a smaller area. I compare this to a woman who puts on makeup: the accent color is like putting on mascara and lipstick. But keep it classy! You know what too much makeup does to a woman. The same goes for a house.

How to Choose Roof Colors

When the roof of a house is visible, it can be a very prominent element. Choosing the wrong color roof is a very expensive mistake so it’s important to understand some general rules. When choosing the roof, consider what color the house is going to be painted (or if it is brick or stone, consider the general tone of the material). If the house is being painted warmer colors, then a brown roof will be the right choice. If the house will be cooler colors (like greys, blues or greens), then a dark grey roof will work better. If you have to decide on a roof color first, one of the most common and versitile choices is a dark grey color. If your house used to have wood shake shingles and you are replacing it with a composition shingle, most manufacturers make a dark brown color that is similar to shake colors. If you are installing a metal roof, consider colors other than the traditional green, which works well on buildings with log siding, but not too much else. Again, choose a color that will allow you some flexibility in your house paint color choices.

Choosing colors can be really challenging. Remember, don’t choose from a little paint chip! Even trained professionals have large sample boards painted (or paint directly on the house). Purchase a quart of a few colors of paint and look at your samples in different light and on different sides of your house. Color can change dramatically in different light, so put in the time to choose the right colors. When you do the results can be an amazing transformation.

Article originally published at Source by Nazim Nice

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Painting Problems – Paint Cracking

Paint cracking is a common problem, usually quite visible in older homes with a lot of layers of paint. It looks like a flattened spider web of cracks in the paint. The similar term crackling is used to refer to a fuax finishing painting technique to that is meant to resemble cracked paint found in older homes.

In modern days, while building the walls we have now we use a moisture-and mold-resistant wall panels called Sheetrock (created by US Gypsum) commonly referred to as drywall. 8′ x 4′ is the conventional panel size outside of large construction. In older days it was one of two things, gypsum board or plaster and lathe. Gypsum board is similar to drywall however it wasn’t as convenient as drywall. They were both available but gypsum was the choice for a long time.

Plaster and lathe is an old building art now quite visibly dying off as new and improved techniques have rendered the art disadvantageous. After the studs (the skeleton of the house) are laid the interior wall portion takes form and the lathe would go up. Lathe is smaller pieces of wood at about 1″ wide and 4′ long. Once the lathe is up next would come the plaster. They set up guides that are four feet apart and go vertically then apply two coats of plaster. This effectively creates a sheet of dry wall. Interestingly, while demolishing the walls in older homes you sometimes come across horse hair in the old plaster. This was mixed in to strengthen the plaster.

Cracking in all likelihood will not take place in newer construction. Modern day Sheetrock should be primed with water based paint. Oil may be used in spite of the modern movement towards reducing oil based paint usage due to environmental issues. The oil based paint has a long history with the artisans of paint. The makeup of oil based paints has drawbacks. Positives reside around durability and the leveling properties of the paint as it is drying. It does take a long time for oil paint to dry, in any case oil has come a long way and is competing with water based paints.

Immediate attention would not be needed with new construction concerning cracking. New construction is defaulted merely because of the amount of layers of paint that could be on the wall and when the change from lead based to oil based to water based paints occurred!

Other forms of cracking do appear, they are referred to as “alligatoring”. “Alligatoring” is given its name for a reason, it looks like alligator skin. The most banal example would be exterior homes where far too much paint has been applied through the eons and or 10 to 20 years. Even if all coats were prepped and primed properly sooner or later the chemical change in the makeup of each consecutive layer of paint lead, oil, water, will eventually create problems. If you can get past that I bet Mother Nature will eat away at the foundation of the paint just like she forms our great mountain ranges. Eventually hot, cold, sun, wind, rain and snow will wear down on surfaces and create problems.

Sometimes the only way to deal with “alligatoring” is to remove all the paint, this is a timely process which involves the use of strippers and heat guns. Unfortunately, in the long run it is more cost effective to renovate. If the “alligatoring” has gotten extremely bad, there may be suspicion that the wood is deteriorating.

Cracking starts with a certain amount of coats of paint. For extreme cases the paint also will have been through the technical changes of the years. Meaning that older paint coats, possibly even before the sixties will have amassed over time, some may even contain lead. The complexities of these paints’ chemical make up as stated earlier will inevitably interact in some way. Paint has been guaranteed now days from anywhere to 25 years to infinity and beyond. That claim may be true providing it is new construction. The case study here is numerous amounts of paint, the first err could be with the first coat! Was that even primed or prepped and every consecutive coat should be scrutinized with that perspective.

One of the most recent problems would have been the switch from oil paint to water if not primed the water based paint may not adhere to the wall. What this means is that you may have a surface of paint that just sits on top of the wall. When you paint walls with water based paint you can risk a chance of cracking. Applying new water based paint to the surface will “reactivate” the other paint. Moisture will be added to the surface and that will cause the paint to expand and contract. Old and aged paint can become brittle and the flexibilities of that paint are lost and the paint can crack. It also can bubble and whole surfaces can just fall off the wall.

One of the ways to remedy these potentials for cracks on old homes would be to go back to the old wheel. Break out the oil paint! Oil has the right properties to re-seal the substrate, water based paint are consider a soft paint and oil are considered hard.

Article originally published at Source by Jason Rouleau

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Twenty Tips That Make Painting Easier

A list of twenty tips and hints that will make painting easier. Tips include ways that will make clean up easier, how to protect surface, etc.

Painting is a hard enough job without any extra labor. The following is a list of tips you should keep in mind before you start painting. They might not make you enjoy it, but they will make the job easier.

1. Make sure you have everything you need before you get started–especially enough paint. In general, a can of paint covers about 400 square feet.

2. Try to avoid painting on rainy days. The extra humidity in the air will cause the paint to dry slower. If this can’t be avoided, use a dehumidifier to help speed the drying process.

3. If you are painting a large room, don’t try and same money by purchasing the cheap rollers and brushes. The money you save will be minimal and won’t make up for sore hands. Plus, better rollers and brushes will help you work quicker.

4. Have your primer tinted the same color as you intend to paint. This will ensure that the paint covers well and could cut down on the need for an additional coat.

5. Use a nail to tap about five or six holes in the retaining grove of the paint can. This will allow the paint to run back into the can. If you need to reseal the can, you can put the nails into the can or put a little play dough or clay over the holes.

6. Glue a large paper plate to the bottom of any open paint can you are using to catch any splatters or drips.

7. Flattened out corrugated boxes are perfect to cover the floors with when painting.

8. Have a wet rag and paper towels handy to wipe up any drips or mistakes. Most of them–including accidental dabs on the ceiling–can be removed this way.

9. Keep some patching compound and a spackle handy. You’ll be surprised at all the little holes and marks you can find on your wall. They might not have been visible with the old color, but they can stand out with the new.

10. When stopping for short periods, seal your paintbrushes inside a Ziploc or plastic bag. This will keep them “fresh” without having to spend the time cleaning them. Plastic wrap and aluminum foil work almost as well.

11. Line the inside of your paint tray with aluminum foil or plastic. It will make the clean up easier.

12. To make cleaning your brushes easier, use an old baby-wipe container. Poor paint thinner into the container and push the handle of the brush through the hole in the lid. This will allow the brush to soak without bending the bristles. If you don’t have any baby-wipe containers, try cutting a slot into the lid of a coffee can or similar container.

13. Wipe paint rollers on old newspapers before cleaning. Getting rid of any excess paint will make them easier to clean.

14. Rub hand lotion on your hands and arms before you begin. It will make the paint easier to wash off your hands when you’re finished. Also, baby oil is sometime better at removing paint from your skin that soap.

15. If you have a steady hand, you might not need masking tape to cover the edges.

16. Wet newspaper can work great at protecting windows. You can use one-inch long strips of newspaper to protect the windowpanes around a window. Dip each strip into water. Pull the strip between your thumb and index finger to remove the excess water. Press the strips onto the glass close to the wood. Do only two at a time and remove them as soon as you’re through.

17. If you’re painting a bathroom, use wet newspaper to cover the bottom and sides of the tub. The newspaper will click and keep your tub paint-free.

18. Wrap hardware (doorknobs, hinges, pulls, etc.) in foil before painting.

19. Use old milk jugs to store paint. It will keep just as long and the paint is easier to access if you need to do some touch-ups.

20. Write the date, brand and color of paint used under the light switch for a handy reference.

Copyright © 2006 Ian White

Article originally published at Source by Ian White

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Benefits of Hiring A Painting Contractor

Color provides the state of mind and aura of a certain place. It has the power to make or break an area and should never ever be disregarded. Employing an expert painting contractor can assist you in having trendy shades for your house that you have not even imagined having. They have the ingenuity and knowledge you transform your property transform to a middle ages charming artwork or an elegant looking spot. Your home need not look unprofessional.

Your home is not just an area for sleeping. It is an area to discover calmness and what better way than to tap the services of a specialist painter that can transform your home into what you envision it to be. In the past, paint that has been used is only water-based. The choices have been really minimal. Yet, as a result of advancements, one has the option of paint innovation. Brighter, better choices can now improve any area where it is applied.

Altering the Personality of a Room and Breathing New Life to It

By painting your residence, you can make it look new. It additionally brings a better feeling and a rejuvenating personality to your space, bringing life and glimmer to any room. Impress your family members, buddies as well as guests. For individuals that intend to make their room unique, they have actually textured paints as a choice. The fantastic thing about these shades is that they can be customized to match your chosen color scheme.

Repainting options are numerous. You can pick from catalogues and see how you want your home to be like. A color specialist would certainly help you balance the appearance. If you want to update the design, you can also work with an interior designer to aid in putting furniture in order and balancing out the view of the room.

A Painting Contractor Helps You Save Time and Money

There are negatives that can happen when you choose to repaint your home by yourself. You could wind up investing more in repairing blunders and defects. By hiring a painting contractor you can be helped by good painters who could make certain that every area will look spotless.

Painting your very own property may look simple. However, you would need to be an expert to figure out the appropriate shade, mix as well as texture. You would definitely not want a space which looking cheap just because you painted it on your own. The time you invest on painting the house alone is so valuable to throw away. Work with a painting contractor instead to complete the task for you.

Article originally published at Source by Fidelio Orosco

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