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Hints & Tips

Interior Tips

Color Selection
When viewing paint swatches, always hold them up as if they are on a wall and it will give you a better representation of the color. When you have it narrowed down to 2 colors, buy large 18 x 18 swatches or sample pints of the colors to test them out in your home. 

Fix a Ceiling Oops
If your ceiling is white and you get a spot of paint on it while rolling or brushing, wait until the paint is dry and lightly scrape it off with a utility knife. 

Save a Swatch
Paint the inside of a light switch cover the wall color so that way you will always have a portable swatch of the color if you ever lose your paper swatch. 

Make a Note
Use a note card and write down the color name and number as well as the product and sheen that you are using. Then, wipe a small sample of the paint on the back.

Maintain Your Brush
A good quality paint brush will last for many years if properly stored. After your brush is thoroughly cleaned out and dry, place it back in the cardboard sleeve that it came in. This will help protect it from dirt and will help it to maintain its shape. 

Rolling Right
Using the right size and type of roller will help you achieve a smooth finish. For smooth walls, use a woven 3/8" nap roller cover that is made for all paints, and for textured ceilings, use a 1/2" polyester or knit roller cover that is made for flat paints. 

Exterior Tips 

Time will Tell
When is it time to repaint the exterior of your home? Most experts would say every five to ten years, depending on the climate and exposure. If you want a more specific answer, look to see if the finish has dulled, or collected a dusting of powdery pigment. Both are telltale signs that it’s time to repaint.

Side by Side
When painting an exterior, work on one side at a time, going through all the steps: scrape, sand or powerwash old siding, prime and paint, before moving on to the next side. While it’s tempting to scrape down the whole house once you get started, working one side at a time means your newly cleaned or primed surface gets a quick coat of paint, rather than sitting exposed to the elements.

Warming up
Spring-cleaning often extends to the outside of your home, making spring a favorite time for repainting. Optimum painting temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and below 90, when weather is dry and there is no rain in the forecast.

Dry 'em Out
If you use rags to apply paint thinner or other solvents, make sure to spread them out on the ground to dry when you’re done. If they’re still wet by the end of the day, soak them in a bucket of water. Solvent-soaked rags can generate enough heat to spontaneously combust if left in a heap without cleaning.