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Painting Tips


  • Before staring a paint project double check color and make sure all paints are stirred before using.
  • To make your paint job easier, start with the ceiling, then move to walls, windows and trim. Finish with the door.
  • Before painting on fresh plaster it is best to wait 15 to 30 days.

Paint Tools

  • High-quality brushes and roller covers hold more paint and stain, and deliver a more uniform coating than inexpensive brushes and rollers; this creates a more dense and opaque coating in just one application. Investing in a good brush will produce better-looking results.


  • Paint quality: The best paints have deeper, richer colors that will resist fading better than others. The cheaper ones will leave your house looking tired and in need of a fresh coat in only a couple of years.
  • With old buildings or homes you should check for lead before removing or painting any painted areas.

Paint Sheens

  • Flat: Has none to very little sheen but it does not highlight minor ceiling and wall imperfections. Flat paint is usually used on bedroom and dining room ceilings, i.e. low traffic areas. It is not as durable or washable as other paint sheens.
  • Eggshell: It is a very low sheen, which is usually used on dining, living, and bedroom walls and is very washable for these low traffic areas.
  • Satin: It is a slightly higher sheen than eggshell and is used in rooms that require fairly durable and washable paint.
  • Semi-gloss: Very washable and durable paint used in high traffic areas such as kitchens and baths.
  • High gloss: Most sensible and durable sheen used in high traffic areas, but reveals surface imperfections and is highly reflective.
  • The higher the sheen the more durable the paint.

Exterior Painting

  • Primer: All new, unpainted surfaces of wood, metal and masonry will need a coat of either a general primer or a rust-inhibitive primer. You’ll need to prime previously painted surfaces where the bare wood or metal is exposed (after you have removed deteriorating paint or loose rust) or if the surface is very chalky.
  • Coats: Two coats of house paint are recommended when coating new, primed surfaces. A two-coat application will provide additional protection in extreme climates.
  • Temperatures of 60-70 degrees or higher are recommended, with 50 degrees being the lowest. If possible avoid direct sunlight. There are exterior products that allow you to paint with temps as low as 30 degrees.
  • Your house should be painted every five to eight years.
  • Drying time: The drying time for exterior latex paint to recoat is 4-5 hours.

Cleaning Tips

  • You should wipe up all spills before they dry.

Paint Disposal

  • Water-based paint: The container needs to be completely emptied. To safely do this, you can purchase paint hardener to solidify the paint, or you can even use kitty litter, mulch or shredded paper from your paper shredder. Once the paint has dried, you can easily scoop the paint out. Dried latex paint can be disposed of in the rubbish. Metal paint cans can be disposed of as well, and recycled if empty.
  • Oil-based paint: Never throw oil-based paints in the garbage or on the ground, or dump them down a storm drain. They are considered household hazardous waste (HHW) and should be taken to a collection facility or event.


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