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How to Store Paint for Future Use

Buying exactly the right amount of paint you need for any home improvement project is practically impossible. It’s also inadvisable, given the inevitability of subsequent dings and chips. Whether painting your home’s interior or exterior, it’s always wise to keep a little surplus paint to …

How to Remove Lead Paint Safely

A brief disclaimer to begin with – we generally recommend against the DIY approach to removing lead paint. This applies to interior and exterior painted surfaces alike, due to the risks associated with lead inhalation. Unless you are 100% confident in your capabilities to get …

Is it Necessary to Sand Between Coats of Paint?

All painters – professional or otherwise – have their own preferred approach.  But there are nonetheless several standards that form the basis of a quality paint job. The golden rules of effective painting, if you like. One of which is to create a slightly rough …

3 Things You Need To Do Before Painting Your Home’s Exterior

Admittedly, right now does not tend to be the time most people are thinking about exterior painting. As touched upon in a few previous posts, the early spring months do (occasionally) bring surprisingly amicable painting conditions. Just as long as the temperature isn’t too low, …

Watching Paint Dry – How to Reduce Curing Times Indoors

There’s a reason ‘watching paint dry’ is often used in reference to something that is quite crushingly boring. As far as the interior painting process goes, it’s just about the dullest part of the entire project. This can be particularly so when waiting for a …

How to Choose the Best Paint Color for Trim

If ever there was a contentious issue in home painting circles, it’s which color to use for trim. Some will tell you that painting trim effectively means ensuring it blends in with the rest of your décor. Elsewhere, others argue that your trim simply must …

The Right Way to Use Paint Stripper

Getting rid of old coats of paint without a heat gun is perfectly possible. There’s also no need to sand away the surface in an aggressive and frenzied manner, simply to reveal the natural wood beneath. While both of these approaches can work, they’re not …

How Paint Color Can Affect Curb Appeal

A brief disclaimer before getting started – beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. We all have our unique tastes and preferences, reflected in the way we decorate our homes. Hence, there is technically no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of painting your interiors. …

Do I Really Need to Use Primer When Repainting My Walls?

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog (of course you have), you’ll know that priming is a topic we visit on a regular basis. Primarily due to the fact that it’s also something we’re asked about almost continuously by our customers. Some people find …

How To Paint High Ceilings Like a Pro

Painting ceilings can be a tricky process at the best of times. But if you are lucky enough to have high ceilings at home, they can be even more difficult to deal with. We say ‘lucky’ because high ceilings can be a blessing in many …