Painting Basics

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 …

Spraying vs. Brushing: Which is Better?

Over the years, the painting profession has been transformed by all manner of weird and wonderful innovations. One of the most wonderful of all being the paint sprayer, which has since been adopted by the vast majority of professional contractors. Rudimentary in its initial form, …

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 …

What’s the Best Way to Remove Paint from Metal?

Many (if not most) exterior painting projects begin with removing existing coats of paints. A process that can be anything from a walk in the park to an all-out nightmare, depending on the materials you’re working with. Painted metal, for example, has the potential to …

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 …

The Full Lowdown on Primer: Necessary or Not?

Attempting to paint certain surfaces without first applying a coat of primer is a recipe for disaster. Something that applies to exterior and interior painting projects alike, for which primer is almost always essential. Also referred to as primer paint, primer serves a whole bunch …

High-Value Home Improvements to Consider in 2022

Getting a fresh start in a new home can be an inspiring experience – even if only moving a few miles down the road. With the events of the past two years still ringing in everyone’s ears, millions are setting their sights on relocation in …

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 …

Key Factors When Selecting Exterior Paint Colors

It may seem like an eternity away, but we’re already getting excited about the spring. And with good cause, as it’s not exactly been the mildest or most pleasant of winters. With the (eventual) arrival of longer and pleasant days, attention once again turns to …

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 …