July 15, 2024


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Ask Danny | Ep. 3: Answers on All Things Painting

Ask Danny | Ep. 3: Answers on All Things Painting
In this episode of “Ask Danny,” Tracey Amadio delivers her guidelines and tips for portray.

In Episode 3 of “Ask Danny,” portray professional Tracey Amadio shares her suggestions and tricks for having the perfect paint occupation. 

Tracey Amadio of Porch Daydreamer
Tracey Amadio, a.k.a. the “Queen of Portray Everything” is passionate about portray! (Courtesy Tracey Amadio)

About Tracey Amadio

Tracey Amadio is passionate about painting. She works by using experience from her residence advancement job to train Diy projects, residence layout, and painting procedures on her web site Porchdaydreamer.com.

Tracey’s admirers have topped her the “The Queen of Portray Everything” due to the fact there is almost nothing she won’t paint!

Her superpower of coloration memory and extensive background of shade trend investigation is blended to find the perfect paint shades for you.

Her mission is to get the discomfort out of painting and decorating with her straightforward-to-recognize tutorials.

Tracey was named a 2021 Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker and her perform has been showcased in HGTV, Much better Households & Gardens, Excellent Housekeeping, Place Living, Apartment Treatment and far more.

Open paint cans of white, blue and green on a wood background
Coloration pigments, additives, resins and carriers ascertain the selling price of paint. (annastories)

Paint Prices

Why is some paint significantly more pricey than other brands and kinds?

Tracey: Value matters… to a level.

Quite a few property owners only focus on the paint coloration and don’t think about what is blended in with the color pigments. Resins, additives and carriers — like h2o and oil — are important components that will make paint additional pricey. 

Greater-excellent pigments and resins will make the price go up, but you’ll have better coverage. The center value position is the ideal possibility to select. 

Keep in mind: High-quality notion is dictated by the particular person who’s applying the paint. A qualified may well want a thinner paint because they’ll be applying a sprayer, but a property owner typically desires a thicker paint mainly because they’ll be masking a wall with one more colour or portray a piece of home furniture. 

Shelling out a little additional on that superior paint is likely to give you an less difficult software and fewer brush strokes. Also, the paint will dry to a improved, much more resilient finish.

Hands holding up a sample of paint color swatches against a wall of paint swatches
Picking a paint coloration can be overpowering. Locate an object to start out your colour palette and function from there. (Feverpitched, Getty Images)

Finding a Color

Can you present some assistance on how to opt for a paint coloration?

Tracey: When finding a paint coloration, start out with the coloration you want to base your palette close to. It could be a piece of cloth, a rug, a plate, anything that assists you hone on to the shade you want.

Acquire it to the retail store with you to decide on the suitable paint. Also foundation it on the volume of light-weight in the space, if it a darker way too choose a  lighter paint coloration and sop forth.

I have a free of charge manual you can down load. 6 easy actions to selecting a paint shade.

Also, think about the lighting in the home you are painting. If you have a dark room, lighter paint, if you have a mild room, you can go with a darker paint coloration, a mid-worth paint is likely to be greatest for most people today.  

Right after you have an plan of what shade you want, get a foam board and paint it with samples so you can transfer it all over the space to see if it will perform for you. 

Just take your time selecting right before you select a coloration. See how the colour samples seem at different instances of the day. 

Hand painting wall trim with a paintbrush
A satin or semi-gloss sheen is ideal for trim and molding. (JodiJacobson, Getty Visuals Signature)

Choosing Sheen

What are the unique styles of sheen, and how need to you pick just one? 

Tracey: I made use of to function at a paint desk, and I would normally see the “deer in headlights” seem when I questioned what sheen a man or woman needed. 

Sheen matters! It’s in fact far more critical than colour. 

There are 5 varieties of sheen: flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and higher-gloss. To decide what sheen you need to have, contemplate the space or venture you’re portray.

If you are painting a ceiling, you want a reduced-reflective paint to hide any imperfections, specifically in which the joints match up. A flat sheen
is most effective for this. 

For walls, you want a better sheen, like eggshell. Cooking splatters and accidental spills come about, so you require a complete which is washer-friendly. 

When you scrub a flat paint, it burnishes it and can make it shiny. Flat paint is great for touchups but not for significant-visitors spots in which you need to have scrutability and sturdiness.

The bigger the sheen, the more difficult the paint will be when it dries. I usually recommended satin, at minimum, or semi-gloss for trim and molding. These sheens are even now wipable but they are additional sturdy, so they’ll stand up to scuffing and jarring. 

I really do not advocate a large-gloss paint. The far more reflective a paint is, the much more flaws it’s likely to present. It is also really hard to apply, so I would go away that to a skilled.

Paint brush swiping deep blue paint over faded blue paint on a wood wall
Exterior and inside paint simply cannot be interchanged. Often paint the outdoors of your residence with a paint rated for outside use. (Susie Hedberg, Getty Illustrations or photos)

Exterior Portray

What temperature is most effective for portray a home’s exterior?

Tracey: Most of the time, exterior paint can’t be used in temperatures below 55-50 degrees Fahrenheit. You want to paint outdoors when there’s lower humidity and the temperature is moderate — among 55-75 levels Fahrenheit. 

Paint has a great deal of water in it, so the a lot more water in the air, the lengthier time it will get the paint to dry. Enable yourself 3 sunny times, if probable, for the paint to dry.

When painting your home’s exterior, only use paint that is rated for exterior use. Mainly because exterior paint has to deal with temperature alterations the moment it is dry, it’s fortified with particular resins and pigments for distinctive sturdiness. It can increase and agreement to a degree that inside paint can not.

The ideal paint for exterior use is acrylic latex. I steer apparent of oil paints for the exterior. Oil paint isn’t quick to cleanse, and if you are employing a white oil paint, it will yellow above time mainly because of the oil in it. 

Now, there is oil-enriched enamel paint that is h2o-primarily based, so it is easy to thoroughly clean with soap and drinking water like acrylic latex. This paint has oil molecules suspended inside it, and as it dries, those people molecules activate to act like oil paint. The end final result is a surface area which is challenging and durable with all the benefits and overall flexibility of latex paint. 

Black and green plastic outdoor furniture around a fire pit
Refresh plastic out of doors home furnishings with a new coat of paint. (Jonathan Cooper/Pexels)

Painting Plastic

How do you paint plastic out of doors furniture?

Tracey: I consider a dual technique to portray plastic furniture. Use a bonding primer spray first, then cover it with a standard spraypaint. 

Paint droplets on a beige carpet
(travellinglight, Getty Illustrations or photos)

Even Professionals Make Mistakes

Tracey: Even though I’m a paint skilled, I often go on the web to see what other persons in the painting environment are executing. 

About a calendar year ago, I made a decision to paint my stair risers, which ended up stained and closely polyurethaned. 

One particular blogger proposed liquid sandpaper, and I assumed that could preserve me a stage. I taped off the risers, utilized the liquid sandpaper and then painted on top rated of that.

When the paint was continue to damp, I pulled the tape off at a 90-diploma angle. A full piece of film peeled proper off the stair riser, and the entire task was ruined! 

I discovered a rough lesson: Have confidence in my gut and go with what will work. Use a deglosser, then use a bonding primer, then apply the paint.

My paint has stayed set and is vacuum-cleaner proof as perfectly!

Power sander sanding a wood board
Sand absent any imperfections just before portray wooden. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

Tracey’s Guidelines

  • Never ever disregard proper surface planning. If you do, the paint will arrive off. Get the area great and clean and sand any failing parts.
  • Use stain-blocking bonding primer if portray around a stain. If you really don’t, the stain will rise up to the surface area and create color inconsistencies.
  • Fork out notice to the re-coat time. A lot of persons believe dry time and recoat time are the same. Usually, recoat time is for a longer time than dry time. If you never wait the right total of time advisable by the manufacturer, the paint will stick to by itself and never ever entirely dry. You finish up with definitely tacky, sticky paint that’s pretty much not possible to repair.  

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