Eight Tips for Painting Outdoors in Summer

Summer and early Fall is the time to work outdoors–it’s warm and there are plenty of daylight hours to finish a big job like painting an exterior. But painting outside in warm weather has its own challenges and this summer it’s just been too hot in many parts of the country. We’ve put together a few tips to ensure you can take full advantage of the weather and still get good results that will stand the test of time. Any quality paint job will require proper preparation prior to painting. This step is the same no matter what the weather but on hot and humid day it just makes the task seem a lot harder.

In the heat of summer, add to those basic rules a big “weather permitting” caveat. That’s because the temperature and humidity can play a major part in the project’s outcome, so plan what time of day you work and keep a close eye on the weather forecast:

1. Take the time to caulk open joints properly. Around windows, joints less than ¼-inch wide should be caulked. In summer that’s especially important because heat and humidity will expand wood, shrinking joints as tight as they’ll be all year. Use a siliconized acrylic or a urethane acrylic paintable caulk on those gaps. Both these caulks expand and contract, so that in winter, when the joints open up a bit, they’ll still be fairly tight.

2. Start early to beat the heat, but not too early. Even in  summer, morning dew can be an enemy and interfere with the paint’s adhesion and drying times. The surface should be dry to the touch.

For the same reason, don’t rush to apply a lot of paint at the end of the day. It may be tempting to finish that section before it gets dark, but stop well in advance of dusk so dew doesn’t form on freshly painted areas. Moisture on wet paint can leave the finish uneven or possibly streaked.

3. Avoid working in direct sunlight. The maximum recommended surface temperature at application is 90 degrees. In direct sun, the surface temperature of a substrate could be 120 degrees or more. That kind of temperature can result in visible lap marks—because the heat will hinder your ability to maintain a wet edge.

Rule of thumb is that if the surface too hot to keep your hand on comfortably, it’s too hot to paint. If you want to be absolutely sure the surface temperature is good, get a basic infrared thermometer at a hardware store, and fire it at the wall to take a heat reading. Using Extender 518 will slow the drying rate of latex paint, enabling you to keep a wet edge and reducing the risk of creating lap marks in warmer weather.

4. Find the shade. Always try to work on a dry, shady side of the house so the paint doesn’t dry too fast and has time to cure properly. In the mornings, when the sun is rising in the eastern sky, work on the west-facing side of the house; paint the eastern face in the afternoon. Watch the way the sun moves across the northern and southern faces of your house, and plan to hit those walls when they will be in the shade the longest. Start with the  siding, then do the trim.

5. Wind down in the afternoon. Don’t put on a complete new coat late in the day. (Dew, remember?) In ideal conditions, Water based paints  are  dry to the touch in 1 hour and ready to recoat in 4 hours–in summer, a morning coat applied from 8 to 10 am will be ready to recoat in early afternoon. The end of the afternoon should be spent touching up and preparing the site and equipment for overnight storage.

6. Watch the humidity. In high humidity, the air is saturated with water. So, with water-based paints  it takes longer to dry because the water cannot evaporate out of the paint film.  Sure, in ideal conditions the paint can be ready to recoat in only 4 hours, but that’s at a relative humidity of 50 percent–an average early summer day in most parts of the country. Be patient on a muggy day–if an edge begins to dry and you see that you missed a spot, wait until the paint is completely dry before touching up that area.

7. Watch the forecast. Always look ahead and check the overnight weather. Stop if there’s a possibility of rain so the paint has a chance to dry fully.

8. The most ideal time to paint is in the shade when the air and surface temperature is about 77° F and the relative humidity is under 50%. Unfortunately, those days are few and far between. But use that as a guideline for all you exterior painting and staining projects. As you move away from those numbers, the project will be tougher to complete and you will not get the maximum life expectancy from the paint job.

Source:  Ask the Paint Gurus

Application and Painting Techniques

Following these tips will help you achieve the quality paint job you are after. When you have finished, you will have the rewarding experience of stepping back and admiring your  handy work.

When to paint

The temperature of your house affects the performance of paint. The wall temperature must be above 10C  throughout the painting process. You should generally avoid painting in  extremely hot or cold conditions.
If it looks like rain, remember the painter’s rule; if you wouldn’t hang the washing out or wash the car, don’t paint! Nothing is more disappointing than seeing your work ruined!

Using acrylics in hot weather

Because most acrylics are touch dry in twenty minutes at 25 degrees and 50% humidity, the hottest weather in the summer months will accelerate this drying process. To slow down the drying rate, Dulux Hot Weather Thinner may be added to the paint at the rate of 50ml per litre. A good tip for painting in summer is not to paint in direct sunlight or onto a hot surface. Try to follow the shade where possible. You can add up to approx 5% water. Also using 2 brushes – keeping one in a bucket of water and alternating them, stops them drying out.

Choosing enamels or acrylics for exterior use

We would generally recommend the use of acrylics in exterior situations. As enamels age they become very brittle and chalky and therefore have a tendency to crack and flake off the surface. On the other hand, acrylics retain their colour better, do not chalk to any great extent and do not get brittle, giving a longer lasting, more durable paint finish.

The greater flexibility and UV protection of Dulux Weathershield is the preferred option. Dulux guarantees Weathershield for as long as you live in your house. That’s the Dulux Promise.

Moving and Removing

If you haven’t already done so, take down curtains, mirrors and pictures. Move lightweight furniture out of the room. Cover remaining furniture with plastic sheets or drop cloths and tape plastic around pendant light fittings. Or if painting outside tie back plants so you have clear access to the areas to be painted.


Painting will be faster and cleaner if you mask first. Remove masking tape or papers before the paint is too dry as removal later can lift and break the dry paint leaving a cracked and jagged edge.

The Painting Sequence

Start at the top and work down, this means beginning with the ceiling. Paint away from the light source so you are not painting in shadow. Next paint the walls, then the doors and windows, followed by the skirting and the trim.
Weatherboards are painted in two stages. Paint the underside of the board first then paint the face. Paint several boards at a time then move your ladder over and continue along the rest of the wall.

Mixing is Vital

Before applying paint; make sure you stir it well according to the instructions on the can. Always ‘box’ your paint; i.e.. if you are using more than one can, tip the contents of each into a larger container, like a large plastic bucket, and stir thoroughly. You can then pour it directly into your painting pot, or refill the original tins for future use.


Before use, moisten the brush in water if you are about to use a water-based paint, or turps if you are about to use an oil-based paint. Make sure you remove excess liquid before painting.
Fill the brush by dipping in up to half the length of the bristles.
Tap it gently against the side of the can: don’t wipe the brush hard against the lip. The bristles should flex only slightly as you brush – don’t over press – let the paint flow from the brush.
If you are painting a large area by brush, apply paint to an area about 50 cm X 50 cm, then brush the paint in horizontal strokes to even the paint out and finish off with light vertical strokes all in one direction.
If you are using a brush and roller, paint the edges of the area first. Painting window frames, skirtings, doors and mouldings are worth doing carefully to get the best results. Always work in sections and paint up to a natural break before stopping. Start at the top and work down, painting with light even strokes, working back into the wet edge.
Never try to paint over an area that is partially dried, as the brush will leave marks in the surface. If you see a run in the wet paint, paint over it as soon as possible with light even strokes.


To use a roller you’ll need a tray, frame, roller cover and possibly an extension pole. Make sure you have the right roller for the job. Generally speaking, 6-8mm nap covers are used for gloss and semi gloss paints, 10-12mm nap covers for low sheen and flat paints on walls and 20-32mm nap covers for most paints on rough surfaces like concrete or textured walls.
Fit the roller to the frame. Pour paint into the reservoir at the end of the roller tray. Do not overfill. Dip the roller lightly into the paint, then roll it gently backwards and forwards on the ramp to evenly distribute the paint on the roller cover. Slowly roll the paint onto the surface in a series of close zig-zag strokes. When the paint starts to run, re-roll the area with parallel strokes to even the spread.
Never leave a paint-covered roller exposed to the air for any length of time. Wrap it in plastic cling wrap when you take a short break, and make sure to clean it completely after use.

Paint Application Pads

Application pads can be used for cutting in where there are lots of edges to paint around. Simply load the pad with paint using a paintbrush. Place it on the wall, checking the guide wheels are clean, run the wheels along the architrave, skirting or corner.

Cleaning Up

If you are planning to continue the work the next day, just keep the paint, brush and/or roller in the paint tray and cover with foil or cling wrap. The next morning, run the brush or roller over a newspaper a few times and it will be ready to use.
After the job is completed wash the rollers and brushes and paint tray with water for water-based paints or mineral turps for solvent-based paints. Do not use a spinning tool to clean brushes, as this will make your brush flare. Wrap the clean brushes and rollers with newspaper and secure with a rubber band. Store the brushes flat or hang them on hooks.
Excess paint can be stored in the can. Never dispose of unwanted paint by pouring it down household or stormwater drains. Water-based paints can be treated with Dulux Envirosolutions Waste Paint Hardener. This product turns the liquid paint into a solid mass, which can then be placed in household waste. The can, once emptied, can be placed in household recycling bins. Unwanted solvent-based paints can be disposed of by pouring the excess onto an absorbent material such as kitty litter, cardboard or shredded paper. Allow to dry, and then dispose with your normal household waste collection. For the disposal of larger quantities of paint, contact your local council.

Source: Dulux

13 Creative Paint Projects

Sporting bright hues, this once-blah bedroom is singing a fresh new tune. See how these simple, budget-friendly painting ideas transform nearly every surface in sight.

What We Did

Our challenge: Boost this bedroom on a barely-there budget. What to do? Paint to the rescue! By the tube, can, quart, and gallon, we brushed, sprayed, and stenciled our way to a colorful, sunny view. With large-scale zinnias underfoot and thrifty butterfly artwork, we set a springtime theme.

DIY Faux Bois

A trendy faux bois headboard was anything but spendy — it’s painted right on the wall. Its wood-grain appeal gives a nod to nature. Try your hand at these techniques and you’ll be painting your way to a new look in no time. Get the instructions to make this headboard.

A Punchy Palette

Drenched in playful hues, this room looks as fresh as a spring day. Sunny yellow is a delightful canvas for sky blue and grassy green accents. Bright Pink ups the ooh-la-la factor, while crisp white keeps the room from becoming Candyland. Here, we gave an old dresser a bright makeover with the help of a sassy pink (BHG 315, Better Homes and Gardens through Dutch Boy).

Stencil for a Unique Accessory

To give the dresser a personalized touch, we created a honeycomb-like stencil.

To get the look: Purchase a stencil or cut your own from plastic. Clean and dry the surface to be stenciled; add a base coat, if desired. Then position the stencil and use stencil adhesive to adhere it to the surface. Use a stencil brush to apply paint over the stencil. Apply a very small amount of paint and, if working with a stencil brush, use a dabbing motion while holding the brush vertically. If your stencil requires a repeat, use the registration marks on the stencil to line up the next position. Let dry. Spray with a clear finishing sealer, if desired.

Get more stenciling tips.

Personalized Lampshade

We transformed this thrift store shade into a unique masterpiece with a few simple steps — and just a few bucks!

What We Did

Our challenge: Boost this bedroom on a barely-there budget. What to do? Paint to the rescue! By the tube, can, quart, and gallon, we brushed, sprayed, and stenciled our way to a colorful, sunny view. With large-scale zinnias underfoot and thrifty butterfly artwork, we set a springtime theme.

We transformed this thrift store shade into a unique masterpiece with a few simple steps — and just a few bucks!

Click to the next slide to get the how-to instructions.

How to Paint a Lampshade

First, spray the entire shade with a latex spray paint. Then use painter’s tape to mask off a straight line for the stem and use a darker shade of green to fill it in.

Get the materials list and a detailed how-to guide.

Adding the Leaves

You can create two leaf stamps using foam and Plexiglas blocks. Stamp the two different-toned leafs onto the shade, completing the personalized look.

Get the materials list and a detailed how-to guide.

Eye-Catching Wall Art

To add a whimsical butterfly pattern onto these once-white plates, use butterfly cutouts (download below) and a masking technique. When masking with intricate shapes, trace or print designs on sticky-back label paper, then cut out.
Get the detailed how-to guide and more masking tips.
Download the butterfly template.

Customized Pillow

Don’t shell out a fortune on a designer pillow when you can create your own with less than a yard of fabric and a little paint!

Click to the next slide to get the how-to instructions.
Get the materials list and a detailed how-to guide.

How to Paint a Pillow

Cut fabric into two 14×24-inch pieces. Print or photocopy desired letters. Using the end of a paintbrush as a stylus, trace letters onto one piece of fabric using dressmaker’s carbon transfer paper.

Get the materials list and a detailed how-to guide.

Start Painting

Paint gesso inside the transferred lines; let dry. Paint fabric paint over gesso; let dry. Machine-stitch around letters. Cut piping to fit around the perimeter of the pillow and cover with fabric cut on the bias. Place fabric pieces right sides together, sandwiching piping between. Sew together, leaving an opening. Turn, insert pillow form, and hand-stitch opening closed.

Get the materials list and a detailed how-to guide.

More About What We Did

As with the bedside dresser, we rescued this highboy dresser and misfit mirror from a thrift store and revamped them with a coat of Sweet Rhapsody by Behr. We matched the dresser to the headboard hue — and even gave the dresser top the same faux bois treatment. To get the look, we sanded and primed each piece, then applied two fresh coats of paint. The wicker chair was our gain from a friendly furniture swap; we covered it in several coats of Paradise Green by Pratt and Lambert. The bed’s pillow shams inspired the chair color. New glass knobs and drawer pulls are the finishing touches.

Masking on Fabric

To give this standard pink pillow a new look, we used the same zinnia stencil as we used on the floor but on a much smaller scale. Then we used a masking technique to create the collection of lines.

Get the detailed how-to guide plus more masking and stamping tips.

Simple Touches

Use a stencil and Krylon glass frosting spray paint to achieve the vintage etched style treatment on the mirror.

Personalize Vase

With a custom-made stamp, this once-ordinary vase gets embellished with a pretty pink cricket to tie in with the room’s spring theme.

Get the detailed how-to guide and more stamping tips.

Try Faux Bois

Punch up any surface with a faux bois finish.

To get this look: Purchase a wood-graining tool from a crafts store. Mask off the area with painter’s tape, if needed, and paint a base coat; let dry. Mix 4 parts glaze mix with 1 part paint color. Apply the glaze mix using the wood-graining tool and following the manufacturer’s instructions, rocking the tool back and forth as you pull it across a surface. Repeat until the entire area is completed. Remove masking and let dry. Spray with a clear finishing sealer, if desired.

Get the detailed how-to guide.

How to Screen Print

This custom piece of artwork is a one-of-a-kind screen print, which is an easy way to make your own art.

Get the detailed how-to guide.

Source: Better Homes & Gardens

Exterior House Paint Colors

When Spring and Summer roll around–and often Fall and Winter, too–many homeowners’ thoughts turn toward exterior house paint color. If you’re lucky enough to have a paintable house (i.e., not a material with a “baked-in color” such as vinyl siding), your house siding is your canvas.

Essential Facts About Exterior House Colors and Painting

  1. Trim: Many professional painters say that it’s hard to go wrong with an off-white trim, despite the field color you choose for the rest of the house.
  2. Cost of Paint: For an average-sized house, calculate at least $1,000 to $2,000 for paint alone.
  3. Cost of Labor: Labor costs for a quality painting job? Don’t be shocked to find estimates in the $10,000 to $20,000 range (hint: it’s the prep work that really drives up costs).
  4. Exterior Color Trends: Most major paint manufacturers issue color trend reports for the upcoming year, available on their websites. Follow the trends or buck the trends? Your choice.
  5. Moisture: Homeowners don’t have to think about moisture so much for interior painting, because it’s easy to control inside moisture. And since there is no way to control outside moisture, pay strict attention to manufacturer’s instructions about acceptable levels of air moisture for painting.
  • Sea Pine.
  • Antique White.
  • Horizon Gray.
  • Autumn Brown.

Got Suburban Ranch? Here’s Your Exterior Paint Color.

A trio of relaxing exterior paint colors for the style of house that is most commonly found in the U.S.–the ranch or rambler home.

  • Interlude.
  • Townsend Harbor Brown.
  • White Dove.

Stucco Exterior Paint Colors

Call it whatever you like–Tuscan perhaps? But this exterior paint idea combines the richness of the earthen field color with the crisp definition of the white trim.

  • Nectar.
  • Gridiron.
  • Insight.

Fresh Cape Cod

White Exterior Colors

It’s hard to go with with a Cape Cod-style exterior paint color–whether you are 100 feet or 100 miles from the ocean. This brisk Sawyer White from Valspar works in any geographic locale.

  • Sawyer White.
  • Vivid Blue.

Victorian Exterior Colors: Not for Every House

You have to have a certain kind of house to pull off this exterior paint color design; namely, Victorian. It’s not just the multiplicity of colors, but the punch they deliver.

  • High Park.
  • Garden Path.
  • Bordeaux Red.
  • Brilliant White.

Robin’s Egg Blue and White Exterior Colors

Here’s a soft exterior paint color design that works well with traditional-style houses that have dormers and shutters to show off this Deep Twilight Blue from Valspar.

  • Nostalgia.
  • Radiant Red.
  • Du Jour.
  • Deep Twilight Blue.

Wood Exterior Paint Colors – Stormy Variations

If you want serious and formal without being boring, Dutch Boy has an exterior house paint color scheme for you. This design utilizes their unique Thunder Storm exterior paint and conventional Hunter Green.

  • Thunder Storm.
  • Hunter Green.
  • White C3-4

Tudor Exterior House Colors…For Your Neighborhood

Valspar says that these exterior house paint colors were “inspired by the English Renaissance buildings of the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Tudor colors were brought to the United States in the 1920s. Will they work today for Anytown U.S.A.?

  • Ivory Lace
  • Swiss Chocolate
  • Tropical Nut
  • Homestead Resort Tea Room

Classic House Paint Colors

The Boy (Dutch Boy, that is) gives us a classic look, with an exterior house paint color scheme that is easy to duplicate for your own house.

  • Moss Landing.
  • Wreath.
  • Stream of Silver.

Dutch Colonial House Paint Design

Another soft-and-simple exterior house paint color scheme, this from Benjamin Moore. Weston Flax comprises the easygoing yellow field, and Ice Mist is used for the crisp white trim.

  • Ice Mist.
  • Weston Flax.

Source: About.com

What You Can Learn By Adding Home Interior Summer Colors

It’s summer time and the best part of the season is bringing in the colors that make us reminisce over all of the wonderful elements that summer reminds us of. Whether you love the ripe fruits and vegetables that light up your meals, or you remember a great beach vacation years ago – these colors can be brought into your summer home. There is so much you can learn from adding summer hues into your interiors. Take a look at these creative ways to wake your home up like a fresh orange this season with awesome color!

Colorful finishes in your kitchen and bath are perfect for your summer mood!

Summer colors should brighten your spirits:

There is nothing better than a warm day with a cool breeze whistling through your open windows to get you in a summer mood. Bring this feeling into your interiors with colors that brighten your spirits and entertaining mood. You can learn a lot from nature: green grass, soft aquamarine blue water, sandy tan beach sand and all the colors that remind you of a beach vacation can come into your living room. As nature changes its colors, so should your home. Add a colorful couch with accent pillows that becomes the star attraction of the room – or spread your color out throughout with a color palette that beckons you and your guests to slow down and enjoy the season. Soft pastel tones that remind you of your favorite ice cream flavors are a favorite of many homeowners!

Summer hues can help your home loosen up: 

Why should you just settle for bland color finishes?

In many adult homes the urge to want to make your interiors feel stodgy, mature and sophisticated can often stifle your personality and leave your home feeling lifeless. Bring summer colors into unexpected areas of your home. Kitchen cabinetry, appliances, laundry room appliances, and even countertop manufacturers are branching off from traditional colors with designer palettes. Look to your favorite kitchen and bath designer lines to see what new finishes are available. From hunter green sinks to chartreuse cabinet doors, you will have no excuse of why summer colors can’t make your interiors sing with childhood delight.

Greet every day with summer colors in your bedroom

Greet everyday with a burst of summer color in your bedrooms:

If you feel like you don’t have anything exciting to wake up to in your bedroom, think again. Summer colors can help you learn that your interiors shouldn’t be bland and colorful bedding; accent rugs, window treatments and accent pillows can enliven your sleeping experience. Start off with a dynamic accent color on your bed wall that will help set the tone as the focal point of your summer escape inspired bedroom. Don’t be afraid to bring fresh flowers by your bedside, add framed summer vacation photos above your bed and use lamps and bedside table decor to pull your bedroom together. Don’t like a lot of color? Instead, try using crisp whites and neutral colors for your bedding and then add a pop of color with a throw blanket at the base of your bed. It will add just enough summer color to enliven your mood in the morning and send you to bed with a smile every night.

Prefer a more subtle color boost? Pair up fresh summer whites and pops of color in bed linen

Source: Freshome: Design & Architecture

9 Decorative Colors for Summer

When summer rolls around, we’re ready to put away the darkness of winter, and surround ourselves with color. Here are 9 decorative interior design color ideas to brighten up your home.

Sunny Yellow

Nothing says summer like sunshine. Adding sunny yellow to any room in your home will give it instant brightness and glow. Mix and match lemon yellow, honey, banana, and butternut, for a room flooded with summer color. Good choices for accent colors in accessories are orange, blue, green and pink.

Sea Blue

A blue and white striped room is reminiscent of a lake cottage or beach house. Adding sea blue to your room will instantly bring this feel to your home. Consider aqua blue or periwinkle. Choices for complimentary colors with blue are yellow, red, and crisp white.

Crisp White

Crisp white color in a room gives it the clean airy feeling of the ocean breeze flowing through. On window treatments, it allows extra light to come through. No matter what color you decide to use for your summer face lift, incorporating white into the theme of the room will give it an extra pop.

Fresh Orange

Bright orange in a room makes you think of a fresh cut mango or a slice of juicy orange. Mixing different shades of orange like tangerine and pumpkin in a room make a big statement. Adding splashes of yellow will add to warmth of the room. To soften the room a little, you can add pale pinks.

Tropical Pink

Be it the soft pink walls of a tropical bungalow, or the hot pink of a tropical flower, incorporating pinks into your room gives it a Caribbean feel, which definitely speaks summer. Add some green as a secondary color for a subtle hue, or add red or orange as accent colors for extra brightness.

Gorgeous Greens

Sage, mint, and lime green mimic the grass, trees, and gardens outside the windows of our homes in summer. Incorporate different shades of green in different fabrics to copy the variations found in nature. For added impact, compliment with accessories in any bold color of your choice.

Lavender and Purples

Lilacs, peonies, eggplant, and irises are the inspiration for this color combination. These colors give your room a cool and warm feel at the same time. For complimentary colors, try yellows and pinks.

Robust Reds

Add fresh red colors such as tomato red or poppy red for a burst of color in your room. It can be matched with white or green to come together with huge impact.

Primary Colors

Think of a beach ball, with red, yellow, blue, and green stripes. Use these primary colors to give your room splashes of jewel tones throughout the room. Mix and match these colors throughout in pillows, vases, flowers, rugs, and throws. Mix some crisp white in with these colors to really make them stand out.

Source:  Do It Yourself

What A Painted Surface Should Look Like

A uniform paint coating is nice!

A properly painted surface is one uniform in appearance, color and sheen. In addition, it is free of foreign material, lumps, skins, runs, sags, holidays, misses, strikethroughs or insufficient coverage. The surface has no drips, spatters, spills or overspray that was caused by the GP&D workforce. Compliance to meet these criteria is viewed without magnification at a distance of five feet or more under normal lighting conditions and from a normal viewing position.

This definition of a properly painted surface is formerly adopted by the Painting & Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) into their standard P1

Term Definitions:

  • Color: an aspect of appearance based on visual response to light and consisting of the three dimensions of hue, saturation and light. 
  • Sheen: the degree of luster of the dried, fully cured paint film: a desired gloss 
  • Foreign material: any material that is foreign to the manufacturers coating (paint) 
  • Lumps: chunk of foreign material or dried paint 
  • Skins: dried film coating of paint 
  • Runs: paint that flowed downward while drying on a vertical surface because an excessive amount of paint was applied that leaves the appearance of a flow: Narrow downward movement of a paint film resulting is an irregular surface 
  • Sag: an excessive amount of paint that dries on a vertical surface that leaves a band: similar to runs but often broader in scope 
  • Holidays: a small area that is left uncoated; thin or skipped 
  • Misses: a spot or area that got overlooked when painting 
  • Strike-through: also known as a cut-through. A line leaving the previous surface showing; similar to a knife cut through the finish 
  • Insufficient coverage: a paint film that is applied less than the manufacturer’s standard; thinly applied or diluted paint 
  • Drips: paint spots on horizontal surfaces 
  • Spatters: little specks of paint caused by an excessive amount of paint which leaves the brush or roller and do no end up on the painted surface; end up elsewhere 
  • Spills: uncontrolled paint liquid (usually out of a bucket) which ends up on the horizontal surface; larger than a drip 
  • Overspray: uncontrolled paint liquid (usually sprayed) which ends up on surfaces not meant to be painted; a hazed look 
  • Compliance: Standard by which a rule is followed; Inspection criteria 
  • Magnification: The act of magnifying; enlargement; exaggeration 
  • Normal: without extra provisions or effort 
  • Standards: A specification practice or method which has been formally adopted 
  • Note: a pinhole is a small pore-like hole in the paint film, caused by solvent or moisture being released or a very small coating hole in a porous substrate; neither is not a holiday

Source: GP & D Coating & Restoration

Why Is It Important to Choose Low-VOC Paint?

Paint contains three different types of chemicals: binders, pigments, and solvents. The binders allow the paint to adhere to a variety of surfaces, the pigments give the paint its vibrant color, and the solvents keep the paint liquid until it is applied. Though all types of interior and exterior paint contain these components, not all paint is the same. Lower-quality brands often contain high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause several harmful effects. Choose high-quality, low-VOC paint to:

Avoid Health Problems
Most VOCs in paint are found in the solvent. The solvent is designed to dry out after a short period of time, which means that it evaporates directly off of the freshly painted surface. When paint is applied to the interior of your home or commercial space, this means that the VOCs can contaminate the indoor air, which can lead to respiratory problems and a variety of other health concerns. Low-VOC paints use alternative solvents, often with a water base, to reduce the concentration of toxic chemicals. Choose low-VOC paints to safeguard the health of your family or your employees.

Protect the Environment
When you have the exterior of your home or business painted, you should still choose low-VOC paints. Because the volume of paint used to cover a building’s exterior is quite large, using inferior paint can release many VOCs into the surrounding air. In addition, not all toxic compounds evaporate when the paint dries, and high-VOC paints can continue leeching contaminants into the air for many years after their initial application. To keep harmful chemicals from entering your local watershed and ecosystem, always use low-VOC paints for exterior applications.

Source: Williams Professional Painting

No Comparison: Spraying gets paint on the wall fast!

Sprayers pump over a gallon a minute onto the wall.

Some only compare a single application method against another – say brush and roll against the spray application. Fact is there is no comparison when it comes to getting the paint out of the bucket and on the wall. The airless spray method will always win. Yet some believe themselves to be the folklore hero “John Henry”, the man who could keep up with the machine till his last breath.

Facts are the spray method doubles the area against the roller application on almost all substrates. For instances a published contractor estimating guide rate of Board & Batten (T1-11 siding) states an average application roller rate is 175 SF/HR vs. the spray method covers twice the square footage – 350 SF/HR. Another example are exterior fixed slat louvered shutters, 5’ x 2’ Avg. (one-side) brushed will produce 4 to 6 shutters an hour; where the production to paint the same shutter is 12 an hour. Of course it all depends on the individual painter, but we are talking averages in an estimating guide.

So, if compared on a production rate alone the spray method is faster. Yet the comparison is not over with production rates alone, but in most discussions that is where it stops. As stated earlier the sprayer gets the paint out of the can faster; but is faster better? Well, the answer is “Yes” and “No”. Simply put there are two sides to a story.

The impression is paint is getting on the wall really fast and that is a good thing, but the problem is the spray application does not always seal exterior wood or siding substrates. Spray application methods use the physic’s concept of atomization to evenly apply the paint over the surface. Problem is unless the surface is completely smooth the paint will not reconnect itself once it is on the surface, thus leaving an unsealed substrate. This is the main point of the argument between which method is better.

So combing both techniques; brush, roll and spray the best results are achieved called ‘back-brushing or back-rolling. Back Brush / Roll is a method where sprayed paint, while still wet is worked into the substrate with a brush / roller to connect the paint droplets over the surface to improve uniformity and durability. This process pushes the primer or paint into the surfaces, filling small cracks or cavities if you were. Now the best of both worlds; quickly getting paint out of the can and getting a more uniform finish over rough surfaces.

Source: GP & D Coatings & Restoration

Bringing Warmth to a Room with Ceiling Paint

Painting a ceiling the right color can add texture, depth, and visual interest to any interior space. If you want to lend a warm feeling to a room, consider having the ceiling painted with a lighter shade of the same color you choose for the walls.

You can also create a larger, more open feeling in a low-ceilinged room with crown molding by painting it the same color as the ceiling. To make a high-ceilinged room feel cozier and more intimate, paint the crown molding a contrasting color. If you’d like more tips on choosing a color for your ceiling, watch this video from Sherwin-Williams.

Source: Williams Professional Painting