Get rid of surface mildew.
Mold and mildew usually appear as a brownish or black staining on the
surface and will
continue coming back after painting unless you eliminate it.Wash
affected areas with
a mixture of one parts of bleach to three parts of water! spray on.
wait, then rinse off.
Don't wait to ask
If your not sure what particular type of paint or procedure for your
Ask your local Sherwin Williams manager. They will know what product
for a certain job you are performing!
Extend the life of
your paint job.
Always start a job with the proper preparation needed for it.Cleaning
the surface is
a must! Proper removal of old peeling paint, primer if needed and a
paint to improve the look life of your paint job.
Take care of your
After painting with latex paints, clean brushes and equ. with warm
use a wire brush to clean stubborn paint build up off your
brushes, store your
brushes in the covers they come with so they keep there form! Oil
clean up should be with paint thinner or mineral spirits!
Look for shrubbery
against the house.
A must for painting the exterior siding that you tie back any branches
that might scratch the fresh paint.. should leave tied up for
week to allow
complete drying of the paint!
Every paint has a color name and number!! for touch- ups you
might run out
and need to buy additional paint for your improvements.
Extension paint handles.
A extension handle can save you allot of ladder work, in many cases
time and mobility.
Always work safe.
Proper positioning of ladders can save you from seriously getting
hurt.. If using alu.
ladders always beware of the incoming electrical lines to the house,
you don't want
to be the ground for it..............
Wear a dust mask when sanding, safety glasses should be used when
pressure washing , chips of paint and other objects could cause damage
to your eyes.
A hat for outside to shield the sun out your face,, and wear white
dark clothing will attract more heat in the summer months.
Full paint containers.
Yes drop cloths should be used on driveways, sidewalks, and basically
don't want paint to get on.. Proper prep. makes your paint job more
You should never walk up a ladder with a full open gallon of
paint. It should be a
half to three quarters filled for spillage reasons!
Peeling - This usually occurs
on protected surfaces such as
overhangs and porch ceilings. Chemical salts that were not washed off
the old surface before it was repainted are usually the cause of
peeling, or it may be the result of painting over a glossy surface.
Solution: The old paint must be scraped off and the surface needs to be
thoroughly sanded. Then wash the surface with a phosphate-based
detergent (TSP). Rinse thoroughly then let it dry. A primer may be
necessary - this depends on the type of paint you select - check the
(14) Blistering or Flaking - is
two-fold problem caused by moisture trapped in the siding which pushes
the paint away from the surface. It may be a sign that there is a leak
in the roof, eaves or the plumbing. Lack of ventilation in the kitchen
and/or bathrooms could also be a cause.
Solution: First you?re going to need to find the source of the moisture
and correct the problem. Then scrape the blistered area down to stable
paint or wood. Sand the surface. A primer may be necessary before you
paint - this depends on the paint you select - check the label
(15) Alligator Cracking - If the siding is plywood
masonry, the problem may be caused by cracks in the siding. If it?s
not, it indicates that the top coat of paint has shrunk and pulled away
from the undercoat. This condition usually occurs only on very old
Solution: Scrape or sand the surface until you reach stable paint or
wood. Hose it down well. A primer may be necessary before you paint -
this depends on the paint you select - check the label.
PREPARE THE SURFACE
- Take time to caulk all joints,
cracks and seams
in the surface before painting . This is easy and quick with a caulking
gun and caulking cartridges. Don't start painting until the caulking is
finished and thoroughly dried.
- Before painting windows, check
around the window
panes for loose or missing putty . Replace the putty in these areas
before starting the painting job. Use a good grade of putty and apply
it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Always clean the surface to be
painted. Use a
wire brush, sanding block or power sander to remove loose paint and
grime before applying the primer coat. If you try to cut corners and
save time by failing to clean the surface, you'll likely end up with
- Fill in any cracks or large
holes appearing on
the surface with wood putty before starting the painting job . The
putty should have the texture of paste, as illustrated below. Allow
time for the wood putty to dry before applying the primer coat.
- Use a special V-shaped putty
knife for puttying
along a window sash
. This special tool is inexpensive and helps you do a
professional-looking job much faster and easier.
- If you need to remove a heavy
build-up of old
paint, use a propane torch to help make the job faster and easier. A
wide-mouth burner tip is available to spread the flame over large
areas. Use a long-handled scraper to keep your fingers away from the
heat as you work .
- Use your power drill for
smoothing rough spots
before painting . Purchase a sanding wheel drill attachment to make
sanding much easier. A wire brush attachment for your power drill is an
excellent tool for removing rust and scale from metal.
- Use plastic or paper drop
cloths to cover
sidewalks, shrubbery or other areas needing protection before you start
the painting. Use drop cloths to cover floors, furniture, etc., for
indoor painting. These cloths are inexpensive and save you a lot of
- Thoroughly mix the paint .
Pour off, into another
container, any thin portion of the paint that is floating on top . Use
a paddle to stir the paste settled in the bottom of the can . Stir in a
small amount of the thin portion of the paint and use the paint paddle
to stir with a figure eight motion. As you stir, gradually mix the thin
portion back into the main paint can . Finally, pour the paint back and
forth from one container to another . This will thoroughly mix the
paint and bring it to the proper thickness for application.
- Save a lot of clean-up time by
lining your roller
tray with a plastic tray liner. If you do not have a plastic liner, use
aluminum foil Press a large piece of aluminum foil tightly
against the sides of the tray. When you're finished painting, you can
simply remove the aluminum foil and throw it away. This leaves little
or no clean up.
- Use masking tape where two
paint colors come
together for a much neater job. Apply the masking tape at the point
where the two colors join. Then remove it when the paint is dry for a
much smoother joint between the two colors than you'll get by free-hand
- When you're painting corners,
always use the flat
side of the brush
. Painting with the side of the brush causes "fingering." Your paint
job will be neater and your brush will last a lot longer when you use
the flat side of the brush, as illustrated.
- shows how to use a
paint brush for best
results when painting exterior surfaces. First, dip the paint brush
into the can to load the bristles about half-way with paint. Never dip
more than half of the brush into the paint. After loading half the
bristles with paint, touch the brush lightly to the surface at several
points to apply spots of paint . After applying the spots of paint, use
long leveling brush strokes to smooth out the spots . Finish each area
with back and forth motions and zig-zag strokes . A little practice
with a brush will enable you to complete a professional-looking
painting job with minimal effort.
- If you've had the paint for a
long period of
time, it may contain impurities such as dirt or lumps. There is no need
to throw this paint away. Instead, cut a disk of window screen to fit
just inside the paint can . The screen will sink down into the paint
and carry the lumps to the bottom of the can as the level of the paint
- You can avoid paint rings and
drips on the floor
by sticking a paper plate to the bottom of the paint can before you
start the job. Just apply a little paint to the bottom of the can and
press the paper plate against it. The paper plate will stick to the
bottom of the can and prevent the paint from dripping onto the floor.
- Avoid paint ridges and lap
marks on a flat
surface by always stroking into the wet paint area,
from it . Blend each stroke of the brush toward the
area, bringing the layer you're applying into the wet paint previously
- If you are planning a small
outside painting job,
you may be bothered by insects flying into the newly applied paint. To
avoid this problem, add a small amount of insect repellent to the paint
when it is mixed. Do not use too much - a small amount will do the
trick without damaging the color or quality of the paint.
- Paint wire fences with
special, long nap rollers
. As this type of roller is pushed across the face of the wire fence,
paint is applied to the front and sides of the wire. Repeat on the
opposite side and the job is done. The fence can be painted in almost a
single stroke if the correct roller is used.
- When you're painting with a
roller, start the job
by making several criss-cross strokes on the area to be painted . After
you've made these strokes, continue to work up and down to spread the
newly applied paint evenly over the area. For painting trim work, use a
special trim roller or a brush.
- You can
purchase special rollers for painting beveled or weather-boarded areas
. Use a special "doughnut-shaped" roller to paint the underedges of
weather board. Use a wider type roller for painting the main surface
area. By using rollers of these special types, you can paint the entire
exterior of the house without touching a brush.
(16) Most of
all take your time and have fun :)