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How to Clean Painted Walls in Your Home

So, you’ve chosen the perfect wall color. Great! But what happens when your toddler covers it with dirty fingerprints or your sister-in-law splashes red wine on it? Wouldn’t you like to keep your interior paint looking fresh? Well, like most things in life, that takes regular maintenance.

As you’re taking care of your spring cleaning, don’t neglect your painted walls. Take time to dust them or scrub out stains. Here’s how to clean them properly.

General Tips for Cleaning Painted Walls

First, a few tips. Cleaning your painted walls isn’t terribly difficult, but it can be time-consuming. Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • It really helps to know which type of paint was used. If you have semi-gloss or glossy enamel paint, you’re in luck. These types of paint are easiest to clean. If you have eggshell latex paint on the other hand, you’ll want to be careful because abrasive scrubbing can affect your paint color. Below, we give specific instructions for cleaning latex and oil-based paint.  
  • No matter what’s on your walls, you’ll want to start with dusting. You can do this with the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Sometimes, simply going over your walls this way will keep them looking clean for another year.
  • Always start with the gentlest cleaning solutions possible, and don’t use too much water! Sometimes, a quick swipe with a damp sponge will do the trick.
  • You can make homemade cleaning solutions that are much gentler and work just as well as store-bought chemicals. Try adding 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup vinegar, and ¼ cup baking soda to a gallon of warm water for general cleaning. If you have a stubborn spot, try a paste of baking soda and water gently rubbed over the stain.
  • If you’re worried about your wall color fading, test out your cleaning solution on a patch of wall that won’t show, like the area behind your sofa. If, after cleaning, your paint looks bright without any water marks, you’re in good shape!
  • Don’t forget to go over your walls with a final sweep of the sponge and fresh, clean water. You don’t want dust clinging to soapy residue on your walls. After cleaning and rinsing, dry the area with a soft cloth so you don’t leave any drips or water marks.
  • Got grease? For stains that are hard to remove, try a kitchen degreaser product. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a pretty good bet, too.

Preventative Maintenance on Painted Walls

The best way to keep your painted walls looking fresh is by keeping dust and spots off them in the first place. This preventative maintenance can go a long way toward keeping your paint job look flawless. Here’s what to do.

First, vacuum your painted walls with a soft brush vacuum attachment. Next, use a dusting spray and a cloth-covered mop or dusting wipe to clean the walls. If you notice fingerprints or other marks, try to wipe them off right away. Just remember avoid using a lot of water on your walls.

Cleaning Tips For Walls Painted with Latex Paint

If your walls are painted with latex paint, it’s okay to use warm water and an all-purpose cleaner. You’ll want to choose a non-abrasive cleaner – nothing too harsh. Rub a damp sponge gently in a circular motion to get rid of dirt or marks.

Sometimes, you can clean your walls with just a sponge dipped in clean water and wrung dry. For more stubborn stains, try baking soda and water, white vinegar and water, or a gentle store-bought cleaner.

Be careful around light switches, outlets, or other electrical connections! And again, be sure to use a soft, dry cloth when you’re finished so you don’t leave streaks.

Cleaning Tips For Walls Painted with Oil-Based Paint

For walls painted with oil-based paint, wash them in the same way, but avoid using an all-purpose cleaner! Chemicals can fade or mar the color on your walls. Instead, try this detergent solution:

  • Stir 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent into a quart of warm water.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar.
  • Let solution sit on stain for 10 minutes before blotting.

Do you have texture-painted walls? If so, you might need to do a deeper cleaning. If you add an ounce of Borax to each pint of water you use, that should do the trick.

Rely on SNL Painting Inc. to Give You a Fresh New Look

If these tips just aren’t working for you, it may be time to put a new coat of color on your walls. The professionals at SNL can give you an updated shade – even a new textured look! We’re happy to give you a free estimate. Just give us a call!

Curb Appeal Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring-time …

If you’ve been longing for warmer temperatures, well, now they’re here! Why not take some steps to increase the value of your home?

One area that can benefit you enormously is your home’s curb appeal. After all, whether you plan to sell your home or not, first impressions matter. Here’s some advice from the pros:

The 3 Main Things that will Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

To spruce up your home this spring, you’ll want to focus on clean-up, landscaping, and the little details that make a home stand out.

First, do a few chores. Is there flaking paint on your trim? Have weeds grown through the entryway paving stones? Are your gutters still full of fall leaves? Even if you don’t do anything else to your home’s exterior, a little clean-up goes a long way.  

Second, consider your landscaping. Spring is a great time to prepare the yard for sunny weather, and replant flowers or shrubbery. So, trim runaway bush branches and pull those weeds. Again, it doesn’t take much to impress the neighbors. Sometimes it’s as easy as seeding your lawn.

Finally, consider the little things. What would a new light fixture do for your entryway, for example? Can you update your house numbers or purchase a new mailbox? 

Think about it this way: if you own a business, you want your customers to feel a certain way when they walk in your front door. That’s why business owners invest in fresh landscaping or a powerwash every year. It’s the same with your home.  

More Tips Guaranteed to Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Home

1. Think Like a Buyer

Walk around your home and look at it with fresh eyes. What looks dingy or worn down? What repairs could you make to really brighten up the exterior of your home?

2. Check Your Digits

Are your house numbers visible? Or are they fading stickers, slowly peeling off the side of the mailbox? One easy way to improve your exterior is to install house numbers that are visible and go with the overall decor of your home.

3. Surfaces Matter, Too

There’s nothing more off-putting than seeing a layer of greenish mold on a house’s siding, or looking at an oil-stained driveway or patio. Have you considered a power-wash? An occasional wash can keep your surfaces looking spick-and-span.

4. Invest in Plants

Whether you plan an extensive landscaping project, or simply place a few potted plants in your entryway, greenery is an inexpensive way to bring spring to your yard and add to your curb appeal.

5. Beautify Your Windows

Are your windows treated? When people look at your home, do they see crooked blinds and peeling window sills? Or bright, clean windows with interesting window treatments? It’s up to you.

6. Lighten up …

When it gets dark, do things get a little scary at your place? The warm glow of a porch light or walkway lights can instantly add a friendly, welcoming feel to your place. You can also use lights to highlight your landscaping or your home’s best exterior features.

7. Don’t Forget the Details

Add paint and spruce up the details … You don’t have to paint an entire house to reap the benefits of a fresh coat on your front door, trim and shutters. Choose a color that compliments your home and adds a little pop. Then, accessorize with a new welcome mat, pottery, or patio furniture.

SNL Painting Inc. Can Make Your Exterior Shine

If winter has done a number on your exterior and you want to go ahead and schedule a new exterior paint job, call on us … our experts can help you achieve the look you want.

Why Wallpaper? Here are 3 Reasons and 8 Trends that will Convince You

Maybe you haven’t considered wallpaper since the early 80s. Maybe the idea of lining up wallpaper patterns just right makes you sweat with anxiety. Whatever the reason, it seems that many of us shy away from this particular wall covering.

Here’s the thing … with easy-to-install modern wallpaper in trendy patterns, you shouldn’t worry! Wallpaper has changed since the last time you tried to do it yourself with sticky glue, a bucket of water, and a lot of cursing. Today’s hottest patterns aren’t about paisley or farm animals. They’re actually well-designed and stylish!

Here are a few other reasons you might want to consider wallpaper, and what the hottest wallpaper trends are this year …

Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

Paint can only do so much. While it can provide smooth, all-over color, it can’t hide all wall imperfections or reveal your personality in quite the same way wallpaper can. More than any other wall covering, wallpaper can add character and make a space feel elegant and put-together. If a room is dull with no interesting architectural features, wallpaper can make it shine. And if you want something unique for your home, a bold-patterned wallpaper is the best way to go.

Here are three more reasons to give wallpaper a fresh look:

1. Wallpaper is Economical

When you consider the long-term care of your wall covering, wallpaper starts to make a lot of sense. Not only is most wallpaper today easy to clean, it lasts up to 10 years.

2. Wallpaper Adds Interest to Your Home

Let’s face it. Most interiors today are boxy and bland. Without molding, arches, or trim to add architectural detail, it’s sometimes hard to spruce up a modern home. Enter wallpaper. With the right pattern, you can add a paneled affect, highlight a focal point, or create architectural interest where there was none.

3. Wallpaper Provides a Design Theme for Your Home  

With an endless variety of colors and patterns, wallpaper can help you set a theme for your home and carry that theme through every room of your house.

8 Wallpaper Trends for 2018

If you are decorationally challenged and aren’t sure where to start with wallpaper, let us help! There are plenty of trendy options that can make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Here are 8 to explore …

  1. A traditional pattern, but in a fresh color. Think: paisley in turquoise or pink!
  2. Stripes: Timeless and versatile, stripes can make any room a little classier.
  3. Metallics … Give floral wallpaper a chic look by adding a little metallic sheen in rose gold or silver.
  4. Large-scale florals – Blow up a peony pattern on a dark background. You won’t believe how lush and stylish your space will feel.
  5. Art Deco: Trust us, it’s just as stylish now as it was a hundred years ago.
  6. Faux textured wallpapers to add interest to a boring room.
  7. Geometric patterns in a neutral color can add a little personality without overpowering a room.
  8. Botanical prints are super trendy, and easy to do if you want your home to pop with style.

Call Us if You’d Like to Give Wallpaper a Try

If you’d like to hand off a wallpapering job to a professional, contact us! We don’t just paint, we can refresh your home with wallpaper or faux finishes. We stand behind our work and we’re happy to give you a free estimate.

Refresh Your Home With 2018 Color Trends

It’s a new year, and if you’ve been considering a fresh start, think about how beneficial a redesigned interior can be to the feel of your home or business.

In addition to providing professional paint jobs for homes and businesses, we try to keep up with designer color trends each new year. Gray, violet, and taupe were the go-to colors in 2017, but designers will be going deeper, bolder, and earthier in 2018. Take a look at these predictions and edgy color choices!

Searching for Serenity with Grounding Interior Paint Colors

Life is always stressful, but the last couple of years have felt particularly strained. Maybe that’s why so many designers are looking for serenity in the colors they choose. Behr’s color of the year, for instance, is a tranquil spruce blue. Inspired by nature, this combination of blue, gray, and green tones evokes a feeling of calm. Appropriately named “In The Moment,” this color is versatile enough to use in the home or office, both interior and exterior. We predict it will be requested often in the new year.

The experts at Elle Decor and Sherwin-Williams agree that colors promoting harmony and sincerity will be key in 2018. Sherwin-Williams director Sue Wadden says that soft, washed neutrals, greens, and pinks help create “an environment to disconnect and recharge.” If you’ve been craving a tech or media-free zone, consider immersing yourself in one of these earthy tones.

Going Deeper and Darker with Bold Colors

Going bold means reveling in purple and black shades this year. The PPG color of the year is a deep slate color that they’re calling “Black Flame.” Dee Schlotter, PPG’s marketing manager for Olympic paint, says consumers “crave deep, comforting colors that offer a welcomed escape from the chaos of daily life.” That’s why she’s gone away from a more open, breezy look toward a combination of indigo and black that seems to embrace you in luxurious depth. Glidden has followed this trend with a color of the year they call “Deep Onyx.” According to Trendir, black is a powerful statement that will be a huge design element in 2018.

If purple is more your style, consider Pantone’s “Ultra Violet.” This rich shade will make your space feel energetic, even magical! Or consider a lively red with Benjamin Moore’s choice, “Caliente.” If you’ve wanted to add drama to your environment, now’s the time. As an accent color, or combined with neutral furniture, these choices can really spice up your home or workplace.

Finding your Power Color in 2018

Pink stands for power in 2018. Pantone predicts that the millennial pink color that’s dominated color lists for the last couple of years will shift into more complex shades this year. Graham & Brown have picked a dusty rose shade they call “Penelope” for their color of the year. This shade is simple and neutral enough to use at home or at the workplace for a chic, sophisticated look. It’s much more grown up than the bubble gum pink you may remember from childhood.

What’s your opinion? Will you unplug and relax in a calming sanctuary? Wrap yourself in a deep dark blanket of color? Or shine a glowing, positive pink in the new year? Whichever you choose, we can help give your home or business a smooth, professional look you’re sure to love. Let us know how we can refresh your space!

Paint Finishes: The Right Paint for Each Room in Your Home

When the weather gets cold many of us turn our attention to making the interior of our home as cozy and warm as possible. For some, that means a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a kitchen or bedroom.

How Do You Decide Which Paint Finish is Best?

When you go to the hardware store, you face several decisions: Color, first of all, but also finish. What do the different paint finishes really mean? How important are they to the final look of your room? Which should you use for a kitchen, living room, bathroom, or bedroom?

We recommend that you first consider the needs of each particular room. Ask yourself how much traffic the room will get, and how durable the paint needs to be. We generally advise customers to consider both shine and durability when they make their choice. The descriptions below will help, too: 

Flat or Matte  

Flat or Matte paint is the cheapest, but it’s tough to clean. Because the sheen on this paint is so low, it soaks up light rather than reflecting it. It provides a lot of coverage, and it’s a money-saver, but we don’t recommend it for high-traffic areas. Save this paint finish for adult bedrooms or other interior rooms that won’t be smudged up by kids or pets.

Eggshell

One step up on the shine scale is the popular eggshell finish. This paint provides a low sheen with just a little velvety luster. It covers imperfections well and it’s pretty durable, so it’s a great choice for dining rooms or other gathering spaces.  

Satin

This paint finish has a rich luster, and it’s easy to clean! So, it’s an excellent choice for high-traffic areas like family rooms, hallways, or kids’ bedrooms. The only thing to watch out for is the application. Unfortunately, this paint tends to show brush strokes, so paint with caution.  Once applied, it’s a nice, durable choice.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss is highly durable, which makes it perfect for rooms exposed to moisture or grease. Many people use it for kitchens or bathrooms because it’s so easy to clean. This paint can handle just about anything you throw at it.

High Gloss

High Gloss paint is the most durable of all paint sheens. It’s also the easiest to clean. For this reason, we recommend it for cabinets, trim, and doors – any area that will be frequently touched. It may be a little too shiny for interior walls, though. And be careful! Paint this shiny requires a lot of prep work so blemishes don’t show.

Count on SNL Painting Inc. to Provide Expertise

Still confused? Give our experts a call! We can give you advice or even do the work for you! Our professionals treat your home as if it were our own, taking time and care to do the job right.

Winter Weather Can Be Damaging to Exterior Paint: Here’s What You Should Know

If you’ve put off painting the exterior of your house, you may just have to keep putting it off. At least for the next few months. It’s getting frosty outside, and unfortunately, the cold weather can be rough on your exterior paint. In fact, it may be contributing to peeling or discoloration!

What Does Winter Weather Do to Your Exterior Paint?

According to research done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, interior condensation combined with a cold exterior temperature can cause paint to peel and chip.

The damage comes from two sides. Your family produces water vapor during the day by doing ordinary things like cooking or washing clothes. Because ventilation isn’t as effective in the wintertime, water vapor becomes trapped in the attic and walls. When this water vapor condenses, it can soak into your siding or your outside paint job, causing the paint to peel.

From the outside of your home, snow and ice can linger in the eaves and gutters. As the ice melts, it seeps down, doing even more damage to your exterior paint job. That’s why the paint around your roof line, kitchen, and laundry room tends to deteriorate faster. If the caulk around doors or window frames is damaged, you can have problems in those areas, too.

Exterior Paint Problems Can Be Avoided, Even in Winter

The good news is that exterior paint problems can be avoided, even in cold weather. With proper insulation and moisture barriers, and sufficient ventilation, you can avoid the condensation problem described above. We recommend that you install a solid 6-mil polyethylene vapor barrier in crawl spaces and exterior walls. Also, be sure to properly vent kitchens, bathrooms, and clothes dryers to the outside. This will reduce the amount of moisture that seeps into your paint, and keep your exterior looking nice longer.

Pay Close Attention to Temperature Guidelines When You Paint Your Exterior

If you’ve been wanting to repaint your home, the best thing for you to do during cold weather is wait. Don’t try to replace peeling paint or put a second coat on faded color during the winter.

If you want to be better prepared, check the labels on your paint for recommended temperatures. Generally, the standard minimum is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, each brand of paint is different. We recommend that users apply paint only in the recommended range for the best coverage.

What’s the problem with painting in the cold? Unfortunately, it can shorten the paint’s drying time, which can cause poor surface adhesion. This often results in bubbling or cracking on your exterior surface. If your leftover paint freezes, that will damage the product as well. We recommend storing your paint indoors.

If You Need Expert Advice, SNL Painting Inc can Help

If you’d like more expert advice, or if you want to schedule a paint job before this year’s big freeze, contact SNL Painting Inc! We’re happy to help, no matter how low the temps drop outside.

Exterior Paint vs. Vinyl Siding: Which Should You Choose?

Refinishing a house can add to its curb appeal – and its owner’s sense of pride! If you have an older home, you may be facing a tough choice: do something about peeling paint by hiring a professional exterior painter. Or going with a popular choice and installing vinyl siding. Which should you choose?

Compare the Durability of Exterior Paint vs. Vinyl Siding  

When it comes to durability, vinyl is the preferred choice. Paint will begin to peel and fade within five to eight years. Vinyl siding, on the other hand, has a lifespan of 20 years or more. Vinyl also comes with integral insulation and can be more energy efficient.

The cons of choosing vinyl siding over paint may depend on where you live. Keep in mind that vinyl siding is flexible. It can bend, dent, or warp. So, if you live in a windy or storm-prone climate, you may want to consider the cost of maintaining the siding on your home.

Consider the Initial and Long-Term Cost

When you consider cost, be sure to factor in both the initial payment and the long-term requirements of your home’s exterior. These costs vary depending on the materials you choose, and whether or not you decide to hire professionals.

Painting is less expensive than siding initially, and if it’s done well, it can beautify your home for several years. Because high-quality paint lasts longer, you’ll want to use the best that you can afford. To give you a cost estimate, a 3,000 square foot house requires somewhere around 15 gallons of paint. Premium paint can cost $50 a gallon or more. So, you can expect that the cost in paint will be approximately $750 or more.

Painting requires a lot of prep work to achieve the smooth, evenly-coated surface you’ll want to achieve. Other repairs to loose or rotted wood may also prove costly. Whether you do the work yourself or hire professionals, the job will require an investment, as well as regular maintenance.

Let’s compare this cost to that of vinyl siding. Installing vinyl, even on a smaller one-story home, will cost upwards of $3,600. Depending on your contractor, vinyl can run you as much as $12,000. Clearly, it’s more expensive up front. However, as we mentioned above, it may require less consistent maintenance over time.

Appearance Matters: the Aesthetics of Exterior Paint

Do aesthetics matter to you? You may want to consider how vinyl siding will change the appearance – even the character – of your house, especially if you have an older home. Repainted wood not only gives your house a classic appearance, it also allows you to keep those charming details, like window sills, cornices, or decorative trim, that give the home so much character. Siding, on the other hand, may make your home look boxy or bland. As one expert in historic home restoration puts it, “Installing vinyl siding on a building is like putting a slipcover on a sofa.”

Whichever you choose, you’ll need to be prepared to invest effort, money, and time into your project so that your home will look its best. If you would like to get advice from professional home painters, let us know! Our experts will be happy to talk to you further about this important choice.

Keep Your Deck in Great Shape Whether it’s Spring, Summer, or Fall!

We hope you’ve enjoyed your deck this summer. As the weather gets cooler, it’s tempting to leave the chores for later – maybe even next year.

Don’t! We recommend doing maintenance on your deck now so you don’t face nasty challenges come spring.

Deck Maintenance in Early Fall

Some homeowners think they’re off the hook once cool weather starts. They begin counting the number of times they’ll have to mow the lawn before snow falls, or they happily cover their patio furniture and forget about it until spring. If you own a deck, however, you have to maintain it properly to make sure you will get years of use from it.

So, let’s talk about what you can do – right now – to care for your premier party patio!

  • Trim bushes and trees.

This may not seem like a necessary chore, but trimming nearby bushes can help slow the growth of mold, moss, or rot on your deck. Trim them back now so you don’t have mold issues in the spring.

  • Rake leaves and don’t let debris pile up.

This chore is important for the same reason. You don’t want to peel rotted leaves off your deck when the weather warms up.

  • Don’t leave planters or patio furniture in the same place.

Moving them around occasionally helps you avoid discoloration.

  • Shop for discount patio furniture!

If you’re less than thrilled with the look of your patio, fall is the ideal time to buy. Several retailers will want to clear out their patio furniture in the fall and may offer deep discounts.

  • If the weather’s nice, go ahead and wash, seal, and stain your deck for next summer.

Save yourself a springtime chore! As long as the weather is mild, fall can be the perfect time to get this chore out of the way so your springtime entertaining can begin early. After all, deck stains are not designed for temperatures below 50 or above 90, and they need to dry out for a couple of days after application. For both of these reasons, the dry, mild weather of fall might just be ideal. These tips will come in handy if you decide these cooler days offer a great opportunity to spruce up that deck.

When the Snow Melts, Take Care of Spring Chores  

Once the snow melts and the warm weather returns, it’s important to check your deck for mold and mildew and give it a good wash. Remove debris and sweep the entire deck before washing it with an appropriate cleanser.

When you clean, you can use a garden sprayer, brush or paint roller. But don’t let liquid pool on your deck and don’t let the deck dry until you’ve scrubbed it completely. We recommend paying attention to the manufacturer’s instructions on the cleanser and rinsing thoroughly with clean water. Don’t forget to clean the railings! If you plan to seal your deck as well, wait two days before doing so.  

Our experts can help you stain your deck, as well! Spring is the best time to get your deck ready for entertaining.

More Tips and Tricks for Late Spring and Summer

You’re not off the hook over the summer! Here’s what you can do to maintain that deck and keep entertaining all season long …

When the weather is warm, that’s the best time to inspect your deck’s structure, look for signs of rot, and check how sturdy those joints are. Here are a few pro tips to get you started …

  • When you look for rot, check the stairs and each post. It helps to use a screwdriver to test areas you suspect may be rotted out. Some of these areas can simply be removed with a chisel or patched with a wood preservative. For extensive damage, however, you’ll need to contact a carpenter or home repair professional.
  • Use a flashlight to check underneath your deck. Be sure to check what carpenters call the ledger — a frame attaching the deck to your house. If the ledger looks weak, you’ll want to have it repaired right away so there’s no risk of collapse. Be sure to check that any major beams are attached with lag screws, not nails, and that none of these screws are rusted out.
  • Don’t neglect the railing. Check to see that posts are not loose. Finally, check for cracks or rotting boards on the deck itself.

If you’d like to hire a professional to get your deck spruced up while the weather is mild, let us know! Our professionals will be happy to keep your deck looking great year round.  

It’s Tempting to Buy Cheap, but Should You? Here’s How to Pick the Right Paint Brush for your Painting Project.

When you start a painting project, you have so much prep work to do and so many decisions to make! Paint can hide imperfections, but the wrong paint – with the wrong brushes – can make them glaringly obvious. If you want a professional-looking paint job, it’s worth the extra cost up front. We recommend buying a quality brush that will hold more paint and help your color glide on evenly.

The Right Paint Brush Can Help You Achieve the Best Look. 

If you’re painting a room, it’s important to consider the tasks in front of you, and decide which brush to use from there. You’ll want a different tool for a large, smooth surface, for example, than you will for the trim around windows, doors, or ceilings.

You’ll also want to consider the type of paint you’re using. For instance, natural brush bristles are designed for oil-based paint. They’re simply not appropriate for latex paint.

Here’s what has worked best for our pros:

 

  • Brush material

 

When it comes to brush material, look for nylon, polyester, or a blend of both. These brushes work well with most paint on the market today. They’re also easy to clean.

 

  • Brush bristles

 

Look at the brush’s bristles before you buy. The bristles should be densely packed and a little springy, but not crimped. A quality brush won’t lose its bristles easily. The bristles should also be “chiseled” – the middle brushes longer than the outer ones – and “flagged” so they hold more paint.

 

  • Brush size

 

For the most part, you’ll want a brush from 1 to 4 inches in width. The smallest brushes, from 1 to 2 inches, are designed for windows and small trim jobs. The largest, 4 inches, works best for large, flat areas. The best use for 3-inch brushes are doors and cabinets. Remember, you’ll want glossy paint for these surfaces!

 

  • Brush end types

 

For large surfaces, the square trim brush should be your go-to. The bristles of this brush are cut square and ideal for covering a large area. If you need to paint around windows, an angled brush works well. Chisel trim brushes are also good choices for painting in corners and edges. They provide a straight line in tight spaces.

 

  • Brush Styles

 

The typical choice is between an angle sash brush and a flat sash brush. Flat sash brushes have bristles that are straight across. These brushes are primarily designed for flat areas. Angle sash brushes have slanted bristles that hold more paint. If you decide to choose only one brush to use in several different applications, an angle sash may be your best bet.

What about Rollers?

Rollers are a great choice for large, flat surfaces in your home. They help you get color on the walls smoothly and quickly. However, for the best outcome, you need to put the same considerations into a roller cover that you’d put into a quality brush.

Like regular brushes, roller cover material may be made of a nylon/polyester blend or a natural fiber like lambs wool. Natural fibers are perfect for oil-based coatings. If you’re using latex paint, however, go with synthetic fibers. These multi-purpose roller covers can be used with all paints.

The standard length for a roller cover is nine inches. You can also choose shorter lengths for jobs in tight spaces. The other measurement you’ll want to consider is nap length. A basic rule of thumb is this: the smoother the surface, the shorter nap you need. Use the shortest nap lengths for smooth surfaces like plaster, metal, or drywall. Use the longest lengths for rough surfaces like stucco or concrete block.

And, we can’t stress this enough, but just like a quality brush gives you better results and lasts a long time, rollers, too, should be chosen with care. Rollers of low quality are more likely to leave streaks or roller fibers on your freshly painted surface.

Count on SNL Painting for a Professional Paint Job When You Need One!

Remember that SNL Painting is available if you would like professionals to take care of the job for you! We treat your home as if it were our own, and we’ll be happy to give any room a fresh new look!

Painting 101: Mistakes to Avoid and Tips to Try for a Professional-Looking Paint Job

If you’ve done painting projects in your home before, then you know how frustrating it can be to finish up, peel the tape off, and see that splotch of color where it doesn’t belong. It takes a lot of time and, all too often, a lot of cleanup to paint even a small bedroom! So, what’s the secret to making a complicated job like this worth the effort?

We’ve been in this business a long time, and we can help you avoid those common painting mistakes that make you want to tear your hair out. Let’s start with what NOT to do …

What to Avoid if You Want to Paint Like a Pro:  

1. Skipping the Prep Work.

Putting tape around the baseboards is annoying, isn’t it? Buying an extra drop cloth, cleaning and patching the walls, removing curtain brackets and light switchplates … isn’t it all a waste of time?  

We believe that if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Professionals spend most of their time doing prep work so that the job is completed smoothly, cleanly, and on time. Follow their lead and spend some extra time on the front end so that you don’t have to sponge off mistakes on the back end. Wash your walls ahead of time and make sure they’re free of debris before you paint. Use premium painter’s tape to avoid seepage. Finally, cover or remove anything you don’t want dripped on while you do the work.

2. Going cheap on the brushes.

There are so many kinds, and they’re all so expensive. You’ve already bought premium paint; why not save a little money on the brushes?

In reality, the quality of the brush matters. Painting professionals agree: The applicators matter just as much as the application. Better brushes and rollers mean better coverage, which can actually help you save money on paint. Not only that, but quality brushes will last longer as long as they’re cared for properly.

3. Skipping the Primer.  

If your paint is good, it should be good enough! Primer adds a step and costs more money. It’s a time-waster that just isn’t worth it.

Primer actually gives you a smoother finish while also covering other flaws on your painting surface. Don’t skip this vital step, especially if you’re painting on a less-than-perfect surface! If you’re concerned about time or money, pick up a two-in-one paint and primer.

4. Paying No Attention to the Type of Paint Needed for the Job.

Matte, Semi-gloss, Gloss … they’re just words. Surely they don’t make the difference interior designers say they do.

As you can probably guess, these labels do make a difference. For instance, you wouldn’t want to use flat paint in a high-traffic area. Soon, that lovely color would be smudged, scuffed, and scraped. It’s better to use washable satin or semi-gloss paint. There are other paint recommendations out there, depending on the look you want your room to have. Also, be sure to apply your paint the way the manufacturer suggests.  

5. Dunking the Brush with Every Dip.  

That’s right. Dunk it. The more brush on the paint, the better it will cover the walls! That makes sense, doesn’t it?

No. You don’t want or need globs of paint deep in your brush bristles. Dip your brush in just a third of the way. This will help you avoid wasting paint and making a huge mess.

Here are the Real Tips from the Real Painting Pros.

Now that we’ve covered what not to do, let’s cover a few of the extra tips and tricks that can help you paint like a pro.

  • Timing is important. Once the primer dries, you’ll want to add your top coat within 24 hours. That’s when the surface is the stickiest. But don’t rush ahead! If you don’t allow a first coat to dry completely before brushing on more paint, you can ruin a good paint job. When in doubt, check the instructions on the can of paint. Also, be sure to remove painter’s tape two or three hours after you’ve completed your final coat. If you leave tape on for too long, it can remove some fresh paint with it.
  • Are you left with an inch of paint at the bottom of the gallon? Although it’s tempting to simply pop the top on and put it on an upper shelf in your garage (where it will dry out), do this instead:  Put clear plastic wrap directly on the leftover paint, and then reseal the can. This will keep that leftover paint from drying out.
  • Put paintbrushes in a plastic sandwich bag when you take a break! If you wrap them up and pop them in the fridge, they won’t dry out overnight. You can even freeze them for longer storage. When your job is completely finished, take the time to clean your brushes thoroughly. They can last for years if you care for them correctly.

Count on SNL Painting Inc. for your Painting Needs.

If you’d like a partner in the painting process, you can always call SNL Painting Inc. We offer courteous, professional services and we love making a client’s home feel like new. Let us know if you have questions or if you need a quote!  

 

 

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