September 28, 2022

Rayjin Teppanyaki

Beauty in design

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

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

Split image of Danny Lipford and Tracey Amadio
In this episode of “Ask Danny,” Tracey Amadio offers her suggestions and tricks for painting.

In Episode 3 of “Ask Danny,” painting expert Tracey Amadio shares her suggestions and methods for finding the fantastic paint job. 

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

About Tracey Amadio

Tracey Amadio is passionate about portray. She utilizes know-how from her house advancement profession to educate Do-it-yourself tasks, property layout, and portray approaches on her site

Tracey’s admirers have topped her the “The Queen of Painting Everything” because there is nothing at all she won’t paint!

Her superpower of color memory and lengthy historical past of coloration trend analysis is put together to find the ideal paint shades for you.

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

Tracey was named a 2021 Superior Households & Gardens Stylemaker and her work has been highlighted in HGTV, Superior Households & Gardens, Superior Housekeeping, State Residing, Condominium Therapy and extra.

Open paint cans of white, blue and green on a wood background
Color pigments, additives, resins and carriers determine the value of paint. (annastories)

Paint Prices

Why is some paint significantly a lot more pricey than other manufacturers and sorts?

Tracey: Price tag matters… to a place.

Several householders only aim on the paint shade and do not assume about what is mixed in with the colour pigments. Resins, additives and carriers — like water and oil — are key substances that will make paint additional expensive. 

Bigger-excellent pigments and resins will make the price tag go up, but you will have improved protection. The center rate point is the most effective choice to select. 

Remember: High quality notion is dictated by the person who’s making use of the paint. A specialist may well want a thinner paint because they’ll be applying a sprayer, but a property owner commonly wishes a thicker paint due to the fact they’ll be masking a wall with another shade or portray a piece of home furnishings. 

Expending a minor extra on that far better paint is heading to give you an less complicated application and fewer brush strokes. Also, the paint will dry to a greater, extra durable end.

Hands holding up a sample of paint color swatches against a wall of paint swatches
Buying a paint coloration can be overpowering. Find an object to commence your shade palette and work from there. (Feverpitched, Getty Illustrations or photos)

Selecting a Shade

Can you present some steering on how to decide on a paint color?

Tracey: When selecting a paint coloration, get started with the coloration you want to foundation your palette around. It could be a piece of fabric, a rug, a plate, everything that can help you hone onto the shade you want.

Acquire it to the retail store with you to pick out the appropriate paint. Also base it on the volume of mild in the place, if it a darker much too pick a  lighter paint color and sop forth.

I have a free tutorial you can down load. 6 quick ways to picking a paint colour.

Also, consider the lighting in the space you’re portray. If you have a dim home, lighter paint, if you have a light room, you can go with a darker paint coloration, a mid-value paint is likely to be best for most folks.  

Soon after you have an strategy of what shade you want, obtain a foam board and paint it with samples so you can shift it about the place to see if it will work for you. 

Acquire your time determining ahead of you choose a color. See how the coloration samples look at distinctive instances of the working day. 

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

Selecting Sheen

What are the diverse varieties of sheen, and how should really you pick one? 

Tracey: I utilised to get the job done at a paint desk, and I would usually see the “deer in headlights” seem when I requested what sheen a human being desired. 

Sheen matters! It is truly much more crucial than color. 

There are 5 varieties of sheen: flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and superior-gloss. To identify what sheen you need, consider the place or task you’re painting.

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

For partitions, you want a higher sheen, like eggshell. Cooking splatters and accidental spills take place, so you need to have a complete that is washable. 

When you scrub a flat paint, it burnishes it and will make it shiny. Flat paint is great for touchups but not for significant-visitors spots the place you need to have scrutability and longevity.

The larger the sheen, the more challenging the paint will be when it dries. I generally encouraged satin, at least, or semi-gloss for trim and molding. These sheens are continue to wipable but they are far more strong, so they’ll stand up to scuffing and jarring. 

I do not recommend a substantial-gloss paint. The a lot more reflective a paint is, the a lot more flaws it’s going to display. It is also tricky to use, so I would go away that to a expert.

Paint brush swiping deep blue paint over faded blue paint on a wood wall
Exterior and interior 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 ideal for portray a home’s exterior?

Tracey: Most of the time, exterior paint can’t be utilized in temperatures underneath 55-50 levels Fahrenheit. You want to paint outdoors when there’s small humidity and the temperature is moderate — involving 55-75 levels Fahrenheit. 

Paint has a large amount of water in it, so the additional drinking water in the air, the lengthier time it will choose the paint to dry. Enable your self three sunny times, if attainable, for the paint to dry.

When painting your home’s exterior, only use paint that’s rated for exterior use. Simply because exterior paint has to deal with temperature variations as soon as it is dry, it is fortified with unique resins and pigments for unique sturdiness. It can increase and agreement to a diploma that inside paint can’t.

The finest paint for exterior use is acrylic latex. I steer crystal clear of oil paints for the exterior. Oil paint isn’t straightforward to clear, and if you’re using a white oil paint, it will yellow about time simply because of the oil in it. 

Now, there is oil-enriched enamel paint that is water-based, so it’s uncomplicated to cleanse with soap and h2o 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 conclude consequence is a area which is tough and durable with all the rewards and overall flexibility of latex paint. 

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

Portray Plastic

How do you paint plastic outdoor furnishings?

Tracey: I acquire a dual strategy to painting plastic furniture. Apply a bonding primer spray very first, then address it with a typical spraypaint. 

Paint droplets on a beige carpet
(travellinglight, Getty Images)

Even Professionals Make Mistakes

Tracey: Even nevertheless I’m a paint qualified, I occasionally go on the net to see what other people in the painting world are executing. 

About a yr in the past, I made the decision to paint my stair risers, which have been stained and closely polyurethaned. 

A single blogger encouraged liquid sandpaper, and I thought that could help you save me a phase. I taped off the risers, applied the liquid sandpaper and then painted on major of that.

When the paint was nonetheless moist, I pulled the tape off at a 90-diploma angle. A total piece of film peeled appropriate off the stair riser, and the complete occupation was ruined! 

I figured out a difficult lesson: Rely on my gut and go with what is effective. Use a deglosser, then use a bonding primer, then use the paint.

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

Power sander sanding a wood board
Sand away any imperfections before portray wooden. (3 Echoes Content material Studio)

Tracey’s Strategies

  • By no means ignore suitable area preparation. If you do, the paint will appear off. Get the surface nice and clear and sand any failing parts.
  • Use stain-blocking bonding primer if painting above a stain. If you really do not, the stain will rise up to the floor and create colour inconsistencies.
  • Pay out focus to the re-coat time. A great deal of people assume dry time and recoat time are the similar. Usually, recoat time is for a longer period than dry time. If you never hold out the appropriate amount of time advised by the company, the paint will adhere to itself and in no way entirely dry. You end up with seriously tacky, sticky paint that is just about not possible to resolve.  

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