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Paint Cans
Exterior/Interior Paints
Paint Removal/Cleanup

Paint Cans

Sealing a Lid

How do you minimize the evaporation of paint or varnish that's kept in a store-bought can? With the lid on securely, turn the can upside down for just a second or two, then return the can right side-up. This coats the entire inside top surface of the can with a thin film, therefore, helping to seal the lid.

Another idea

After your next paint job, wipe the paint can's lip, and lid clean. Close the lid tightly and store the can upside down. This old painter's trick keeps the air from entering the can and prevents a surface skin from forming on the paint.

Shelf life

Many stains, paints, and clear finishes have a limited shelf life. It's a good idea to label a half-empty can with the current date. Next time you need to use the finish, you will have a written record of how long it's been sitting on the shelf.

Paint can trick

To keep paint from drying into the top lip of can, get a nail & hammer and put holes around the indented lip of the can. When you are using the paint, brush off the excess on the side of the can and it will flow back into the can. Try it, it is a great help.

Thanks to Jerry Schulman.

Exterior/Interior Paints

Use the right Paint

Interior and exterior paints are specifically manufactured for each purpose. Exterior paints are generally adequate for interior use, although the reverse is not necessarily, true. Do not use acrylic paint over enamel or varnish; it will not adhere.

Preparation Tips

Use washable paints in kitchens and baths especially.
Before painting:
  • Clean surface, remove mildew with bleach.
  • Repair minor cracks with spackling compound.
  • Reset nail pops in drywall, then spackle and sand smooth.
  • Let surface dry thoroughly.
  • Sand woodwork, enameled or varnished surfaces.
  • Follow paint manufacturer's directions.

Instead of masking windows

Instead of using masking tape on windows, or worse yet, painting them and then using a razor blade to remove the paint on the glass, try this:
  • Cut newspaper into strips to fit the panes.
  • Dip them into water to get them wet.
  • Stick them to the glass,(because they are wet they will stick)
  • After painting just peal them off, they come off with no fuss and no residue.

Paint Removal/Cleanup

Latex Paint Removal

In regards to latex paint removal, menthol hydrate or gas line antifreeze work very well.

Oil-Base Paint Removal

For removal of dried oil base paints, you can use laquer thinner, but be careful, it can be harmful to some surfaces. As always, try it in a hidden area first.

Thanks to Ron Baert a painter of 20 years experience.....

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Parts Of A Paintbrush

A brushes quality is dependent on its construction, the care it recieves and materials it's made of.
A brush is divided into the following sections: the handle, the ferrule, the setting and the stock.
Handles: Normally made of a hardwood.
Ferrule: The link between the handle and the stock. Normally made of steel, nickel, tin or rubber.
Bristle: The best bristles come from Russia and China hogs. The flag holds the paint ( or other medium) into the brush until using and ensures an even delivery of the paint.
A Russian bristle is more durable. The Chinese bristle is more pliable, and therefore easier to break-in.

You should think which particular type of brush, should be used in each particular situation. There are also two kinds of soft hair brushes: soft hair and horse hair. They have different textures, and specific applications. So read the package labels carefully, or ask for assistance.

Setting: The stock of the brush is normally set in cement, wire winding or rubber, depending on the medium the brush is intended for.

Caring For Your Brushes

How to care for your brushes?

Storing paint brushes

When my husband gets done painting for the day, and still has more to do the next day, or later that day, or even several days later with the same brush and roller, he wraps the brush, and the roller with the handle still attached, in a well sealed plastic bag and places them in the refrigerator--making them instantly ready to use the next time he is able to paint.....the lazy man's way....

Thanks to Gwen Lambert.

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