Painting tips everyone should know to keep their interior and exterior paint maintained, before any issues have time to become disasters.
When working in an Indoor Area
Allow 30 day for paint to cure (dry through), before placing furniture or other objects against walls, doors, and trim.
Repairing nail holes or hairline wall cracks
Apply patching paste or spackling compound with a flexible putty knife. For small areas you can use your finger, remember to wash afterwards.
Remove excess compound before it dries.
Allow compound to dry per label instructions, then lightly sand smooth using #220 grit sandpaper. Clean sanding dust with a damp rag and allow to dry before applying touch-up paint.
Repaired or Heavily soiled areas needing some touching-up
Clean the surface area, then sand to a smooth finish. When the area is clean and dry, apply a small amount of the original paint used during construction to affected area. If none is available, a sample can be closely matched at Americoat Paint office. If a considerable period of time as pasted, consider repainting the entire area for best results.
Damage to varnished surfaces
Although this problem rarely happens, Americoat Painting can offer staining and refinishing advice if necessary.
Dirt, fingerprints, scuff marks on walls, cabinets, and trim paint
Interior wall finishes are easily cleaned by washing with a cellulose sponge and water. A non-ammoniated liquid detergent may be added as needed. Wait until dry, about 30 days, till paint is fully cured before washing. Do not use cotton rags (like old shirts), abrasive scouring poweders or chemical cleaners – they can damage painted surfaces.
Difficult or unusual stains like grease, crayon, or lipstick will require special remoal methods to avoid damaging the finish.
Cracks visible around windows, door frames, and areas where wood and plasterboard surfaces meet
This type of cracking is usually due to movement between two different types of substrates, such as drywall and wood, and is easily corrected using acrylic or latex caulk. Place a uniform bead of caulk in cracked area. Apply with standard caulking gun and caulk trimmed at 1/4 inch angle. Smooth any excess with a damp sponge. Allow to dry per instructions before touching up with paint.
When working in an Outdoor Area
Exterior areas with not exposed to the daily bumps or moving in like interior paints, exterior paint is susceptible to harsher environmental conditions. If you have a sprinkler system in the yard, direct the heads so that water does not hit the side of your home; watering a newly painted home can cause mildew and algae growth, surfactant leaching, encourage paint failure, and cause damage to substrate (the materials used to build homes).
Dirt and minerals deposits visible on siding
Best method to remove dirt and mineral deposits left by the elements is by cleaning with a pressure washer or manual method. Pressure washing can be provided by Americoat Painting. A thorough cleaning with a garden hose and pressure nozzle may be an acceptable alternative to pressure washing. Check with Americoat Painting for advice.
Mildew growth occurs on many types of surfaces under certain climatic and structural conditions. It is especially troublesome in areas that experience high humidity. Recommended method to kill and remove mildew is to use a chemical solution (generally a bleach or tri-sodium phosphate solution) specifically formulated for mildew treatment. Paints can be formulated to inhibit mildew growth on the dry paint film, but under some conditions, mildew eventually can appear on any type of paint. Mildew if left on a surface continues to grow even if painted over. Eventually, the growth will break through the film of the new paint. Consult Americoat Paint for further recommendations on how to control mildew.
Cracking or separating appears in caulked areas
Normal movement between different substrates during settling will cause expansion and contraction, can lead to caulked areas eventually cracking or separating. Doors, windows, and adjoining surfaces are especially vulnerable and should be inspected periodically. Should it occur, simply repair or replace old caulking with acrylic latex caulk (or the type of caulk system recommended by your paint and window manufacturer), trimmed at 1/4 inch angle for a uniform bead. Smooth any excess with a damp sponge and allow to dry per instruction label before repainting.
To achieve the best touch-up results, use the same application tools and paint as used in the original application. Don’t apply paint too thickly. When touching up a small, visible section, apply a small amount of paint to cover the area or spot. Then rolling or brushing away form the area, feather the paint out by applying less and less pressure in all directions. This will blend the new paint with the old, keeping the area from standing out.
Overall, these are just a few painting tips everyone should know to keep their interior and exterior paint maintained, before any issues have time to become disasters. Contact Americoat for more painting tips or other recommendations for painting interior and exterior projects.