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Commonly Asked Paint Questions Answered

Commonly Asked Paint Questions Answered

Painting can be a deceiving thing, because while it may initially appear to be one of the simplest DIY home improvement tasks you can do, there are many things that can go wrong quickly. Uneven results, peeling patches, and other issues can cause more frustration than most people expect. At My Painter, we know paint like nobody else. Because we have such a comprehensive understanding of the entire painting process, we are ready to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on the subject.

1. Will oil-based paint go over latex paint?

This is indeed possible, but to get the best results, the wall surface must be thoroughly cleaned of any debris or dirt residue, and any glossy finish needs to be eliminated as well.

2. What quantity of paint will my job require?

The answer to this is dependent on the type and size of the project. While nobody wants to have excess cans of unneeded paint after a job, it is also important not to cut corners on the number of coats used. A good rule of thumb is to plan for roughly a gallon of paint per every 400 square feet.

3. Is a latex or oil-based primer a better choice?

When working with a drywall surface, a latex primer is ideal, while oil-based options are great for metallic surfaces as well as wood trim pieces. Product labeling will provide additional information about the proper applications for each primer type.

4. What are paint warranties?

Certain paint manufacturers do indeed offer warranties. These are maker-specific, so it is important to verify the terms of each. Details can be provided by the manufacturer directly or on product packaging.

5. How should a mildew-affected surface be handled?

The first step is to eliminate the mildew itself with a solution of bleach and water. The mixture can be allowed to sit for a short period before a rinse with a damp rag. Once the surface is fully dry, the painting can start.

6. What is the best painting prep method?

The answer will depend on the sort of painting that is to be done. It is best to clean the entire surface and allow it to dry. Glossy texture needs to be eliminated so that the paint will stick the way it should. Smoother surfaces tend to be more amenable to paint absorption than rough ones.​

To get the finest professional paint job around, contact My Painter today. Our team of professionals has the know-how and experience to get your job done right. We look forward to hearing from you!

By My Painter 12-15-2020