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


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In this episode of “Ask Danny,” Tracey Amadio features her recommendations and tips for portray.

In Episode 3 of “Ask Danny,” painting specialist Tracey Amadio shares her recommendations and tips for obtaining the best paint career. 

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

About Tracey Amadio

Tracey Amadio is passionate about portray. She makes use of expertise from her household advancement career to educate Do-it-yourself projects, property structure, and portray tactics on her website

Tracey’s enthusiasts have crowned her the “The Queen of Painting Everything” mainly because there’s practically nothing she won’t paint!

Her superpower of color memory and extensive background of colour development assessment is combined to obtain the great paint colours for you.

Her mission is to just take the discomfort out of painting and decorating with her easy-to-have an understanding of tutorials.

Tracey was named a 2021 Much better Properties & Gardens Stylemaker and her perform has been showcased in HGTV, Far better Houses & Gardens, Very good Housekeeping, Country Living, Apartment Treatment and more.

Open paint cans of white, blue and green on a wood background
Shade pigments, additives, resins and carriers figure out the cost of paint. (annastories)

Paint Prices

Why is some paint much a lot more costly than other brands and styles?

Tracey: Price tag matters… to a position.

Several homeowners only focus on the paint coloration and really don’t believe about what’s blended in with the shade pigments. Resins, additives and carriers — like drinking water and oil — are important substances that will make paint more high-priced. 

Increased-high-quality pigments and resins will make the value go up, but you will have greater protection. The middle price issue is the very best option to opt for. 

Bear in mind: High-quality notion is dictated by the man or woman who’s employing the paint. A expert might want a thinner paint mainly because they’ll be employing a sprayer, but a home-owner generally would like a thicker paint since they’ll be masking a wall with a further colour or painting a piece of furnishings. 

Investing a small extra on that better paint is likely to give you an less difficult software and fewer brush strokes. Also, the paint will dry to a greater, much more durable complete.

Hands holding up a sample of paint color swatches against a wall of paint swatches
Picking a paint shade can be overwhelming. Come across an object to start off your colour palette and perform from there. (Feverpitched, Getty Photographs)

Selecting a Colour

Can you offer you some assistance on how to pick out a paint colour?

Tracey: When picking a paint colour, commence with the coloration you want to foundation your palette around. It could be a piece of cloth, a rug, a plate, something that helps you hone on to the shade you want.

Take it to the retailer with you to decide on the ideal paint. Also base it on the sum of mild in the space, if it a darker too opt for a  lighter paint colour and sop forth.

I have a free guide you can down load. 6 simple measures to picking a paint colour.

Also, look at the lighting in the space you’re portray. If you have a dark area, lighter paint, if you have a mild home, you can go with a darker paint colour, a mid-benefit paint is heading to be finest for most men and women.  

Immediately after you have an plan of what shade you want, purchase a foam board and paint it with samples so you can go it close to the space to see if it will do the job for you. 

Just take your time deciding right before you select a colour. See how the colour samples look at unique moments of the day. 

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

Choosing Sheen

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

Tracey: I used to perform at a paint desk, and I would usually see the “deer in headlights” appear when I asked what sheen a particular person desired. 

Sheen matters! It is essentially extra vital than shade. 

There are 5 sorts of sheen: flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and higher-gloss. To figure out what sheen you want, contemplate the area or job you’re painting.

If you are painting a ceiling, you want a reduced-reflective paint to conceal any imperfections, primarily where by the joints match up. A flat sheen is best for this. 

For walls, you want a larger sheen, like e
ggshell. Cooking splatters and accidental spills take place, so you have to have a end that is washer-friendly. 

When you scrub a flat paint, it burnishes it and can make it shiny. Flat paint is good for touchups but not for large-targeted traffic parts in which you need scrutability and toughness.

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

I never suggest a higher-gloss paint. The extra reflective a paint is, the extra flaws it is likely to display. It’s also really hard to implement, so I would go away that to a qualified.

Paint brush swiping deep blue paint over faded blue paint on a wood wall
Exterior and inside paint just cannot be interchanged. Constantly paint the outside the house of your property with a paint rated for outdoor use. (Susie Hedberg, Getty Illustrations or photos)

Exterior Portray

What temperature is most effective for portray a home’s exterior?

Tracey: Most of the time, exterior paint can’t be applied in temperatures below 55-50 degrees Fahrenheit. You want to paint outside when there is small humidity and the temperature is moderate — among 55-75 levels Fahrenheit. 

Paint has a great deal of drinking water in it, so the much more water in the air, the extended time it will choose the paint to dry. Allow for oneself 3 sunny times, if attainable, for the paint to dry.

When portray your home’s exterior, only use paint which is rated for exterior use. For the reason that exterior paint has to deal with temperature variations when it’s dry, it is fortified with unique resins and pigments for particular sturdiness. It can broaden and deal to a diploma that inside paint cannot.

The ideal paint for exterior use is acrylic latex. I steer obvious of oil paints for the exterior. Oil paint is not simple to cleanse, and if you’re working with 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 drinking water-based, so it’s easy to cleanse with cleaning soap and water like acrylic latex. This paint has oil molecules suspended in it, and as it dries, individuals molecules activate to act like oil paint. The stop end result is a floor which is challenging and long lasting with all the benefits and versatility 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 out of doors home furnishings?

Tracey: I consider a dual method to painting plastic furnishings. Apply a bonding primer spray 1st, then include it with a regular spraypaint. 

Paint droplets on a beige carpet
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Even Specialists Make Errors

Tracey: Even although I’m a paint specialist, I occasionally go on-line to see what other persons in the painting entire world are doing. 

About a year back, I made a decision to paint my stair risers, which were stained and greatly polyurethaned. 

One particular blogger suggested liquid sandpaper, and I assumed that could save me a action. I taped off the risers, utilized the liquid sandpaper and then painted on best of that.

When the paint was however moist, I pulled the tape off at a 90-degree angle. A complete piece of movie peeled appropriate off the stair riser, and the whole task was ruined! 

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

My paint has stayed put and is vacuum-cleaner proof as effectively!

Power sander sanding a wood board
Sand absent any imperfections just before portray wood. (3 Echoes Information Studio)

Tracey’s Suggestions

  • By no means disregard proper surface area preparation. If you do, the paint will arrive off. Get the surface area great and clean and sand any failing locations.
  • Use stain-blocking bonding primer if painting around a stain. If you really don’t, the stain will rise up to the surface area and produce colour inconsistencies.
  • Pay out focus to the re-coat time. A whole lot of folks think dry time and recoat time are the very same. Ordinarily, recoat time is more time than dry time. If you really do not wait the correct volume of time encouraged by the maker, the paint will stick to by itself and hardly ever totally dry. You conclusion up with seriously tacky, sticky paint that is practically not possible to correct.  

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