It doesn't matter if you are painting the interior of your house or
the exterior; you probably have heard all sorts of different myths, many
of which are outlandish and downright foolish. However, according to the
paint experts, there are other suggestions and tips that have been passed
down through the years that offer you the correct practices and the techniques
that you should try and avoid. Have you ever heard that you should only
paint when it is cool outside? Read to learn the best practices from the
The biggest myth is:
You should only paint when it's cool outside
If this proved true, you wouldn't get any painting done in Arizona.
The Painting Contractor experts state," it really does not matter
what temperature it is when you paint." Moisture has more of an impact
on your paint than temperature, and that's not something you have
to worry about. There is water in water-based paints. So naturally, when
the paint is added to a surface it cools it.
The time has come to save some money and to go about cleaning and maintaining
the biggest investment you have, the exterior of your home. All through
the year the dirt accumulates on the stucco of your home from storms and
rain. This needs to be removed to help your home look better and the paint
to last longer.
- A good pressure washing of the home is a fast economical way to add years
to your paint.
- You may even want to add a clear coat finish over the existing paint to
help add even more years to the appearance of your home.
- Be sure to also cut back any landscaping that is touching the home as this
will cause excessive wear to the paint. As the limbs and bushes rub against
the paint it allows water to stay in contact with the walls and this causes
the paint to break down at a faster rate in those areas.
- If you have wood Facia boards and trim it is good to have those freshened
up also as it is far less expensive to maintain your trim with a new coat
of paint than to have to do all the prep work of scraping, priming and
then paint. Remember an "ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
Some other common misconceptions that a consumer may have about painting are:
- Painting a ceiling makes the room smaller
You probably have heard painting the ceiling a color makes it look smaller.
After all, almost all rooms have a white colored ceiling. It really just
depends on what color you are using. Using a lighter blue can actually
make it feel more open. After all, the sky is a light blue and you probably
don't feel like it is small.
- Dark paint makes the room smaller
Someone obviously didn't like dark paint in their house and decided
to make up all these myths. If you paint the room black and have all black
furniture and dark flooring, then yes, it is going to look smaller. However,
using a darker, bold color along with lighter furniture and a lighter
color floor doesn't make the room smaller at all. It just adds a statement
and personality, which is good.
- Paint your walls white when selling the house
The real-estate professional do not recommend repainting every wall white.
It can make the environment of your home appear to be uninviting. When
you moved into the house, did you want to paint every room? Of course
not! Instead, if you want to upgrade the house for yourself and to possibly
sell later, use a neutral, modern tone with fresh accents. This sells
far better and looks great too.