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


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In this episode of “Ask Danny,” Tracey Amadio offers her strategies and tricks for portray.

In Episode 3 of “Ask Danny,” portray specialist Tracey Amadio shares her tips and methods for getting the fantastic paint task. 

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 painting. She utilizes know-how from her property advancement vocation to educate Diy tasks, property style, and portray strategies on her web-site

Tracey’s enthusiasts have topped her the “The Queen of Portray Everything” because there’s almost nothing she won’t paint!

Her superpower of colour memory and extensive history of color development investigation is blended to discover the ideal paint colours for you.

Her mission is to take the soreness out of painting and decorating with her uncomplicated-to-understand tutorials.

Tracey was named a 2021 Far better Houses & Gardens Stylemaker and her perform has been showcased in HGTV, Better Households & Gardens, Superior Housekeeping, Region Living, Apartment Remedy and far more.

Open paint cans of white, blue and green on a wood background
Color pigments, additives, resins and carriers decide the price of paint. (annastories)

Paint Rates

Why is some paint much additional pricey than other makes and varieties?

Tracey: Value matters… to a issue.

Several house owners only concentrate on the paint colour and do not feel about what’s blended in with the coloration pigments. Resins, additives and carriers — like h2o and oil — are vital components that will make paint more high priced. 

Bigger-high quality pigments and resins will make the price tag go up, but you are going to have far better coverage. The middle cost point is the ideal possibility to select. 

Bear in mind: High-quality notion is dictated by the person who’s working with the paint. A expert may possibly want a thinner paint mainly because they’ll be using a sprayer, but a house owner normally desires a thicker paint because they’ll be masking a wall with another color or portray a piece of home furnishings. 

Investing a small excess on that much better paint is likely to give you an simpler software and fewer brush strokes. Also, the paint will dry to a improved, extra strong finish.

Hands holding up a sample of paint color swatches against a wall of paint swatches
Selecting a paint shade can be too much to handle. Discover an object to begin your color palette and function from there. (Feverpitched, Getty Illustrations or photos)

Buying a Coloration

Can you present some advice on how to decide on a paint coloration?

Tracey: When choosing a paint colour, start off with the shade you want to base your palette all-around. It could be a piece of material, a rug, a plate, everything that aids you hone on to the shade you want.

Take it to the retail store with you to select the right paint. Also base it on the total of light in the space, if it a darker much too opt for a  lighter paint colour and sop forth.

I have a absolutely free tutorial you can download. 6 quick steps to buying a paint coloration.

Also, consider the lighting in the area you are portray. If you have a darkish area, lighter paint, if you have a light space, you can go with a darker paint colour, a mid-worth paint is likely to be ideal for most folks.  

Just after you have an concept of what shade you want, invest in a foam board and paint it with samples so you can transfer it close to the home to see if it will perform for you. 

Get your time selecting ahead of you pick a coloration. See how the shade samples appear at various moments of the day. 

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

Deciding on Sheen

What are the various forms of sheen, and how really should you pick a person? 

Tracey: I employed to work at a paint desk, and I would often see the “deer in headlights” seem when I asked what sheen a person wanted. 

Sheen issues! It is basically additional important than coloration. 

There are 5 types of sheen: flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and substantial-gloss. To figure out what sheen you need, take into consideration the area or task you are painting.

If you’re portray a ceiling, you want a low-reflective paint to conceal any imperfections, specially where by the joints match up. A flat sheen is greatest for this. 

For partitions, you want a larger sheen, like eggshell. Cooking splatters and accidental spills occur, so you need to have a complete which is washable. 

When you scrub a flat paint, it burnishes it and can make it shiny. Flat paint is great for touchups but not for significant-site visitors spots where you need to have scrutability and longevity.

The greater the sheen, the more difficult the paint will be when it dries. I normally suggested satin, at minimum, or semi-gloss for trim and molding. These sheens are even now wipable but they’re additional sturdy, so they’ll stand up to scuffing and jarring. 

I never advocate a high-gloss paint. The far more reflective a paint is, the far more flaws it is heading to present. It’s also really hard to apply, so I would go away that to a expert.

Paint brush swiping deep blue paint over faded blue paint on a wood wall
Exterior and interior paint can not be interchanged. Often paint the outside of your dwelling with a paint rated for outside use. (Susie Hedberg, Getty Visuals)

Exterior Painting

What temperature is very best for portray a home’s exterior?

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

Paint has a good deal of h2o in it, so the additional drinking water in the air, the lengthier time it will consider the paint to dry. Enable your self a few sunny times, if feasible, for the paint to dry.

When portray your home’s exterior, only use paint which is rated for exterior use. Since exterior paint has to deal with temperature variations the moment it’s dry, it’s fortified with specific resins and pigments for specific durability. It can expand and contract to a diploma that interior paint simply cannot.

The most effective paint for exterior use is acrylic latex. I steer clear of oil paints for the exterior. Oil paint isn’t simple to clear, and if you’re applying a white oil paint, it will yellow over time since of the oil in it. 

Now, there is oil-enriched enamel paint that is h2o-dependent, so it is straightforward to clean up with cleaning soap and drinking water like acrylic latex. This paint has oil molecules suspended inside of it, and as it dries, all those molecules activate to act like oil paint. The finish result is a floor that’s challenging and strong with all the benefits and versatility of latex paint. 

Black and green plastic outdoor furniture around a fire pit
Refresh plastic outside furniture with a new coat of paint. (Jonathan Cooper/Pexels)

Portray Plastic

How do you paint plastic out of doors household furniture?

Tracey: I get a twin approach to painting plastic household furniture. Use a bonding primer spray first, then go over it with a frequent spraypaint. 

Paint droplets on a beige carpet
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Even Industry experts Make Blunders

Tracey: Even though I’m a paint specialist, I in some cases go on the net to see what other folks in the painting environment are executing. 

About a calendar year in the past, I decided to paint my stair risers, which have been stained and greatly polyurethaned. 

A person blogger advisable liquid sandpaper, and I imagined that could save me a stage. I taped off the risers, utilized the liquid sandpaper and then painted on best of that.

When the paint was nonetheless moist, I pulled the tape off at a 90-degree angle. A entire piece of film peeled ideal off the stair riser, and the full task was ruined! 

I figured out a hard lesson: Believe in my intestine and go with what will work. Use a deglosser, then use a bonding primer, then implement the paint.

My paint has stayed set and is vacuum-cleaner evidence as perfectly!

Power sander sanding a wood board
Sand absent any imperfections ahead of painting wood. (3 Echoes Written content Studio)

Tracey’s Recommendations

  • Never ignore correct floor preparing. If you do, the paint will arrive off. Get the surface area wonderful and clean and sand any failing places.
  • Use stain-blocking bonding primer if painting over a stain. If you do not, the stain will increase up to the surface and make colour inconsistencies.
  • Pay back awareness to the re-coat time. A lot of men and women feel dry time and recoat time are the exact. Usually, recoat time is for a longer time than dry time. If you really don’t wait around the appropriate sum of time encouraged by the producer, the paint will stick to itself and hardly ever thoroughly dry. You conclusion up with truly tacky, sticky paint that is practically unattainable to correct.  

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