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Painting Do's and Don'ts :
Do's :
  • Choose the right kind of tools and opt for high quality products. Have all your tools including brushes, ladders, rollers etc ready before starting the exercise.
    Use standard thinners and primers for painting. Maintain the mixing ratio constant.
    Keep the painting area well ventilated and free from dust and foreign particles. It not only helps to dry faster but also protects you from fumes and other hazards.
    Apply new coat only when the previous coat has satisfactorily dried up.
  • Use safety and protection items like masks, cap and goggles according to the activity undertaken. Use appropriate clothing and protect skin from paint and related solvents. In case of contact of skin with paint, wash it with warm water, but if paint still remains, remove it using a paint thinning solvent and apply a good body lotion on the exposed area.
    Keep children away from paints and solvents as oil-based paints are inflammable
    Try to paint maximum painting area that can be dried simultaneously, as it will prevent lap lines which may come if a single wall area is painted in phases.
    Keep brushes from drying by putting them in respective solvent until you are ready to clean them.
    • If possible mix different containers of the same paint type and shade into a larger box to provide a uniform colour and touch-ups for all areas painted with the shade of paint.
    • Follow manufacturer’s label directions.
    • Always remember to box your paints otherwise they may dry if left open.
    • Store paint properly and keep from excessive heat or cold exposure.
    Patch cracks, holes and imperfections well before starting to paint.
    Always use good quality paints for superior long lasting finish.
    Stir paint thoroughly before any applications. Paint is made up of a base and pigment, and it may separate. So use a stir stick to ensure you mix the paint well.
    Always clean the surface to be painted, scrape off loose paint/lime wash and sand the surface for a smooth finish.
    • Do calculate how much point you will need. Verify your calculation with paint calculator or an expert.
    • Prime the walls if going from one extreme colour to another. For instance, if the walls are tan and you want deep green, paint first with a primer tinted to match your intended top coat to ensure you'll end up with the true colour.
    When working with latex paint use brushes with synthetic bristles. For oil or alkyd based paints natural bristles is a better choice.
Don'ts :
  • Don't paint out of order, for interiors ideally start with the ceiling, then walls, doors and woodwork and finish with the floor.
    Never apply latex on an oil finish and vice versa without first sanding the walls. If using a primer, choose primer of the same composition (oil or latex) as that of the intended topcoat.
    Do not smoke or bring insidious items that can cause fire in the painting area.
    Never apply paint on poorly prepared surfaces because it may lead to undue problems and imperfect finish.
    • Don't paint over a damp surface with oil-based paints.
    • Don't sand woodwork across the grain.
    • Don't rush your painting exercise. Best results can be achieved with a little patience. Plan on making it a full-day affair and you won't get tired or frustrated.
    • Don't' change cans of paint in the middle of a wall area. This may bring a change in tone and shade.
    Don't' use gasoline to clean up brushes.
    Don't add thinner to the product unless directions call for it: If it is too thick, find out what can be done, or what the best solution is because paint thinner is not always the best solution, and could cause your paint to not work as well.
    Never dispose of paint irresponsibly. Check your area for local hazardous waste recycling centres.
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