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How To Store Paint

How To Store Paint

After you’ve finished your painting project, it’s important to properly store any leftover paint. This process isn’t as simple as hammering the lid back on the can and setting it on your basement floor. You need to take the proper steps to ensure the paint is safely stored. It is also important to store the paint properly for cosmetic reasons—if a wall needs a touch-up, it’s more cost-effective to reuse paint than buy a new can.

Tips For Storing Paint

  • Avoid extreme temperatures: Paint is meant to be stored at room temperature—about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. When paint is stored in very hot or very cold conditions, the paint can change and become unusable. The storage temperature is also a safety consideration; oil-based paints could catch on fire in excessive heat.
  • Low-moisture location: Too much moisture in a storage location can chemically alter the paint, making it unusable. These first two tips are designed to keep the paint as similar as possible to when it was first mixed.
  • Store on a shelf: In particular, you want to avoid storing paint on a concrete floor. Moisture from the concrete will rise and rust the can; this rust can get into the paint and ruin the batch. Basement floors are probably the most-popular place to store paint cans, but they are not effective solutions.
  • Put the can upside down: Keeping air out of the can is the name of the game. When you store paint cans upside down, the paint helps create an airtight seal against the lid. It is important to keep air out of the can to keep the consistency of the paint the same.
  • Consider using smaller, canning jars: In an effort to keep as much air away from the paint, you can transfer paint into canning jars that have just enough room for the paint. Make sure to ask for extra labels when you buy the paint so you can label these jars appropriately.
  • Clean paint residue from can: If you clean your brush on the rim of the can while painting, you’ll want to clean this up before putting the lid back on the can. Paint residue means you’ll have a less-secure closure; more air could get in the can. Having a clean lid also allows for easier reopening of the can.
  • Don’t use a hammer: When you put the lid back on the paint can, don’t use a hammer! A hammer will damage the lid and make the paint more susceptible to damage. If you have a rubber mallet, use it instead to close the can. If you don’t have a rubber mallet, you can get away with using a hammer—but only if you put a block of wood on the lid and hammer the wood.

By following these steps, you’ll get the most out of your paint and stay safe from any disasters. Prim Painting is a local painting company serving the Columbus, Ohio area. Please contact us for a free quote.

Common Mistakes When Choosing Paint Colors

Common Mistakes When Choosing Paint Colors

Are you starting to get tired of the paint on your walls? Then it might be time to re-paint them. At Prim Painting, we believe in educating our customers before diving into a project. Here are some common mistakes people make when starting a painting project. Make sure to avoid them!

  • Choosing a color based on a paint swatch: Test the color on the wall before committing to it. A paint swatch is a great representation of what the color will look like—but that’s all it is: a representation. How it looks on your wall might sway your opinion. If you don’t want to test the paint on the wall, you can paint a poster board and hold it up to the wall, but this isn’t as accurate an indicator.
  • Painting the room with no other décor in mind: Unless your room will consist only of painted walls, you need to take the furniture and knick-knacks into consideration. Fabrics and furniture can change how a color looks on the wall. In many cases, it’s better to choose the furnishing first and pick a paint color suitable for your choices.
  • Thinking all colors are created equal: Do you want to paint the walls gray? Well, do you mean steely gray? Or lazy gray? What about gray screen? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of shades of colors. Test, test and test some more to ensure you get the color you want!
  • Choosing colors that exactly match your favorite objects: If you want your favorite items to stand out in the room, choose a slightly different color for the walls, ideally a color that is softer. By doing this, you’ll let your decorations “pop!”
  • Selecting a neutral color because it’s “safe:” The truth is, even neutral colors have a ton of shades. While neutral tones may be “safer” than bold colors, they can still disappoint you if you don’t pick the right shade. We can’t emphasize enough the need to test your colors.
  • Going overboard with your favorite color: Do you really like the green you chose for your living room? That’s awesome, but be careful. Too much of one color can be overwhelming. Always balance with neutral colors.
  • Not considering the lighting: The lighting in a room can alter how paint looks. What was once deep red can suddenly look much more lively. Again, test the colors!
  • Not thinking how you want the room to feel: Think about a bedroom. Do you want it to be relaxing? If so, don’t choose a bright orange or hot pink color. Colors convey feelings. For a relaxing room, consider a light blue or green.

By taking these tips into consideration, you minimize your chances of being disappointed in your paint color. Prim Painting is a Columbus, Ohio locally-owned-and-operated painting company. We’re highly-reviewed and always work to satisfy and educate our customers. For more information, contact us for a free consultation!

How Can I Prepare My Home For Painters?

How Can I Prepare My Home For Painters?

Made the decision to paint your house this summer? Great! Home painting, whether interior or exterior, is an excellent way to increase the value of your home and freshen up its look. So, how can you make the process as easy as possible for the painters? Take a look at our list of tips to make the job simple for us.

Indoor Painting Preparation

  • Make a list of rooms you want painted: Have a plan before hiring a painting company. This will allow to budget in advance, as well as plan for those rooms not being available for typical use during painting. If you’re painting bedrooms, expect to sleep somewhere else for at least a day while the room ventilates.
  • Move furniture: For optimal painting conditions, there should be at least 6 feet of space between interior walls and furniture; the furniture should be moved to the center of the room. If you can’t get this much space, don’t worry! We can operate in smaller areas.
  • Empty closets or storage areas: This only applies if you’ll be having one of these rooms painted. In general, you want to make any room to be painted as easy as possible to work in for the painters.
  • Unplug electronics if practical: This goes along with moving furniture. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for the painting team to complete the job. However, if it is not practical to unplug electronics, we can work around them.

 Outdoor Painting Preparation

  • Trim trees and shrubs: Trees and shrubs are the furniture of your home’s exterior. Make sure they are cleared out of the way as much as possible. You don’t need to get too aggressive with trimming and ruin your landscape; just make sure we have room to work.  Two feet or more is ideal space between plants and any surface that needs painted.
  • Put away outdoor decorations and equipment: Give the painting team maximum space to operate. Flag poles, yard decorations and tools should be stored during the painting project. Putting decorations away is especially important if the painting job will require ladders; we have to place ladders in optimal spaces.
  • Disable automatic sprinkler systems: We can’t paint the house if it’s wet. Paint won’t look good if it gets wet before drying. And we certainly can’t paint effectively if we’re soaked from a surprise sprinkler system! This is one of the most critical steps for a successful home exterior painting project.

Interested in getting a free quote for your home painting project? Contact Prim Painting, a local Columbus, Ohio painting company, today!

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