Optimize The Performance Of Your Paint

Whether you have glossy paint or chalky flat walls, repainting your walls can be very difficult if they are not prepared for that next coat of fresh paint. Be honest with yourself! Did you really sand the walls? Do you really expect to cover a dark blue color with a white in one coat of paint? Do you really think it's wise to paint over dirt?

Before painting, you must be realistic! Otherwise, you will be wasting your time, effort, and money.Prior to painting, your walls should be clean, dull, and dry! If you follow these rules, you will maximize your product's adhesion and therefore the general quality of your paint job. After all, you don't want to have to do this again, right?

3 Rules To Follow Before Repainting Your Walls

1). Clean: Before you do anything, including taping off your trim for cutting in, you should fully consider what has happened to your walls since you last painted them. Chances are your walls have been subject to oils, grease, grime, mildew, smoke, and at the very least, dust!

Any contaminate on the surface of your walls will cause your paint to improperly stick. Grease, oils, and markers will continue to bleed through your freshly-coated walls.

Mold and mildew will continue to grow through many types of paints, if not properly taken care of. Therefore, every wall that you want to freshen up must also be cleaned! To do so, use either a TSP-substitute, a general purpose cleaner, or a mold and mildew remover.

Anything that is tough on grime will generally work on your walls. Just make sure that you rinse off the chemical solution properly. Potentially, chemical residues may remain and cause further adhesion errors. Wipe down your walls after cleaning them with a wet damp rag.

2). Dull: Take a look at your wall. Does it have a reflection? Can you see a sheen? When you look down your wall at a 45 degree angle, does your wall appear to shine or reflect light? If so, you've got some work to do before you even pick up the brush!

Depending on the condition of the wall prior to painting, most surfaces these days tend to be painted with some kind of a sheen. Much like a protective wood coating, a paint sheen creates a smoother surface, making it hard for dirt to stick to the wall. The more sheen you have, the more washable your wall will be. Protection and durability are a great thing! However, old shiny paint can be a double-edge sword. Just as it will protect against dirt and grime, it will also block any new paint from properly adhering. Therefore, if your wall has a sheen it needs to be dulled!

To do this, you must sand with either a sanding sponge, sand paper, or a sanding pole. You may even be able to find a de-glosser solution that will chemically abrade the surface. Whatever is easiest for you will work, but you must try to sand every section! After sanding, wipe down your walls with a damp rag to collect excess dust that may have been loosened by your effort. Now, look at your walls. Is the sheen you noticed before muted? If so, congratulations! You're almost ready to paint! If not, it is strongly recommended to sand again.

3). Dry: Furthermore, it's very important to NOT paint over surfaces that are wet! Moisture can have a detrimental effect on your fresh coat. It can increase the paint drying time, which will cause the paint to never fully bite in and adhere to your walls. It will cause future peeling issues. This includes walls that have had occasional moisture issues. Basement and masonry walls that are not waterproofed will cause your paint to eventually peel. Similarly, plaster and drywall where moisture problems have occurred will continually give you peeling or inconsistent color nightmares!

You MUST fix these problems to ensure any future paint durability, whether it be a roof leak or a basement foundation crack. Water damage can be extensive. Left untreated will cost you more money in the long run. Make sure every surface is dry and free from potential moisture, before applying your new color.

Note On Primers

Primer sealers are a great tool to correct problems! They will seal in new drywall, cover stains, and help promote adhesion of your finish coat paint. This does not mean prep work should be put aside. Again, primers are meant to remedy problems but not to create future issues either! Use them to white-out those dark red or blue walls, after you've cleaned and sanded them. Prime patches, bare spots, and hard-to-clean stains. If you are concerned with your handy work after cleaning and sanding, use a primer to help create a more consistent surface.

Remember, your paint will only be as good as the surface you apply it to. A dirty, glossy, or wet surface will cause that expensive paint to fail! Remember to make sure all of your surfaces are clean, dull, and dry before you paint!

After you've finished your prep work, it is now time to purchase paint! Harmony Zero VOC Acrylic Latex will offer you a virtually odorless coating, while maintaining a beautiful eco-friendly finish with its 0 VOC formula. Duration Home Interior Latex will offer you a powerful finish, being one of the most washable products on the market, while maintaining a low odor and low VOC content.

Before you paint over that old glossy paint, be sure to remember these three golden steps: Clean, Dull, & Dry!

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