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TIPS & TRICKS - PAINTING & STAINING TIPS FROM SHUR-LINE

Painting Tips From SHUR-LINE
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Top quality paints are more durable, resist fading, yellowing and staining
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Edging tools are great for trimming around doors, windows and baseboards
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A paint pad is faster than a brush and provides a smoother finish than a roller cover
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To avoid painter's remorse, pick up some sample-sized paints to try before investing in a gallon
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To avoid scuffs in a narrow hallway, try using Twist & Reach, a roller frame and extension pole in one
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Custom mix paints vary slightly from batch to batch, so it's best to buy enough paint at the start of your project
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For a dramatic look, try painting the ceiling three shades lighter than your wall color
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To update out-dated furniture, try a new coat of paint
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To keep paint from dripping all over your can, try using a paint pour spout
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Never paint out of a paint can
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Pour no more than ½ inch of paint into your paint tray
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The enemy of paint is air. Reduce paint exposure to air by immediately replacing the lid on the can
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To get the most from top quality interior paint, it should be applied with high quality brushes and rollers
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Prepare your surfaces properly. Before picking up a brush or roller, make sure your walls are clean
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Use a Wall Prep Sticky Roller to remove dirt, dust and debris from your wall surface
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Use a putty knife or multi tool to fill cracks, holes or surface imperfections before painting
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All room surfaces should be prepped—scrubbed, repaired, and smoothed—before they are painted
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Hate painter's tape? Eliminate tape with a SHUR-LINE Edger
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Looking for a "Green" solution for prepping walls? Stir 1 cup of vinegar into 1 gallon of water to clean walls
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Don't like the smell of paint? To every quart of interior latex paint, add four drops of vanilla extract
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A gallon of paint will cover about 300 square feet of wall area
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Always buy more paint than you need to allow for spills, waste, and spots that soak up more paint than expected
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If you are an amateur painter, paint trim work first, then tackle the walls
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To keep paint off doorknobs, cover them with plastic wrap
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Latex paint is versatile and easy to use; it dries quickly and cleans up with water
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Oil-based paint dries to a water tight, impervious film
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How do I know how much paint to buy? Visit My Project Assistant
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NAP stands for the length of the fibers on a roller cover. For drywall use a 3/8" NAP
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Choose a smooth roller cover (short NAP) for painting metal doors, finished wood or paneling
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Clean up is not the last thing you do; it's what you do throughout your paint project
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Custom-mixed colors vary slightly from batch to batch, so it's best to buy enough paint at one time
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Flat paint has the least amount of shine; it has a non-reflective, matte finish that hides surface imperfections
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Painting is the easiest and fastest way to change your space
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Use the Jumbo Roller to cover up to 80% more surface area
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For easy clean up, use the Easy Release frame. Just squeeze the lever to remove the roller cover
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Tired of your putty knives rusting? Try SHUR-LINE's new line with Teflon® coating
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For full coverage in corners try the SHUR-LINE Corner Painter
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For everything you need to paint a room, look for SHUR-LINE's Complete Room Kit
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Sanding is the key to flawless finishes
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To paint behind the toilet use a mini roller
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The choices you make at the beginning of the project will directly effect the results. Prep surfaces!
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To avoid painter's remorse, pick up some paint samples to try first
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Red paint requires a gray primer to achieve the truest hue
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Dark paint colors on a chip will look darker on a wall
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Properly preparing your walls is the most important step
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Flat paint is a good choice for walls with bumps or dents
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Use a satin paint for kid's rooms, hallways, and bathrooms
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Semi-gloss paint is a good choice for bathrooms, halls, and kids's rooms, as well as woodwork and cabinets
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Gloss paint is excellent for kitchens, bathrooms and all woodwork, including banisters, railings, and cabinets

 

Painting Tips From SHUR-LINE
Getting Started& Minor Repairs
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Staining the deck protects the wood from ultraviolet sun damage, moisture and mildew damage.
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Look for clear weather with NO rain in the forecast - 24 hours before and 24 hours after a stain project. This will help ensure the stain can absorb and dry properly.
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Replace or repair any damaged or rotting boards, including any boards that are warped, curved or rotting. Make sure railings are secure per code.
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Sanding may be necessary to smooth boards and remove splinters and wood filer can be used to repair any holes or blemishes.
Preparing Deck & Cleaning
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It is best to power wash the deck to remove debris, being sure to pay close attention to debris between deck boards. Keep the wand in continuous motion and use smooth, long strokes at a consistent distance from the deck surface. You may simply hose down the deck with a good spray nozzle however the end result may not be as thorough as power washing. This may leave your deck surface with some residual debris which can cause the stain to peel and wear sooner. If necessary stubborn areas can be scrubbed with a stiff bristle brush.
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Deck cleaners are also available and can help to increase the surface condition for better stain bonding.
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If desired, a chemical wood brightener can be used to open up the surface of the wood and restore the appearance of old, weathered wood.
Staining Tips
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Depending on you geographical location, it may be a good practice to allow 'new' pressure treated lumber to dry for up to a year. Warmer climates may only need a few months, while colder, wetter climates will be longer.
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Every product is slightly different so check the label first.
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Tape off any areas where stain is not desired, including the house siding, patio, beneath the deck, etc.
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Begin by staining trim work, including railings, spindles and tight spaces.
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For a smooth finish, use a stain pad. Roller covers are not recommended for stain application, and brushes are very time consuming and labor intensive. Attach the stain pad to a pole to comfortably stain while standing up.
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Start staining from the back of the deck to outer areas. Remember; don't stain yourself into a corner!
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Next, move on to large surface areas, making sure to stain with the direction of the boards while also staining in between them.
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A second coat may be necessary depending on the condition of the deck, the desired finish and color. Weathered decks tend to soak up much more stain than newer decks.
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Follow stain manufacturer's directions for any follow up care (Protective coatings may be needed depending on deck condition, environmental factors, etc.)
Maintenance
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A properly stained deck requires little maintenance. Remember to regularly sweep off leaves and debris since they trap moisture on the deck surface and routinely hose and sweep off pollen and dirt.
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