Looking to work with painter’s tape but not necessarily sure exactly what to do or how to use it effectively? Well look no further, we’re here to help you use your painter’s tape exactly the right way with some amazing tips and tricks. Some of these tips you will learn in this article you will know whether to use a certain tape for outside painting or a different tape for inside painting. Combining of painter’s tape and plastic is a great combination when doing something like covering a door with plastic to keep the paint off it. The paint is meant to be applied to the outside and inside wall and you most likely don’t want it to be the same color as the door.
Here are 10 basic tips to painter’s tape you can implement on your paint job. Stick tape to the top edges of baseboard and peel it off to protect any baseboards. For a good seal apply a spackle knife to your painter’s tape. If you’re feeling creative with your paint you can use the tape to create designs on your walls that will really catch the attention of your houseguests. Green painter’s tape is surprisingly effective at making sure paint doesn’t seep beneath it. Grab orange tape when you are trying to cover any rough surface and it will stick perfectly tackily. For your more sensitive areas it’s smart to use yellow tape and keep those surfaces from being damaged. Make sure to not leave your painter’s tape on your walls more than 2 hours after completing your paint job.
Taping and draping include both the tape and drape in one easy to use package. Use it for windows and doors to cover the whole surface when just the edges aren’t quite enough. Be sure your seal is tight for all surfaces to ensure your work afterwards is limited on fixing it and cleaning it up. Before applying your tape be sure that your surface is properly cleaned so the tape can stick. Before using painter’s tape make sure all surfaces of a home are well sealed before taping and then painting.
Besides taping here are some other tips for preparing the outside and inside of your house for your next paint job. When preparing your home be sure to wash the outside of your house first, scrape off loose paint, make necessary repairs, sand to create a smooth application surface, re-caulk if needed, apply painter’s tape for doors and windows as instructed above, place drop cloths to catch any splattered paint, and finally prime your paint.
If you want to paint the interior of your house the steps are similar to painting the outside of your home. Take objects that are smaller out a room to keep the paint off of them, next take larger objects completely outside of a room or put them in the center, remove light switch or outlet covers (allows for painting behind them easily), use that painter’s tape around windows and doors you recently became acquainted with, and finally lay down your drop cloths. Now you’re ready to start painting the inside of your home. Thank you to Tribble Painting for their article “10 Painter’s Tape Tips And Tricks to Help You Get the Best Paint Job”.
Have you ever wondered how a home gets that wild texture on their ceiling known as popcorn? It’s a special technique used to do so on a ceiling. Get your ceiling or walls to have this neat effect with some of our tips and procedures. Sit back and relax, because you’re about to learn and get to work on this technique or let us do it for you, it’s all up to you. Like any paint job a smart initial step is to remove the furniture or anything in a room you wouldn’t want to get paint on. Since your paint is likely being applied to your ceiling this is a necessary step because of how easily the paint or popcorn material may drip. After you remove the furniture it’s a swell idea to cover your floors with a drop cloth to save your floors and yourself from getting splashed on.
After your floor is protected it’s time to clean your ceilings with soap and warm water. Having a clean surface will allow a much easier adhesion of the texture ceiling spray. As with any other painting job you will want to protect other surfaces where you don’t want the texture spray getting on. Put the painter’s tape on the corner of your wall to protect it from being covered with popcorn material. For greater protection you might even hang a drop cloth from the tape. After your protected and your walls are it’s time to apply the ever-necessary primer. After a day’s waiting period it is time to apply your popcorn.
This is finally the time for putting on your popcorn ceiling. Popcorn ceiling is also called textured ceiling spray. Find this at your favorite hardware store or sold many places on the internet. Watch out for asbestos when buying on the product label or ask one of the knowledgeable staff for help. Combine your water and texture together to create the proper consistency. You’ll know when this has been achieved by following the directions provided with the texture. Now that you have the proper ratio it’s time to mix it with either a drill with a paddle. It should have approximately the same consistency of cottage cheese when you’re finished. Drills can easily be rented from any hardware store if you find yourself without one.
Getting the right consistency is imperative regarding applying it. Is your mixture too thin? It will cause the application to not sick properly and crack. Add water or mixture if it is too runny or too thick. Now that you have the proper mix it’s time to fill your spray gun. Test your spray on a surface you don’t mind making a mess off to make sure it looks how you intend it to. In addition, this will allow you to get some practice with streaming your sprayer. Grab your favorite trowel to get the finish of your popcorn ceiling to the corners of your ceiling. If you so desire, you can add a second coat after waiting 15 minutes for your first coat to dry. Thank you to Wiki How and their article “How to Popcorn Your Ceiling”.
One of the most difficult tasks when it comes to painting anything is the actual selection of the colors. This may seem like an obvious thing that anyone can do, but it can be more difficult than you may assume. With the assistance of the experts your color picking can be a lot simpler. Make your color selection a snap with Hurry Curry Paint. Choose your color by selecting it from what the largest design in the room is. Between neutral and bright colors, get it right by making it complementary to this structure in your room.
A good way of dividing the coloring or decorating a room you will want to work from light to dark in a vertical direction. A common theme for homes is to paint the lightest colors on the ceiling, darker colors on the walls, followed by the darkest color on the floor. All these colors will naturally be appealing to the eyes because of what we see outdoors. The ground is darker than the sky when we look out our windows. But where should you begin designing and decorating your home? Start with the areas that are considered the most formal areas. Base the color that you select for your dining room and others to determine the way you will decorate the rest of your home.
When selecting colors for different rooms getting different colors that match the setting and are good for the mind is a perfect place to start. Colors that are considered cool colors such as green or blue are best placed in informal areas like bedrooms because of their calming qualities. For your formal rooms you may want to pick brighter colors that have an alert feel to them. Your style for how you dress can compliment the look of your room. If you enjoy dark leather get a cool brown leather sofa to accent the other cool decorations around your home.
Another neat tip that most may not have considered is adding black to each room of their home. Black is a color that will be able to clarify and contrast the other colors in a room. Use the technique of lower darker colors to lighter colors, just as was suggested earlier. Gray is another color that most would think is likely drab and boring, but it isn’t so. The use of gray is trending in homes and styling for a good reason. Gray is able to compliment colors of warm or cool in any room.
Not sure what to do with your smaller spaces? Stay away from the thought of painting a whole room white to make it appear bigger, but also maybe like an insane asylum room. Give your smaller rooms a color that really pops and demands attention. In bedrooms you can contrast colors to get you waking up in the morning or be able to show off your designing abilities. Finally, you can try a monochromatic color for your bathroom like blue. Give yourself a color whatever it may be that is able to catch the eye but at the same time is not overwhelming. We would love to thank Judith Balis and her article “15 Designer Tricks for Picking a Perfect Color Palette”. Give it a look for other tips and tricks for designing your own home.
If you haven’t seen our first part of how to plaster your walls definitely check that out. Here are our next 5 tips to create an amazingly plastered wall. The next step after mixing your plaster initially is to stir your plaster continuously to thicken it. Don’t forget after your initial mixing to do this consistently to make sure you keep a good consistency akin to a delicious jar of peanut butter. Take your wooded stirring utensil and see if it will stand up in your plaster to be sure it is the right consistency.
Now that you’ve done the initial prep work it’s time to get applying your plaster. Your next step in the process is to start troweling out some plaster onto your wall. Your hawk board will be where your plaster gets placed.
After it is effectively in your hawk board grab your handy dandy trowel and a small amount of plaster. Get your plaster from the hawk board in the middle of your trowel. You should have enough plaster to spread it from the ceiling to the floor. Add additional plaster as it becomes necessary starting with a conservative amount and not a ridiculous glob.
Your next step is to start smearing the plaster on the wall, starting with the bottom portion. Using an arc motion to smooth the plaster as you begin to stand up and apply plaster to more of the wall. Make sure your trowel is sitting at a slight angle so that plaster isn’t coming off the wall unnecessarily. Get your thickness at about 3/8” on the initial coat.
Repeat the previous steps by taking care of the wall in sections and traveling from bottom to top throughout a room. A step ladder may be necessary in applying plaster to higher areas if you’re not a super tall bean stalk person or something.
After that you will then work on getting your plaster to a smooth and even consistency on every wall. Look for bumpy spots and for where the plaster may not be even to gently smooth over again. Get your perfect polishing like you are putting frosting on a cupcake and you don’t want it to look ugly. You may need to rewet sections to use the trowel on later. For an extra cool first layer for the second layer, think about using a notched trowel to get the plaster ready for the second coat. If you don’t have that you can even use a fork, as long as your mom won’t get mad.
Now you’re getting to the end of the process and putting on the second coat. You really made it this far. Be sure to give yourself a serious pat on the back champ. Your second coat only needs to be about 2mm covering the missing spots completely. Take a float to smooth this beautiful plaster out with. Take that float and work it all over the plaster to get a nice even keel consistency. Don’t mess this up, because you might regret the day you were even born, or you’ll just have a lot to do again.
Your final step is to…just wait. Now that you’ve done the really hard work relax and wait for your plaster to set or work on other plaster or paint that you need to work on in the meantime. Thank you for reading the next steps to plastering and we hope you have fun plastering your walls or let us take care of it for you. Thank you to Wiki How and their article titled “How to Plaster a Wall” for these amazing tips.
A very important part of painting any surface is making sure it is well prepared to receive paint. Part of that is plastering a wall and making sure it is smooth and ready for use. Most of the time it is most important to leave the plastering of a wall to the professionals but here is how it’s done if you’re so inclined. Here are the first 5 steps to getting your plastering done right.
The first step in your plastering process is to get your proper tools together and making sure your work area is prepared for the job. Make sure your plastering materials are as clean as possible before starting your job. That includes all your trowels and buckets or anything else you may be using for your plaster job. Old plaster needs to stay off utensils because it can compromise your whole operation by making the plaster not able to adhesively stay on walls. Cold water allows for a slower setting and hot water will allow your water to set more quickly.
Besides making sure your utensils are clean when starting the job, you will also want to keep plaster off surfaces that are not meant to have plaster on them. Drop cloths are a good idea to set out in order to stop plaster from getting on the ground where it needs not be. Plastering is a very messy business all and all and you want to protect from dust and splattering and footprints. Wood and laminate floors can be easily scratched or dirtied by plaster.
The third step in your plastering process is to cleanly remove any dust or debris that may be present and let it dry to allow your plaster to stick. Take a brush to get the initial buildup and extra plaster off a wall. Damp cloths can be used to remove any of the dust that may be left behind. Cracks in a wall need to be repaired first before plastered is applied. In additions walls need to be flat and flush before the plaster application. Get your fingers running over your walls to inspect them for any dust that may be left and then after cleaning use a spray of water your wall will be almost ready to receive its plaster. Don’t let your wall be really wet or bone dry, both will make plastering the wall difficult.
Your next step is to use a PVA glue so that your plaster will stick properly. A 4-part water to 1-part PVA glue will do the trick when mixed well. Get the plaster on the wall while it still has got some tack to it and don’t wait until it’s completely dry. If you do it will ruin the whole purpose of the glue.
Your fifth and final step until our next article is how you mix your beautiful plaster. Get a large bucket from 5-10 gallons filled halfway with cold water. Shake your mix of plaster on top of the water forming a type of mound. Stir it nice and well blending the water and the mix. Don’t do those two tasks the other way around or it will end miserably. For your bigger jobs an electric mixer is a good idea for a more efficient process, or you can stick to a smaller and manual way for smaller jobs. Check out the next article for more tips for plastering your walls or check out Wiki How “How to Plaster a Wall”.
Becoming a house painter can be a very bold aspiration and can be a rewarding job for the right individual. Here are some of the reasons for becoming a house painter and why you should or shouldn’t decide to take it on as a career choice. Painters are in high demand and because of high demand they are richly rewarded. Many trades are very difficult to get into and receive licensing for, that will make you realize how easy it can be to get a job started as a painter. States have their own regulations when it comes to what is required to become a professional painter. Look at your specific state’s qualifications for the position. It may be a simple license, or it could require a couple years of relevant experience.
You’re probably wondering besides the general requirements what kind of work a professional house painter may get into. The job has a lot more to do than simply binging able to move a paint brush up and down. Painters work on a variety of businesses, homes, and other structures to remodel paint, stain, or add ceiling textures. Be prepared to work outdoors and indoors and certainly dress accordingly for each job. Painters will not want to dress in their business suits when working on any job, unless they are trying out the new splattered paint style. Surface preparation including cleaning, sanding, and priming is necessary to get work fulfilled properly.
Never forget to wear the proper protective equipment for any job. Air needs to be filtered through a painter’s mask to keep one safe from polluting their lungs and cutting off oxygen to their brain. These are known as volatile organic compounds. The industry has been moving to become safer and safer and keep in compliance with new regulations. However, protect yourself with personal protective equipment and either way you will be much safer be able to do a better job. When using spray guns along with masking to protect eyes goggles are a necessary covering. Employers in general will require and request a GED and a driver’s license to go from place to place. Color blindness in this field can be a disadvantage, but don’t necessarily rule out the possibility.
Structure of employers of painters is a big point needed to be covered. Most businesses for painters are non-union positions and there are a lot of smaller companies and sole proprietorships in demand of painters. Being a union apprentice can however open a lot of possibilities for commercial work including condos, schools, and retail construction. Trade schools can be another avenue to get into painting but most of the time painters will get on-the-job training experience. Lots of companies have their apprentices working independently after 6 months of training and then leading their own teams within a year.
Now we get to what everyone has been waiting for and that’s pay. Median wage looks to be approximately 40K per year or $19.37/hour. New painters can expect to make anywhere between $11 and $15/hour. Rookie can quickly be discouraged by the high intensity and seemingly low pay. Those who stick it out can be rewarded, especially when running their own business or team of painters and their wages increase. With the increasing need for painter’s high demand will easily drive up wages. Check out “How to Become a House Painter” by Craig Ferguson where you can learn more about how to become a house painter yourself.
We figure it wasn’t enough to have just 1 article about the amazing aspects of floor epoxy so we’d love to share with you a little more on this amazing process. After getting your primer and epoxy applied the next step is generally an epoxy topcoat and we’d love to talk to you about that. Epoxies are fantastic by themselves but for the longest lasting and toughest epoxies we almost always recommend a topcoat. These topcoats have a much harder chemical makeup than the epoxy beneath them that protects your valuable epoxy. Get both UV radiation and durability with these topcoats. Steer clear of the assumption you can just add a clear epoxy over your first epoxy. Topcoats are unique in what they achieve and are totally necessary for finishing your epoxy job. Protect your floors from your cars tires with this high rated topcoat.
When picking an epoxy pay special attention to their ratings and the specifics. No two epoxies are usually the same, unless they’re the same of course. With epoxy the companies do something called an abrasion test that they give a corresponding rating to. The test corresponds to real life use and the wear that is produced from spinning tires on it. The lower the mg rating the stronger the floor epoxy is. For a general rule of thumb look for 20mgs or less for a garage setup and for the maximum level of protection shoot for an epoxy under a 5mg rating. Consider the monumental increases in life for an epoxy as the rating gets lower. For your topcoats always be aware of this rating. Another rating involved with epoxy is the psi adhesion rating. This is the simplest rating to accommodate for and shows how well an epoxy can stick to concrete. Finally, you’re going to want to get an epoxy with a high impact floor rating to protect against drops of all kinds of things in your garage or business.
Aside from what matters there is a lot of fluff in relation to epoxy. Marketing and advertising hype can easily divert someone from their task and can be just a way for one product to get you to buy over another one. Things like tensile strength are not monikers most home applicators need to pay attention to. Most weight that is going on your floor where this comes into play is not going to crush your floor beneath. There are special circumstances with military equipment where this may come into play but is not necessary for 99% of consumers. Pay close attention to thickness, pot life, and hardness in your selection.
Avoid epoxy that claims to have the cheapest cost per mils. Cheap epoxy will always remain cheap epoxy and will not save you money the more you have. The various guarantees can’t prevent yellowing or aging of your floor. The lifetime warranties have to do with the epoxy sticking and do have anything to do with how the quality of the epoxy will hold up. For more on our epoxy application give us a call! We would like to thank Armor Garage again for all the great information on epoxies, how they work, and the most important things to look out for.
There a lot of does and don’ts when it comes to getting the perfect epoxy floor coating. We’re breaking down the facts and the fiction with the popular floor covering for your home, garage, or business. These floor coverings are made up of a hardening agent as well as a resin for the color. Make sure to do your epoxy floor covering correctly the first time so you won’t need to do it over again. Epoxy floor paint is a specific classification that most people are not extremely familiar with like they are with normal everyday paint. A popular look these days is to have epoxy with color flakes you can see in any cool auto garage.
Our first stop is the garage where epoxies are a well-known staple. Aliphatic 100% solid epoxy are the kind we firmly recommend for getting the longest lasting and best look. The closer to 100% you get for any epoxy the more that will stay behind and the less that will evaporate. Primers and topcoats vary from this rule and can have less of a percentage to serve their proper and desired function. Don’t stress about this too much. The right epoxy applier will know what the best epoxy is for your floor. Stay away from the cost cutting epoxies like Cycloaliphatic that will save you money but will also get worn down and yellow more easily.
When working with color flakes it’s best to have a thicker epoxy that will work will in smaller areas that are not recommended for most commercial application. Get some of the armor granite or military epoxies that are viscous and thick. Making sure the floor is adequately prepared before applying epoxy is a very important first step. You don’t want to just throw epoxy on a grimy floor. That ends with serious regret and garbage stuck in your floor it’s practically impossible to get out. Besides cleaning you will want to use a primer, just likely any paint job to prepare the floor’s surface for the epoxy to sit on top of it. Be wary of any epoxy that claims to be able to be a primer, topcoat, and epoxy all in one. This is simply marketing and advertising hype. They are made to be correctly be applied separately and in order.
Priming a floor can make up for years of wear and tear that may have been done to a garage floor. Freshen these age lines on your garage floor from salt or basic wear with a primer. In addition to healing your floor primer will extend the distance and life of your epoxy by not allowing for as much absorption of the epoxy into the floor. Consult us before your epoxy job to come up with a game plan for the right application.
Pay special attention to the pot life of your epoxy. This is how long any epoxy takes to dry. Usually measured at the time for it to dry at 70 degrees, you’ll want to stick to a pot life of an hour to make sure you have a quality epoxy. Swing by Armor Garage to see all kinds of floor epoxy that we work with.
We all know what a standard paint job looks like, but sometimes your walls could use a little more pizazz. Here are 10 techniques that will spice up your walls and give your entire room a whole new pop to it. Spending all the time on furniture can have you neglecting the importance and necessity of stylish walls. Get your Picasso on with these amazing paint tips.
Something that is new, and all the rage is geometric shapes on your walls. Use painter’s tape for example to create amazing shapes and styles apart from simply protecting areas you don’t want to get painted. Make sweet triangle, square, hexagon, or whatever your mind can conjure up. You’re only as limited as your own creativity.
The next unique technique is called color washing. With this you can add an amazing texture that sets your living room apart from everyone else. By using 2 dissimilar colors you can effectively make this by layering the 2. A very inexpensive and simple technique to apply. You’ll really love how it looks.
Our next artsy tip is called rag rolling. Produce a soft texture effect with any rag you can find. Roll the rag up and down your walls to achieve this desired effect. Give the allusion of spaciousness to smaller rooms, such as the bathroom.
The 5th show stopping wall paint idea is metallic blocks. Get the whole neighborhood shocked at your ability to paint at the height of Rembrandt. Achieve walls that shimmer and shine in contrast with the layer of the wall that is opaquer for a sweet texture you won’t get anywhere else. Or you may want to make your whole wall metallic and shiny.
The 6th style on our amazing showdown is known as Strie. This is the French word for streaking. So, in addition to learning some cool painting ideas, we’ll also give you a free lesson in foreign languages. The look will be very similar to linen material. Paint your walls horizontally or vertically for this exotic look.
Have a sponge lying around? Ok, you want to use the one from the kitchen sink. Grab a unique sponge from any hardware store and start going to work. The sponge when applying paint gives any wall a diverse and breathtaking texture. Don’t be afraid of trying this because it’s very difficult to get wrong.
Looking to save money on expensive artsy wallpapers? Wall stenciling may be just the right solution for you. Draw your viewers in to your home with beauty and sophistication without having to break the bank. Use a stencil in conjunction with a spray paint and get just the color to contrast the wall behind it.
The second to last technique on our list is simply called striping. As the name implies it’s creating vertical, horizontal, or angled stripes of contrasting color that create a timeless look that goes well in any room. Along with their never aging, stripes can really liven up a room.
The final tip on our list is Harlequin. With this technique you can feel really fancy without having to have a super expensive chandelier. Master bedrooms or kitchen are the perfect setting for this diamond pattern wall. Use colors that are relatively similar or ones with a sharp contrast for your desired look. We would like to thank Smart Bricks and their article “12 Amazing Wall Painting Techniques That Can Style Up Your Walls”. Check out their article for a few bonus tips that we left off.
Thank you for taking the time to read some of our next tips in painting your walls like a pro. It’s time to get to the final steps from our last article. We hope you weren’t on too much of a cliff hanger there. Continuing from our tip number 5 from our last article to prep your walls and room. If you haven’t read the last article be sure to check that out first. Get your painter’s tape in hand to seal your drop cloth to the floor and over other surfaces using a putty knife to create a proper seal. Some people are artists and have an extremely steady hand. Most people will benefit from taping and avoiding inevitable mistakes. Take off outlet covers to paint around and behind them rather than spending time to tape around them.
Don’t keep your paint stagnant but rather stir it often to keep the color consistent. With multiple cans of paint be sure to mix them all together in a larger container. By doing this it will keep all the colors consistent.
Make sure you’ve planned your strategy now that your paint is mixed and ready to go. A common practice is to paint from the top of the walls from the ceiling and downward. If you are painting walls a different color paint the lightest wall shades first and then the more pronounced colored walls afterwards. Don’t let the idea of getting lighter paint on your focal wall give you too much concern as the darker paint will easily cover it up. Following the painting of your lighter wall use tape to tape of the corners of the darker wall that can easily seep into the lighter wall otherwise. Dark walls that are transitioning to lighter require 3 coats of paint including a primer and two coats of color. Take care of one wall at each time, not overwhelming yourself with multiple walls. For paint rulers incorporate a W pattern with the roller to effectively cover the wall. When the wall has become dry to the touch it’s time to implement the second coat. When painting trim make sure the wall is painted first then transition the tape to the wall starting with door trim and ceiling and move down to the baseboards.
Our eighth tip to your professional painting project is to make sure your room is well ventilated. Keep yourself from getting light head from all the paint fumes by using fans and opening windows for proper air flow. Keep the temperature of the room warm and air dry with a fan to get walls dried faster. Next it is time to clean up, clean up, everybody do their share. Pick up the painter’s tape and your drop cloths that go along with it. Oil based paints will require mineral cleaners to clean and water or latex based paints you will only need soap and water. Roller covers it’s best just to get new ones and you can dispose of those, don’t be cheap.
Your final word of help is to section off enough time to complete your project. Don’t assume that you can just complete the project with a snap of a finger. Take into consideration your skill level and the size of the entire project you plan to complete. Spaces can take several hours but some may be extensive and require a few days. Take all these steps into account when budgeting your time. We’d like to thank Lindsey Mather for her article “How to Paint a Room: 10 Steps to Painting Walls Like a DIY Pro”.