Painting Instructions

Tips on Home painting.

House Painting

Choosing a Brush

Don't buy a cheap brush;
they shed bristles, hard to
controls, won't cut a clean
line and have a tendency
to drip paint between the
paint can and the work

Stroke the brush against the
back of your hand, and feel
for a softness which will
indicate a supple, extensively
flagged tips (split ends)
which help smooth brush

Check that the hair or filament
are packed solid and when
filled with paint will dispense
the pant to the flagged tips,
as you paint.

The more paint the brush can
safely hold, the less trips to
the paint can.

Some better brushes have
care instructions on the
back of the brush.

Before using a new paint
brush, wash it in water as
this will remove any loose

Once a brush falters, keep
it for using as a duster

Before replacing light
receptacle plates, mark
on the back, the date,
paint color and brand of

Loading A Brush

Dip the paint brush to 1/3
of the bristle length for water
based paint and 1/4 bristle
length for solvent based paint.
Lightly scrape off both sides
onto the rim of the paint can.
Having the correct amount
of paint on the brush helps
prevent drips and runs.

Preventing Roller
And Brush Marks

To prevent roller and brush
marks, lay off with the
unloaded paint brush or
roller.Finish up using very
light pressure stokes and
use only the tip of the brush.

Painting In Sunlight Tips

When painting in sunlight
don't use ordinary masking

Use special masking tape
used to paint cars; it will
stand up better and be
easier to remove.

Paint Viscosity Tip

To check paint viscosity,
dip a mixing stick into the
paint, lift it out, and let
most of the paint run off.
The remaining paint
should drip off at 1 drip
per second.
This is the right viscosity
or best handling.

Paint Can Tips

Before storing partly used
paint, mark the level of
the paint on the outside
of the can with a felt
marker pen so you will
know for next time, how
much paint you have.

When you remove the lid
from a metal paint can,
take a screw driver and
hammer and make three
or four holes in the rim of
the paint can lid-groove.

Now any paint gathering
on the rim of the can will
drain back into the paint

Before hammering down the
lid on the paint can, cover
with a rag and then tap
the lid into place.
This will prevent spatters.

Hair, Nylon and Polyester

Animal-hair brushes is used
for oil-based paints Nylon
and polyester brushes are
used for either oil based or
water based bases.

Do not use the same brush
for both oil and water based
paints. The remnant solvents
left in the brush from the
latex paint will react with
the oil based paint leaving
a gummy mess.

Mark the handles to
distinguish them. Paint the
handles red for oil and
blue for latex.

How To Revive a Hardened
Paint Brush

To revive a paint brush with
dried oil base paint, place it
in a pot of white vinegar
and simmer for ten to
fifteen minutes.
Rinse the bristles in water
and hang to dry.

How To Un-stiff
a Paint Brush

To un-stiffen paint brushes,
place in a solution of one
pint of water to one
tablespoon of hair
conditioner and soak for
a few minutes and work it
in, then rinse in clean water
and hang to dry.
TSP all purpose heavy duty
cleaner mixed in warm
water will give good results.
Leave the brushes to soak
and check from time
to time.

Save On Clean-Up

To save on the cleanup, turn
a plastic bag inside out and
place over paint trays;
simply discard plastic bag
when you are finished

Wrap paint brushes in a
plastic bag and place in a
freezer, simply remove
the next day and continue

If you are distracted in the
middle of a paint project,
wrap your paint brush in a
damp rag, this will keep
the paint from hardening.

How To Position a Ladder

To place a ladder at the
correct angle, stand with
your toes touching the base of
the ladder. While standing
straight, you should be
able to grasp a ladder
rung at shoulder height.

You can also use the formula,
one quarter the height of the
ladder will be the distance
from the wall to the base
of the ladder.

Never stand a ladder on a
drop cloth as it could slide
out from under you while
you are standing on it.

If you are working outside,
drive in stacks at the base
of the ladder or tie off the
lower ladder rungs to
something solid.

When working on a ladder
use your arms to reach,
not your body.

Always collapse an extension
ladder before moving it.

Never climb a closed

Never climb higher than
two feet from the top of
a stepladder.

Never Sit on top of a
stepladder no matter how
appealing it may seem.

When doing a lot of ladder
work use square heeled
shoes with a durable
synthetic rubber soles.

Hanging A paint Can
On A Ladder

To hang a paint can on a
ladder rung, make a S
shaped hook from some
very stiff wire, such as
heavy duty clothes hanger

How To Use a Paint

Dip the brush into the paint
to one-third the length of
the bristles.

Scrap both sides of the brush
against the paint can before
By applying this practice you
can prevent paint mess and

There are two types of brushes,
natural-bristle and synthetic.
Use the natural bristle brush
for any oil based paint and
the synthetic brush for any
Water-thinned paint.

If you use the natural
bristle brush with water
thinned paint, the bristles
will blob together like a
mop and result in a
streaked finish.

Estimating Paint Quantity

Multiply the length of each
wall by the height of the wall.
Ignore doors and windows
measurements. Then add ten
percent to the figure.
You will have the needed
information for the paint
They will tell you how much
paint you will need.


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