Tips for Painting Walls
You may be asking yourself: Aren't all paints basically the
Well, no, different types of paints perform different functions. Some
have better moisture resistance, some have better gloss retention and some have
Can the aerosol paints be applied to galvanized metal?
oil in the paint will react to the zinc and form a soapy gunk, which will result
in poor adhesion of the paint.
Can you paint aluminum?
Yes. If you
can rough-up the surface, you can probably paint it. The water-based acrylic
Painter's Touch brush products are our best recommendation.
Can you paint
Yes. If you can rough-up the surface, you can most likely
paint the fiberglass. But if the surface flexes a lot, the paint may crack off.
Can you paint plastics?
Yes. American Accents brush and Painter's
Touch brush products can be used on some types of plastics. We recommend doing a
test patch to ensure that the paint won’t soften the plastic.
If a can of oil based paint seems a little thick, can I thin it?
Yes. For brush or
roller applications, use mineral spirits. For spray gun applications, use V.M.P.
With what do I thin water-based acrylics?
Thin them with water.
What product should I use to paint galvanized
Any of the water-based acrylics, such as Painter's Touch brush
products or the American Accents brush products.
What product should I use
to paint my cement yard statues?
Any of the water-based acrylics, such as
Painter's Touch brush products or the American Accents brush products.
I use Rusty Metal Primer on clean metal?
No. The fish oil in the primer
needs to penetrate into rust to seal it from air and moisture. If there isn’t
rust, the oil will rise to the surface making adhesion of the finish coat
Why do I have to wait between applying a second coat?
avoid wrinkling, which is when paint folds or crinkles. Allow the paint to dry
in between coats. If it’s too late and you need to repair your paint job, scrape
or sand off wrinkles, wait the recoat time, and reapply a thin coat.
type of brush should I use if both oil and water base paints are being
Nylon & polyester blend paint brushes work well in both oil
and water base paints.
How should I care for my brush so that it maintains
its performance level use after use?
Clean it immediately after use with
paint thinner or kerosene for bristle brushes; soap and water for
nylon/polyester brushes. Use a brush comb to clean and straighten the bristles.
Don’t soak your brushes for extended periods of time or they may loose their
shape. If possible, store your brush by hanging it and don’t store a brush on
When purchasing paint, I've been asked if I want flat, high
gloss, satin and even an eggshell finish. What do these terms mean, and does it
really make any difference what kind of finish I have?
They refer to the
sheen or gloss level of the paint, and, yes, it does make a difference which one
you use. The sheen or gloss level simply means the degree of light reflectance
of the paint. The terms you mention are ones that various manufacturers use to
describe the shininess of their products. Your local independent paint retailer
can recommend the type of gloss you need for your particular paint project.
Does it matter what type of brush you use with any type of
Generally, there are two types of paint brushes, those made of
natural-hair bristles and those made with synthetic materials (usually nylon or
polyester). Natural bristle brushes are preferred for use with solvent-based
(oil- or alkyd-based) paints, especially for enamel or finish work. Natural
bristles are hollow and can absorb the water contained in a latex paint, causing
them to swell and become soft and limp (like your own hair when it’s wet). Most
synthetic brushes work well with both latex and solvent-based paints, but always
check the manufacturer's recommendations on the brush. Some of the solvents used
in solvent-based paints can break down the compensation of a synthetic
bristle-once again check the label.
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