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How To Store Extra House Paint So It Lasts Indefinitely

Sometimes, painting projects can involve less paint than you thought, especially when it comes to smaller projects. And then you’re stuck with extra cans of house paint.

How To Store Extra House Paint So It Lasts IndefinitelyOr maybe you have a can of extra paint for those “just in case” moments where you scratch or scuff the walls. This can be especially important if you have a darker color that shows wear easily.

Yet invariably you’ve had extra cans of paint before, only to discover a few months down the road that they are completely unusable. How can you change that? How can you save extra house paint so it lasts indefinitely?

Here’s how to correctly store house paint so that the quality remains the same:

  • First, make sure any paint drippings are wiped clean from the rim of the can. Use a damp rag to wipe the paint off and then another rag to wipe it dry.
  • Secondly, seal the lid. Put the lid on top and put a block of wood or small rock on the rim of the lid. Tap it with a hammer and firmly seal the lid all the way around.
  • Put the paint can on a tray, and leave it upside down to ensure than air does not leak inside the lid of the paint can, which will dry out the paint.
  • Label the paint can, and include the room that you used it in as well as the date.
  • Store the paint can indoors in a place that is dry and doesn’t experience freezing or extremely hot temperatures. An attic or basement is a good storage location if the temperature is right.

When you decide to use the stored paint, be sure to stir it thoroughly as it can separate while it’s being stored. When properly stored, extra house paint can be usable for many years. They key is to not let the paint get dried out.

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Paint Failure and the Exterior of Your Home

Painting the exterior of your home is one of the most important investments you can make for your property. Paint can have a life of up to a decade if properly applied. But all too often, problems can arise during the application of the paint and after, causing unwanted paint failure that ruins its look.

Paint Failure and the Exterior of Your HomePaint failure may develop under certain conditions of service. Extra moisture and application of a new paint coat without proper preparation of the old surface can all lead to early paint failure. The last thing you want to do is waste your money and your time, which is often the case with do it yourselfers!

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Here are a few of the most common causes for paint failure and how to correct them:

Moisture

The most common cause of paint failure is moisture from rain, dew, and other sources of moisture that move to the inside of the house. Moisture can result in cracking, peeling, and discoloration of the exterior paint.

Proper construction and maintenance will eliminate most exterior water problems, but some are inevitable. Ice dams on roofs as well as clogged and unmaintained gutters can be culprits of moisture problems.

Interior moisture from water vapor and humidifiers can soak into the siding and create blistering and peeling. Venting high humidity areas of your home should help with interior moisture.

Blistering

Temperature blisters occur only in the last coat of paint, and are caused by a rapid rise in temperature. To prevent temperature blisters, avoid painting surfaces that will soon be heated. Thick coats of paint are more likely to blister than white paints or thin coats.

Moisture blisters occur from water moving to the outside. Damage appears after spring rains and throughout the summer, and they only way to avoid them is to eliminate the moisture problem.

Prior to hiring a contractor, you should make note of all of the paint failures of your home. This way you can ask your painting contractor how to prevent them from recurring!

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Paint or Stain: Which is Right for You?

Having trouble deciding whether you should use paint or stain? Deciphering between the two can be a difficult task if you don’t know that much about them. The decision can be a whole lot easier when you know what are composed of and what their differences are.

Paint or Stain: Which is Right for YouAs far as similarities go, the only aspects that paint and stain have in common is that they both add color and provide protection. And they are both composed of the same three components: solvent, binder and pigment. Other than that, they are very different. So how do you know which one is right for you?

Here are some comparison facts for paint and stain to help you decide which one you should use:

  • Stains penetrate a surface, while paint produces a more evident surface film.
  • Paint, especially acrylic latex, is more long lasting.
  • Stain is available in its own solid color sheen, whereas paint is available in many sheens.
  • Paint will last longer than stain.
  • Stain will protect wood better by letting the moisture escape if moisture is allowed into the wood.

There are some attributes of stain that make it better than paint:

  • Stain is economical to maintain.
  • Stain is better for decks because it is more water-permeable.
  • It will work against the trapping of moisture, therefore preventing rotting.
  • Stain is made to take abrasion from foot traffic.
  • It is self-adhering to wood.
  • It provides a natural look.

Here are some attributes of paint that make it the best choice:

  • Paint comes in many levels of gloss or sheen.
  • It works on metal, stucco, and many other surfaces.
  • Paint comes in high grade acrylic formulas for superior longevity.
  • Paint is available in the brightest and the darkest shades.

Whichever you choose, paint or stain can add personality and style to your home’s exterior and interior, raising its value and appeal!

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Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

The exterior color of your home is just as important as the interior. You want to choose a color scheme that reflects your home’s style and your individual tastes. While choosing a color palette for the exterior of your house can be a little intimidating, the following tips can help you to choose the prefect exterior paint color that will complement your home.

Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint ColorsBe a little daring. Many people will tell you that you should paint the exterior a color that does not clash with the surrounding neighboring houses. That advice is not for those who want their homes to make an exciting statement. By making the bold move with contemporary colors, you can have fun. Of course, being daring applies to those who are staying in their home for a while and not selling it.

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Don’t overdo it. While little pops of color on places such as the door can be creative and modern, be sure not to overdo splashes of random color that can be distracting. Opt for a base shade, a color for the trim, and a door accent color.

Tour the neighborhood. To get ideas for color palettes, walk around the neighborhood and take note of architectural styles and colors that strike your eye.

Consider the landscaping and climate. Natural earth tones will look best on homes surrounded by many trees and shrubs, while bright colors look best on Sun Belt houses. The paint color that you choose should look great in the green and colorful spring as well as the snowy winter.

Look at samples outside in different lighting. This will help you to see what the paint color will look like in the bright sunshine as well as in the shade.

Color sets the mood and gives your home personality and style. Carefully choosing the right color of your home’s exterior paint will give it a charming look for years to come.

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The Best Paint Colors To Sell A Home

They loved the house … until they walked into the “orange” room. From that point forward it became the “orange” house – and the house they wouldn’t buy because of the awful color.

The Best Paint Colors To Sell A HomeWe all hear stories of the house that sat on the market too long because of the pain color. It happens. But just like home staging is an ever-growing trend in real estate, so is staging with paint color.

Paint color should soothe a potential buyer, making them focus in on the house itself – not the color. With a little thought – and a little paint – you can soon have potential buyers loving your home for what it has to offer. Here are a few basic rules.

Exterior Colors

In many cases, exterior paint colors are dictated by what the homeowners association will allow. If you don’t have an HOA that controls house color, spend some time walking around your neighborhood before you decide on a paint color. In general, paint colors should stick with earth tones – tones that match the surrounding areas. Find a home close in size and style that you like and match your paint choices with theirs. You should also take into account the roof color, stonework, bricks and other elements of the home as you are choosing paint colors. In some cases, you can look to your landscaping as well, especially if you have retaining walls or landscaping stone that is clearly visible from the street view.

Living Room Colors

One of the largest and most used rooms in your home are the living areas. The key to great living room colors is to combine neutrality and warmth. Warm colors will provide character and personality, without the dull and boring that comes with standard white. Remember, most potential buyers want a move-in ready home as much as possible. Yes, they know they can paint, but why do it if they really don’t have to. The “perfect” paint will allow them to tick one more box in your favor. Good neutral colors feature creamy whites, muted beiges and light gray tones. You can also incorporate current trends into your styles – muted shades of blues and greens are always trending, and make great complements to just about any décor.

Kitchen Colors

Kitchens by nature are bright and cheery. Most buyers want open and bright when it comes to kitchen design. After all, this is where the family gathers every day for homework, talking, sharing and cooking. How do you put the finishing touches on a great meal if you can’t see what you’re working on? Light colors help add brightness – try yellow, light olive, or warm beiges.

Bedroom Colors

Bedrooms are designed for relaxation. Because they aren’t areas typically accessible to guests – minus the guest bedroom – mild and less trendy colors are acceptable. Keep things mild and soft – eggshell white, beige, light grays, light yellows and light greens are always a good choice.

Bathroom Colors

Bathrooms are relatively small spaces – bold colors can darken the space, giving it an even smaller appearance. And because potential home buyers value space, keeping things large and airy is always important. In the bathroom, stay away from dark colors – deep hues in reds, browns, yellows or blues will make a wall close in on anyone who enters. Instead, stick with warm whites, and accents with color décor instead.

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