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  1. How to select paint colors for your house?
  2. What are the types of paints for home painting?
  3. What are the color combinations for your house?
  4. How to pick paint colors for your house exterior?
  5. What are the surface preparation tips before painting house?
  6. Give some tips on house paint sheen.
  7. How to test if a paint color is opaque or transparent?
  8. What are the tips for painting glazes?
  9. How to check for house paint durability?
  10. What all should be noted before and after house painting?
  11. What are the paint removal precautions?

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1) How to select paint colors for your house?

The best colors will highlight the most beautiful features of your home. If you’re planning to paint an older home then you can refer to historic color charts. In some neighborhoods they paint their houses modern colors to dramatize architectural details. Using bright colors on old architectural details can produce startling and exciting results. Choose colors that set your house apart, without clashing with nearby buildings. The landscape around your house is blooming with color ideas. Trees may suggest an earthy palette of greens and browns. A beach setting might suggest vivid blues, turquoises, and coral colors. Even the garden in your front yard can inspire exciting color combinations. Your paint color doesn’t need to match the roof, but it should harmonize. Choose a color scheme that harmonizes with colors already present on your house. The color of your furnishings will guide you in the selection of your interior paint colors, and your interior paint colors will influence the colors you use outside. Try to choose accent colors for shutters, moldings, doors, window sashes, brackets, columns, and porch decks.

2) What are the types of paints for home painting?

There are two bases of paint for your house: solvent-based (oil or alkyd) and water-based (latex). Oil-based paints dry slow – usually taking up to 24 hours. The best clean up for an oil-based paint is turpentine or paint thinner. Latex paints’ advantage is that it dries relatively fast, but it is not desirable in hot weather or direct sunshine. The best clean up for latex paints requires just soap and water. So if you are painting the inside of your house, it is recommended to use water-based paints, while solvent-based paints are suggested for painting the exterior of your house. Different types include gloss paint, high gloss paint, semi gloss paint, eggshell paints, satin paints and flat paints.

3) What are the color combinations for your house?

You can choose your favorite color for your house but it should harmonize with the roof, interior and exterior. The following will help you visualize color combinations on a variety of house styles. From the vibrant yellow green of a spring leaf to subtle, earthy shades, green offers a wide palette. A blue house can appear playful or dignified, depending on the mood. See how the mood shifts when you trim the blue in yellow, white, or red. A blue house can appear playful or dignified, depending on the mood. See how the mood shifts when you trim the blue in yellow, white, or red. A house painted pink can seem feminine and playful, but darken the color and the pink turns dramatic.

4) How to pick paint colors for your house exterior?

Begin with colors suggested by your roof and masonry. Consider the color schemes used inside your home. Exterior colors should harmonize with the interior. Choose colors that coordinate with the buildings around you. Consider selecting darker shades. Remember that very bright or very deep colors will fade. Use darker colors to emphasize shadows and lighter colors to show projections. Avoid extreme contrasts. Choose colors that are related. Study color samples outside, but never in direct sunlight. Bright sun will distort the color. Before buying large quantities of paint, buy quarts of your selected colors and paint one area of your house. The simpler your house, the fewer colors you’ll need. Light colors will make your house seem larger. Dark colors or bands of trim will make your house seem smaller. Consider using darker or lighter shades instead of changing color.

5) What are the surface preparation tips before painting house?

Remove as much as furniture as possible from the room or group the heavier fixtures and the delicate ones together and cover them with a drop cloth. Provide adequate lightning to allow a good view of painting imperfections. Remove switch plates. Patch holes and cracks in the surfaces you wanted to paint with premixed spackling paste. After the paste dries, sand the patched the areas. Dust and wash the ceilings, walls, baseboards, windows and door moldings. Clean, sound wallpaper can be painted over, but in most cases it is better to strip it. Painting over a wallpaper may begin to peel.

6) Give some tips on house paint sheen.

House paint comes in several sheens, ranging from glossy to flat. The glossier the surface, the more likely it is to show imperfections, brush strokes and touch up marks. On the other hand, glossy surfaces are easier to clean. Many homeowners opt to use flat paint for walls and semi-gloss or glossy paint for columns, railings and window sashes.

7) How to test if a paint color is opaque or transparent?

Different pigments have different covering properties. Some are extremely transparent, barely showing on top of another color. Others are extremely opaque, hiding what’s beneath. Compiling a chart of the colors will help you know how transparent or opaque a color is. To make a chart sort out your colors in an order that makes sense to you, such as the color spectrum. Mix up a little of each color. Paint a vertical stripe of each. Wait for them to dry. Paint horizontal stripes for all the colors, in the same order. Record the names of the colors next to each stripe. Opaque pigments are dense and tend to block out other colors. Transparent pigments are light and airy, barely showing on top of other colors. Semi-transparent are somewhere between the two.

8) What are the tips for painting glazes?

Get to know your transparent colors. The paint must be dry to the touch, not sticky. Work on several paintings at once so you can move from one to another while you wait for a glaze to dry. A glaze is a thin layer of paint which should lie smoothly on top of the previous layers. A smooth hardboard panel or fine-weave canvas is ideal to start with. Use a light-colored or white ground, which helps reflect light, rather than a dark one, which helps absorb light. Glazing mediums thin the paint you’re using to the right constituency for glazing and, if you buy a fast-drying formula, speed up the rate at which the paint dries. Glazes want to be painted smoothly, without visible brush marks. Use a soft brush with rounded edges, such as a filbert brush. When the painting is finished, apply one final glaze over the whole painting.

9) How to check for house paint durability?

The more intense a color, the more likely it is to fade. After a few years, vivid blues and deep reds might seem more subdued. Dark colors can also pose more maintenance problems. Dark colors absorb heat and suffer more moisture problems than lighter shades. And because dark paint fades, it can be difficult to match exactly when you do small touch-ups. But, don’t rule out dark colors. They won’t show dust and stains, and can give your house a sense of dignity or drama.

10) What all should be noted before and after house painting?

Always provide adequate ventilation when painting inside your house. If you cannot get enough ventilation in the work area, use a respirator or a mask. Keep paint containers or solvent containers closed when not in use. Keep paint products out of the reach of children. Avoid direct contact with skin. Always read packaging (label) instructions.

11) What are the paint removal precautions?

After a particular exterior paint surface condition has been identified, the next step in planning for repainting–if paint removal is required–is selecting an appropriate method for such removal. Methods for paint removal can be divided into three categories – abrasive, thermal and chemical. “Abrading” means the painted surface by manual and/or mechanical means such as scraping and sanding. Generally used for surface preparation and limited paint removal. Thermal means softening and raising the paint layers by applying heat followed by scraping and sanding. Generally used for total paint removal. Chemical is the softening of the paint layers with chemical strippers followed by scraping and sanding. Generally used for total paint removal.

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