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Blemish Repair – How to Use Spackle

So you think you’re ready for your paint project? You’ve cleared the room of furnishings, removed all paintings and curtains/rods, and placed a tarp on the floor to catch any stray drips. But then, you look around at the surfaces you are about to paint and realize that your walls are far from flawless. They have holes from nails, scratches from furniture, and a few pock marks from everyday living. That’s where wall spackle products can save the day and repair any small blemishes on your walls! 

If you are looking for a flawless finish to your paint job, taking care of all of those little blemishes can make all the difference. Spackle comes in a few different types and should be used carefully when repairing small holes and dings. 

Let’s review some of those splackling rules before you get started. 

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Filling Small Holes and Dents 

After you have removed all the furnishings and cleaned the walls with warm water, you may notice a few areas that need some repairs, such as nail holes where pictures were once hung or dents along chair rails. 

For these smaller holes and dents, spackle, which comes in small tubs and is the consistency of toothpaste, should be the perfect fix for these imperfections on your surfaces. 

Spackle is fairly easy to use and comes in a pre-mixed container for home use. Spackle products can be wiped over holes in your walls once you have cleaned the area and made sure that all the loose pieces of the drywall have been removed. 

Once the area has been prepped, be sure to wipe the spackle on with a small putty knife using only as much as you need to fill the hole. Try holding the putty knife at a 45 degree angle and pushing the product into the hole as you scrape over it. Scrape off any extra and allow the spackle to dry completely. 

For larger holes, you may need to apply a couple of coats of the spackle to fill the hole. Once the cavity is filled and dried, gently sand the area and wipe away any dust until the blemish is no longer there and the surface is smooth. 

If you’re happy with the results, you will want to paint with a primer over the areas that have been repaired before you paint with the main color. If you feel the area needs work, try another layer of spackle and sand down to a smooth finish.

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Materials Needed 

To complete a wall repair job using spackle, you will need a few materials before you get started. 

  • Spackle compound – we suggest the pre-mixed variety. 
  • A putty knife
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Cloths for cleaning
  • Sponges

If your repair areas are larger, you may need to consider using wall putty and consulting an expert for proper application. 

Our team can help make your walls look professionally repaired and painted. Talk to us about a free estimate for your next paint project. 

 

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Safety & Exterior Paint Projects 

When people think about painting, they don’t typically think of it as a high-risk activity. That is until they realize that painting can take place indoors or out, in hard-to-reach places, and while working with chemicals commonly found in paint. Now do you see how painting could be a safety concern? 

Painting a home can be fun and exciting, especially if you can’t wait to see the transformation a coat of paint can have on an exterior or interior space! Most do-it-yourselfers see the task as pretty straightforward and easy. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t believe how many calls we get from homeowners who have determined (after they started their project) that the cathedral ceiling or second floor attic peak is just too high for their comfort level to paint on their own. 

However, if you do decide to tackle your paint project on your own, there are some safety considerations that you may want to think about before you open a can of paint or even set up your ladders. Here are a few…

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Ladder Safety 

One of the areas that is most difficult in terms of safety is using a ladder either indoors or outdoors during your paint project. Here are a couple of tips to keep you safe while you paint those hard-to-reach spaces. 

  • Make sure the ladder is on a flat, stable surface. 
  • Use a spotter to hold the ladder if you feel like you need the stability. 
  • Use the rule of three. Keep three contact points on the ladder – two feet and one hand. 
  • Confirm that the spreader bar is extended completely and in the locked position. 
  • Never use a metal ladder around wires. 
  • Check the rungs to be sure they are in good shape. 
  • Never try to move the ladder while you are on it. 
  • Use a ladder that is the appropriate height so you will not need to stretch or overreach. 
  • Use the proper paint tools and ladder attachments so you can use your hands for balancing rather than reaching and holding paint cans/brushes. 

Ladders and scaffolding are usually the most risky places during a paint project. Follow all manufacturer safety guidelines and if you doubt you balance, hire a professional. 

Personal Safety Equipment 

Professionals are always careful to protect their lungs, eyes, and skin when starting a paint project. They often use goggles, masks, respirators, and gloves. 

Depending upon the task at hand, whether it is sanding paint, using a sprayer, or getting rid of lead paint, professionals know the right personal protective equipment to use. Be sure you plan ahead and invest in some of these items to make your paint project safe from beginning to end. 

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Traction Tools 

While it is not all that common, there’s always a risk of slipping when dealing with wet paint. Dripping or spilled paint can be a slip-and-fall hazard, so try to use canvas or cotton drop cloths that will help absorb any dripped paint and prevent falls. In addition, make sure the traction on your work shoes is good enough especially if you will be on a ladder or roof. 

If any of these safety measures seem more than you can handle, call our team at Jerry Enos Painting and we will come out to give you an estimate for your project. 

 

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Do You Have the Right Painting Products? 

Most people think that once you’ve purchased some high quality paint in the color and sheen you desire, that the job is downhill from there. A great paint job, however, starts with great paint supplies. Choosing the right painting supplies can mean the difference between a professional looking paint job and one that has drips, uneven spots, and edging mistakes. Let’s examine the long list of paint supplies and products that can make your project come out looking stellar. 

Wall Prep Supplies 

Before you even open a can of paint, you will need to clean all the surfaces including the trim, outlet covers, and ceiling surface. That process will entail needing a sponge, a bucket, a drop cloth and a cleaning mixture for your walls. 

If your walls or ceiling has any blemishes, nicks, scratches, or holes from nails, you will need to invest in some putty and caulk to fix any areas that are in need. Be sure to use fresh compounds to seal holes or cracks as the newer the product, the easier it is to manipulate. roller with white paint

Brushes and Rollers 

Depending upon the condition and square footage of the walls, and whether there is a substantial amount of detailed trim molding, you will want to have a few different types of brushes including a square brush and an angled brush. The square brush will be for your flat surfaces and the angled brush will help with cutting in on trim and corners. 

In addition to brushes you will want to have a few different types of rollers with different thickness of nap. The flatter the surface the shorter the nap, the bumpier the surface (such as popcorn ceiling) the thicker and longer the nap is needed. Most professional painters also have roller extenders to be able to reach higher ceilings and walls easily. rollers and painting materials

Furniture Coverings 

Ideally, all furnishings should be removed from a space before painting begins in order to protect it from a drip or spill. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, so covering an item is the next best course of action. Tarps that are made of canvas or cotton rather than plastic are good choices as they will be less likely to cause a slip or fall. 

We also suggest having rags easily accessible during your paint project for any spills and drips. They can be wiped away with a moist rag from the floor or any trim areas. 

Miscellaneous Items 

Along with all of these paint supplies, there are many smaller miscellaneous items that should make your list. Buckets and mixers should be used to mix paint to ensure that the paint color is uniform. Stirrers, paint can openers, and spouts can help with making sure your paint is well mixed and doesn’t cause a mess. 

Putty, caulk, scrapers, sanders, and other equipment may also be needed to repair any cracks, peeling, or holes in the walls. 

If you find this list overwhelming, you may want to talk to a professional painter who can get your job done with their professional grade, high quality equipment. Talk to our team here at Jerry Enos Painting to get a free quote for your next painting project. 

 

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How to Choose the Right Paint Brush 

Visit any home improvement store or hardware store and you will see entire displays of brushes of every variety, brand-name, and size. How do you choose the right one for your job? 

In last month’s blog we explored the features of paint rollers and how the length of nap is important to consider when painting the interior surfaces of your home. This month we will be taking a closer look at the characteristics of paint brushes including the size, style, and shape that can take your paint project from novice to professional. 

Try not to get overwhelmed with the wide assortment of brushes that are currently on the market. We suggest having a few types at your disposal as you go about your interior or exterior paint project. You will want to invest in a high quality angled brush and square brush in both small and larger sizes. flat brush

Brush Size 

One of the characteristics that you will want to consider when purchasing paint brushes is the sizes that are available. The size of the brush will determine the amount of coverage as well as the detail work that can be completed. Smaller brushes, such as 1-2 inch brushes, are great for painting window trim and detailed molding. “Cutting in” is much easier with a smaller brush that you can control. Medium sized brushes, measuring approximately three inches are good for doors and cabinets. And larger four inch brushes are great for painting large flat areas. 

Brush Shapes 

As we mentioned above, there are several brush shapes that you will be able to choose from when painting. Two of the more popular are square brushes and angled or chiseled brushes. Flat or square brushes are good for painting flat surfaces whereas angled brushes are better at getting into smaller areas and carefully cutting into edges and trim. paint brush and roller

Brush Components 

Every brush has bristles, but the makeup of those bristles will determine the type of paint you will be able to use with it. For example, polyester and blended-polyester bristles are good for painting with latex paints. Natural-bristle brushes, made with animal hair, are used for applying oil based paints, varnishes, shellac, polyurethane, and other oil base finishes.

As you begin to peruse the brush aisle in your hardware store be sure to look for high quality brushes. A good-quality brush holds more paint and applies it more evenly, which can save you time and help you get the results you want.

Are you starting a paint project in your home? Talk to our color specialists and expert paint teams to get the job done right the first time. Take a look at our portfolio page and contact us for a free estimate. 

 

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The Professional Painter’s 411 on Rollers & Nap 

Selecting the right equipment to paint with may seem simple enough, right? Buy some brushes, rollers, a tarp, and off you go. Unfortunately, there are actually some details to the equipment that you will need to understand in order to choose the right materials to get your paint project completed. Let’s take a closer look at the nap on your rollers so you get the most out of your painting equipment. roller with white paint

The Purpose of a Roller 

If you are a painting newbie, you will want to invest in both rollers and brushes. The brushes will be used to paint small areas and detail work along the trim, edges, and baseboards. Rollers will help you paint large, flat surfaces in much less time than a brush. They are also excellent for use on all walls, stucco, concrete, or any other flat surface.

Not all rolling naps are the same, however. Roller covers vary in nap length. The nap is determined by the surface texture to be painted. The shorter the nap the smoother the surface. 

For example, a ¼  inch nap should be used for very smooth surfaces like metal doors and plaster. Longer roller naps, such as 1 ½ inch should be used for extremely rough surfaces like concrete blocks or surfaces that have nooks and crannies. Talk to the specialists where you are buying your paint about what length nap you will need to get the best results. pink paint and roller

Roller Quality & Materials 

Along with considering the length of the nap for your rollers, homeowners should also consider the quality of the rollers. As with brushes there are a wide array of materials that can be used on a roller. For example, there is the polyester knit which is one of the more popular materials as it offers the best protection against matting.

Other materials include sheepskin, wool/polyester, and mohair. Sheepskin material picks up and releases more paint than any other roller cover. Wool and polyester allows for easy pick up and delivery of the paint while holding shape for prolonged use. Mohair produces the smoothest finish possible with a roller cover. It is recommended for use with gloss and high gloss coatings.

Do you have questions about which roller type, length, and material you should be using for your surfaces? Talk to our specialists or to set up an appointment to discuss your latest paint project contact us on our website. 

 

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Pro Painting Tips for DIYers 

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus quarantine, we have heard of many homeowners tackling home projects since they are stuck inside. The “do-it-yourselfers” (DIYers) are motivated and energetic. It’s great to see so many people taking this time to make improvements on their homes. 

As professional painters, we know how satisfying it can be to refresh a room or an entire home with paint. It can create a major transformation to any space. Hiring a painting contractor to make these changes is always the best way to get that professional look without all the hassle. If that is not in the cards for you, we have a few pro painting tips that can help your paint project come out looking amazing. paint bucket and paint

Mix Your Paint in a Large Container 

If you have a room that will take more than one can of paint, we suggest using a larger container, such as a five gallon bucket, to mix your paint prior to starting your project. Paint color may vary slightly from one can to the next. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem.

Patch, Sand, Prime, Paint 

Many homeowners find that there are nail holes or surfaces that need to be patched. If you need to complete this, take care of it before you set out to paint the room. Fill the holes or patch the wall, then sand down the remaining putty, prime the area, and then finally paint using the finishing color. Skipping a step here can mean the difference between having a wall that looks smooth and well painted and one that appears not quite right. cleaning with sponge

Be Thorough When Cleaning 

Chances are that your paint project will take more than one day. In order to keep the paints from drying out and thus render your rollers and brushes unusable, it is best to thoroughly clean all the brushes, rollers, as well as cover the paint cans at the end of each paint session. You really don’t want to waste the paint or have to invest in new brushes because the paint has dried and ruined the equipment. 

Prep the Surfaces 

Clean every inch of the walls and surfaces that you plan to paint. That means wipe down the corners near the ceilings, the baseboards, window framing, and all the walls. You would be amazed at how many homeowners skip this step and end up having to clean trim that has grime and dirt that collected on surfaces. We have even seen some homeowners paint over spider webs or food stains. It may seem like a hassle but it could save you time doing it now rather than interrupt your project to get out the cleaning products. 

Transforming your space with paint is one of the fastest and cost effective ways to change your home’s overall look. Check out our inspiration and portfolio pages for ideas for your paint projects. 

 

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Choosing the Right Painting Equipment 

If you are going to do a job, you might as well do it right. Painting is one of those jobs that takes a lot of time, patience, and energy. So if you are going to do it, you might as well invest in quality tools and equipment to get the job done in a professional manner. 

Painting can be a messy activity if you don’t know what you are doing. If this is the case, we suggest you hire a professional like one of our teams to get the project done, and done well. If you are planning on doing it yourself, we also suggest that you buy the right equipment so that you do not have to repaint again in a few months, or worse, ruin furnishings while you are painting. Here is our short list of tools that you will need when painting the interior of your home. 

Brushes 

Brushes come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and materials. It is important to match the right brush to the job to get the best paint application possible.The larger an area you will need to cover, the larger the brush. If your painting surfaces have areas where you will need to cut in or paint details you will want to invest in a high quality angled brush. 

The materials that the brushes are made of also vary. According to home expert Bob Villa, “There are two general categories of paintbrush: those made of natural-hair bristles and those made with synthetic materials, such as nylon or polyester. If you are working with alkyd or oil-based paints and coatings, you can use either natural bristle brushes or synthetic bristle brushes. However, high-quality natural bristle brushes work best when applying enamels or any topcoat.”

Rollers 

Rollers are great for painting large areas of walls. They can cover a space faster and more smoothly than the typical hand-held brush. Rollers are hard to maneuver in small spaces or on smaller walls so only use what the space allows. When choosing a roller be sure to consider the length of the nap. In general, you should paint smooth surfaces with short-nap rollers and rough surfaces with long-nap rollers. As a paint expert at your local hardware store before you invest in a rolling system. 

Extenders

One of the most commonly forgotten tools is a roller extender. This simple extension to the roller can make rolling the ceilings and high walls much easier. Again, be sure you choose the right nap for the actual roller. 

Tarps and Tape 

Cover furnishings and flooring is extremely important when painting an interior room. Even the pros have been known to drip on occasion. Protect your floors, rugs, and any furnishing that was too large to move from the room. We suggest canvas tarps as plastic can get slippery. We also suggest taping down the floor covering to ensure that the area is safe from slips and falls. 

Are you starting a paint project and looking for high quality tools like brushes and rollers? Talk to our painting specialists about your project. Check out our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips.