Keep Paint Fresh While House Painting

It can be a big job to paint even a single room of your house. You can’t expect to get it all done in a few hours, and you may need to spread the work out over several days. You should have an idea of how long the work will take you before you start, but your estimates may not be accurate if you don’t paint often. You may end up going over several days to complete the work, and if you do, then the paint may have problems staying stable and wet for the duration.

Cover Your Buckets
If you are going to be using only one colour for a while, then cover the other buckets of paint you are not using. It does them no good to be open, and that can cut actually dry out the paint and release more fumes into the air that aren’t very good for you. You’ll kept the paint fresher if you keep it closed when you are not using it.

If you are using a roller brush and a tray, then once you fill the tray with paint, you can close the bucket back. Anytime you are not constantly using a bucket of paint, the lid should be on. It doesn’t need to be put on tight, but there should be a lid placed over the paint can when it is not being used.

Store Brushes Properly
If you want your brushes to work well for you the next time you pull them out, then just store them in the fridge in between painting sessions. Just wrap the brush end in a plastic bag and put it anywhere in the fridge to keep the brush prepped for painting. You do not want to store it in the freezer.

You can cover up your roller brush with tin foil and cover paint trays with plastic wrap. This will keep the paint fresh and wet and ready to use as soon as you go back to it. If you are going to stop painting for several days, then it is a good idea to clean out your brushes so that the paint does not dry. You should also empty out the roller tray into the paint bucket and cover the bucket for when it is ready to be used again.

Control the Temperature
If the temperature around the paint gets too cold or too hot, the paint may not be stable for long. You want to keep it from becoming too runny or too hard, and you can do that by carefully controlling the temperature around it.

You want to store paint in a cool, dry place, but in the winter, you may need to move it somewhere a bit warmer than the garage, basement or shed, which is where most people store their paint. You don’t want to store the paint in the attic either, as it can get overly hot or cold there through the year. A better place would be in the pantry, under the kitchen counter or in the bathroom.

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Avoid Accidents While Painting Your House Interior

Are you accident prone or overly cautious and just a little bit intimidated by the prospect of painting your own home? Maybe you are painting a single room or maybe you are painting the entire exterior. Whatever you may be doing, you can take steps to ensure that there are few to no accidents and that you are kept safe while you are painting your home.

We have some tips that even the painting experts use to help them avoid accidents and ensure that they get the work done in a timely manner. A few of these may slow you down a little bit from the pace you may be used to painting at, but they will prevent slips, falls and other accidents that can slow you down even more.

Use a Small Bucket
We can’t stress enough how important it is to use small tools that are easy to handle, especially if you are going to be up on a ladder. At some point, you will likely want to paint something that is farther up than you can reach. Even a roller brush may not be able to paint ceilings or high up on the outside of your house.

You may need to stand on a ladder to get where you need to paint. When you do that, be sure to use a small bucket. This will prevent you from carrying something so heavy that you end up dropping it or knocking yourself down while trying to move it. The best size of bucket to use is something that can rest comfortably and stably on the ladder that you can carry in one hand without being overburdened and that can be transported up and down a ladder safely.

Stabilize the Ladder
When you use a ladder, be sure that it is kept stable. That may mean that you need to prepare the surface you are setting the ladder on. Or you may need to lean it against the house. It’s always best to place it on a flat, stable surface, and putting it in the grass is usually a bad idea. It can also help to have people hold the ladder and stabilize it for you, especially when you are stepping off it or stepping back onto it.

When you set up the ladder, be sure you test it by trying it shake it gently to see if it rocks. Then just keep adjusting it until you find a place that is stable and that makes your goal accessible. You don’t want to have to reach too far from the ladder to paint, so be sure to put it nice and close to where you will be painting.

Work with a Buddy
You should not paint alone, especially if you will be using a ladder or a stool. You need someone near by who can help you if you do have an accident and who can watch out for you and point out potential hazards.

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