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WHITE WASH:

Whitewash is simple and any recipe for whitewash lets you make whitewash paint easily. If whitewash painting is in the cards for you, read here how to make whitewash, what whitewash ingredients to use, and with a little practice, start whitewashing like our forebears in days of yore...

Your painting performance can make or break a room. Painting technique separates the professional from the do it your selfer. Quality interior paint and how to paint with proper wall painting technique are important.

PAINTING

Anyone can paint you might think. The truth is you are right. I would agree that anyone who can fog a mirror and is able to move their arms and hold a brush can apply finishes. They may not do it very well, but they can do it.

Talk with a seasoned and experienced painting professional and you will quickly discover there are many techniques and special materials that professionals use on a daily basis to create satin smooth walls and gorgeous wood trim that radiates all of the natural warmth that Mother Nature intended for it to have.

Before you or your builder paints a wall or ceiling, use a hand-held lamp or light and place it close to the surface. The harsh light streaking nearly parallel across the surface should reveal each and every imperfection. Use a wide thin-bladed scraper to knock off any small nibs or particles that might be encapsulated in previous coats of paint or simply stuck to the surface. Use a fine pencil to gently circle any depressions or other imperfections. Once the inspection is complete, use spackling compound or other patching material to cure the defects.

New drywall or plaster, as well as repaired surfaces, need to be primed with special primer-sealer paint. These products contain special resins that seal surfaces so the porosity is uniform. They also contain larger pigment particles that help to even out the texture of the surface. When you apply the second coat of finish paint, you truly end up with a uniform surface that shows up well under any light.

Because the chemistry of many paints is different, they dry at different rates. Paints that dry or flash quickly can create headaches as your eyes can see brush strokes or overlap marks left by even the best brushes and paint rollers. This problem can be minimized if the paint manufacturer allows you to add an extender liquid to the paint. These products retard the drying time allowing you to always maintain a wet edge unless you are working in a region with extremely low humidity.

It is important to realize that the variance in quality of wall and woodwork paints is as wide as mouth of the Mississippi River. Be aware that your builder's painting subcontractor might be applying low-quality paint in an effort to save money or produce a more competitive bid. This may not be in your best interests as low-quality paints do not wear well, they are nearly impossible to clean and they may peel at a later date.