Hints and Tips

5 easy guidelines

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Patching drywall
Hints and tips

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how to use the proper paint sheen in your home.


Hints and tips

Following these 3 basic precepts will ensure successful results with every project.

  1. Test

  2. Protect

  3. Be Safe


Before beginning any project always test an area first to determine compatibility of the product with the surface being treated.  This is imperative when using more aggressive substances, i.e., lacquers, oil-based products and alcohol-based products (shellacs, aniline dyes) because of the potential of disastrous chemical reactions.

Creating sample boards is a very effective way to learn methods of application and to understand technique, especially when creating glazed surfaces, using water-based  or oil-based glaze coats.


Spills, spatters and drips are unavoidable side-effects from paint application. Therefore, always protect areas to be treated with drop cloths and/or tape. This minimizes potential damage to surrounding surfaces like fabrics, wallpaper and furniture. Efficiently masking areas likely to be affected using painter’s tape can save a substantial amount of time and effort in the clean-up after completion of the project.

Always test an area to be taped before beginning the masking job. Wallpaper is particularly susceptible to tearing. Lacquer and varnish surfaces on furniture may come off easily with the tape and the item could be severely damaged.

Always immediately remove tape after completion of a finished area, or at the end of each day. Tape dries out and can leave a tacky residue that often is very difficult to remove.

Be Safe

WARNING: Always read the labels, as many oil paints, stains, lacquers and varnishes are extremely toxic.  For your own safety, always work in ventilated areas. Allow fresh air to circulate. Wear protective gear, including gloves, eyewear and respirators. Leave the working environment regularly to access fresh air. Many are also highly flammable and combustible, so NEVER WORK NEAR HEAT SOURCES and DO NOT SMOKE while working with these products.


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