Q: I have a less-than-perfect wall and want to hide the imperfections without having to apply textured paint. Do you have any suggestions?
A: If the imperfections are not too pronounced, sponge painting with multiple colors can hide a multitude of “sins.” The greater the contrast among the colors used in the sponge painting process, the more the overall effect will hide imperfections. If you want an even color, flat finishes will tend to minimize some imperfections.
Q: Is there a special paint for bathrooms?
A: Yes, Our Bath Paint as well as Duration Home have been specially formulated to provide a mildew resistant finish in humid environments such as bathrooms. These tough durable finishes are suitable for use on interior walls, ceilings, and trim. Common household stains may be removed with nonabrasive cleaners. When applied according to label directions these products will resist mildew growth and will remain washable.
Q: What is the best way to touch-up or repair a wall?
A: Touching up an existing painted surface can be challenging – professional painters wrestle with this constantly. Ideally, use paint from the same can that was used originally, but reduce it about 10% to 15% with the reducer recommended on the can.If you are touching up walls on which the paint was applied with a roller, use a small trim roller. If the paint was brushed on, use a brush.Apply a small amount of the touch-up paint and “feather” the edges, starting at the outside edge of the touch-up area into the center of the area. “Feathering” entails drawing the brush across the area outside of the touch-up onto the new paint to create a transition that diminishes the appearance of the touch-up. If the surface had to be patched, use a primer sealer. Try to prime and paint to a natural break. Please note, though, that sometimes repaired areas may be noticeable. In this event, painting the entire wall may be the best option.