Archive for February 2015

Painting Tips from The Home Pro Show

Paint tools and tricks for a homeowner to get a professional looking paint job with:

  • How to prepare your roller by getting loose hairs out easily so they do not end up in your paint on the wall
  • A scraper tool to quickly and efficiently remove peeling paint …..a carbide scraper is well worth the $20 investment
  • A 5 in 1 tool is the overall general tool that every painter keeps in his pocket….it is a scraper, putty knife and a great tool to open up cracks before filling,
  • And John displays a tool used by professionals to protect against lead contamination ….a HEPA vacuum sanding system by Festool.

Best paint for Bathrooms

Mildew Proof Paint for baths

Mildew Proof Paint for baths

In the past oil semi-gloss was used in baths/kitchens and laundries but with the emphasis on reducing chemicals VOC’s harmful to the ozone layer, many paints have become more prone to streaking as soaps and other surfactants used in bathing are deposited on painted surfaces and mar the surface with streaking.

I have found a couple that perform as well or better than old oil enamel:
Zinsser Perma-White paint is carried by many paint stores and can be tinted to most medium pastel colors. It is fantastic at keeping mildew at bay and not streaking….even in very steamy rooms. I have it in two of my own bathrooms; one a medium yellow and the other a medium turquoise…both were painted well over 5 years ago and are easily cleaned and have no signs of any mildew. Very low sheen eggshell

Comes in Deep Colors!

Comes in Deep Colors!

Benjamin Moore Spa and Bath is another very nice paint I have used with some clients who are looking for deeper tones and an almost matte finish….a very nice look in a bath.