How do I take care of my freshly painted surface?
Avoid touching, wiping, or wetting any freshly painted surface for 30 days. After that time dirt and stains may be removed with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and water.
How is my furniture protected during painting?
After moving the furniture into the middle of the room it will be covered in plastic. All floors will be protected by canvas drop cloths.
What is the difference between enamel and latex paints?
Briefly, latex paints are water-based, primarily on entire exteriors and interior walls, and clean up with soap and water. Enamel paints are used mostly on interior and exterior doors, interior cabinets and trim, and can only be cleaned up with paint thinner.
Can I use exterior paint on the inside of my house?
No. Exterior paints are formulated to be more flexible to withstand temperature and climate changes.
How many coats of paint should I apply?
Always use at least two coats of paint even if you are sure you are using the exact same color. It may be necessary to use 3 coats if the old color is not adequately covered.
How can I best prepare my walls before painting?
This depends on the condition of the surface you are painting. As a general rule, walls should be clean, dry and dull. Scrub all surfaces to remove all dirt, grease, oil, etc. Walls that have never been painted should have a primer applied before painting.
What kind of painting maintenance is recommended?
For interior surfaces, dirt and scuff marks should be cleaned immediately with soap and water. Don’t use abrasive cleaners or scrub newly painted surfaces before the paint has cured. Make sure your painter leaves you with some touch up paint and the details of the brand of paint used, color number etc so that when it comes to repaint you can match colors.
What is the proper order to be following when painting a room?
When painting a room
- the ceiling should be painted first,
- followed by the walls,
- then the trim (including doors and windows)
and finally the baseboards
Do I need to prime a wall before I paint?
If the surface has been previously painted it does not need to be primed. If however it is a new wall, it needs to be primed in order for the paint to adhere to the surface.
How often should I have to paint the interior?
There are too many factors to take into consideration, and each home can be different. The quality of the paint used is of the utmost importance. However under normal conditions, a good quality job done by a professional crew should last anywhere from 6-10 years.
How do I tell if the paint on my walls is latex or alkyd (oil) based?
You may use a small amount of finger nail polish remover on a cloth and lightly rub it on an inconspicuous test area. If the paint softens and is easily removed, then it is a latex paint. If the paint does not really seem to be affected by the test, it is typically an alkyd coating.
How long should I wait before cleaning my windows after painting?
We recommend waiting two weeks. Paint dries in a matter of a few hours but all paint goes through a curing process which takes longer.
Do weather conditions need to be considered?
Take the weather into account before painting your home’s exterior. Paint when the temperature is above 60 and below 90 degrees F. Otherwise, the drying time will be adversely affected. Avoid not only rain but also wind. High winds not only can cause your paint to dry too quickly, they can also blow dirt and other debris onto the wet surface.
How do I order color cards and send enquiry?
You can order color cards and send your enquiry via online enquiry form. If you have any specific questions about products please add them in comment. We’ll get back to you once the form is received.
If I decide to buy General Paints Products, what do I do next?
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