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 Category:  Self Improvement Fiction
  Posted: October 19, 2019      Views: 68

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How not to open and close paint cans is wise.
"Household & Craftsman Hints" by Donald O. Cassidy


Do-it-Yourself hobbyists often follow the impulse regarding small touch-ups using house paints.. Neglect of proper procedure is costly, especially with oil-based paint. Professional painters may, or may not, adhere to the best advice since they apply great quantities of paint, and don't hassle with saving leftovers.

It's common to see amateurs barely prying one small space of a lid, and pulling hard to lift the cover completely at once. When replacing the lid, they will pound it in the center.. Such a procedure is completely wrong.
In any case, the private consumer needs to know some details of handling paints, which is to say can be a messy job at best. Technologists think they have simplified this task by offering synthetic, or water-based paints. Brushes are much easier to clean after a job. Generous use of water is adequate. For oil-based paints, use petroleum formula only to dissolve the paint (Paint thinner) Never mix oil and water. [ For a brush or roller that still has some hardened residue, gently pound the bristles, at their ends, on a hard surface. Usually, this will free the dried residue and render the bristles free again.]

Classical hardware or paint stores frequently service customers by clamping a container of paint to a vibrating machine. This helps prepare the product for use before the can is opened. just the same, shakers, or vibrators, are insufficient to distribute the pigment from the very bottom of the container. Retailers may, or may not, open the can to test the paint for proper solution. The retailer does have a special tool to open a fresh container. This tool has two separated tabs on one side of the rim of the lid, and the opposite tab to fit the outside of the can. The handle of the tool services as a lever to pry just a small space at a time, as the employee pries the circumference about every four-to-six inches at a time.

Common sense shows the logic of steps that prevent warping, or bending the lid. Perhaps it's optional for a dealer, or retailer, to furnish customers with this opening tool. If not, the consumer should use a firm wooden paint paddle or stick, to insert to the bottom of the container and break up any hardened pigment. Stir the paint thoroughly again at home. (Oh yes, have a small clean container to pour about a pint off the top before trying to stir a full can of paint. Then pour that small amount back, and gently stir it in.)

Preparing the Surface and Applying the Paint

Manufacturers usually print major directions, or steps, on the label of a paint container. At any rate, here are steps that make a difference in the appearance and durability that may surpass the so-called experts. [But don't tell them so very fast.]

In most cases, if this is an original application, apply a primer. Again, remember don't mix oil and water: Use oil-based primer for new wood as well as bare metal. It will be worth the extra expense to use oil-based primer
for original jobs. [Don't follow this better quality primer and paint job with water-based paints for about two years.]

Common advice matters for application of paints when using a proper brush for the surfaces. Again, common sense almost dictates a broad brush for wide panels, like a wall, and narrow brushes for edges, small cracks and around windows or objects. Common sense and practical advice is to squeeze excess liquid (paint) from the applicator, and stroke slowly for a foot or two. Then retrace the stroke to smooth. For new surface, use a second application over the same space. Don't expect the first coat to completely hide all surfaces. It's best to avoid heavy applications at once, and rely on a second coat for a satisfactory paint job.

For paint rollers, much the same applies: panels, extensive surfaces, of several feet are suitable for rollers. Don't expect to cover corners, edges and around windows and objects with a roller. That will usually just waste paint.

Again, the advice to squeeze excess paint is practical. But with a roller right away, cover the same territory in order that no bare surface shows.

In washing the roller--after a quick dip in a pail of water--shake on the ground near a drain-- then remove the roller from the handle, and soak for a few minutes before squeezing again.

Author Notes

If you're loaded with money, you can entirely skip the above, careful details of preparing for a home-made painting project. However, if long experience at painting under less-than-ideal conditions, should be worth oodles of money.
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