Whether you are getting ready to paint a room or your entire house, there are some good tips you can get from a paint expert. Here are a few:
Quality IS Important - If you want the paint job to last, better use quality paint. It can be costly to paint a large space and the better the paint, the less likely you will need to do it again for a while. Cheap paint may need to be updated in as little time as a year!
Old Color vs New Color - Paint colors can fight each other. When you are painting over a certain color, take a sample (if you can) or a picture with you to the paint store so that whoever is mixing your paint will know what you are painting over. They can help you to know if the color you have chosen will cover your current paint color easily or not and what you might need to get the job done well.
Start Small - When you are going to be testing out a new paint type or color, get a small pint or some stores even have a smaller sample container you can get of the paint. Then you can test a small area of where you are painting to see how the color not only looks after it dries, but, how well it covers for you too. No matter how certain you are of a certain color, buying a whole gallon up front without a test could prove to be a costly mistake.
One Coat is All - If you use a primer with the color tint of the paint you will use, then you will only need one coat of the actual paint after the primer. No need for two coats of paint.
No Alterations Necessary - Paint is made to be used "as is" without any additives. Don't add water or any other thinners. This may ruin not only the color, but the integrity of the paint. You don't want to go through all the work of painting only to have it peel, chip or fade much faster than you ever intended.