Trade Secrets: Invest in Your Home

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Painting is more than simply splashing colors on your wall – it’s an investment in your home.  Here are some tips from Mark Masica, Color Services Manager, on how to make your investment last:

  • Invest in high-quality paint and equipment: As with most things, you get what you pay for.  Splurge on paint and supplies — higher quality materials go on easier, splatter less and have less odor and will save you time and money in the long run.  Use cloth dropcloths instead of plastic, which can slip around on the floor and cause you to slip. Make certain to use a professional quality roller cover, which last longer and holds more paint than synthetic rollers. Check the nap on your roller cover— 3/8″ nap works on most smooth interior walls.
  • Plan for the future and save samples of paint colors: Your beautifully painted walls will suffer some wear and tear over time, making it important to have samples and a solid organizational system in place when they do.  “You don’t want to have to rummage through each half-used can of paint trying to find the right color to repair the scratch,” says Mark.  “You should mark the color on the side and top of the can, so that even if the lids get mixed up, you still know what shade of paint the can contains.”
  • Select eco-friendly paint to keep your home environmentally conscious: When choosing paint, look for one with low amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  These paints are easier on your family and the environment, because they emit little to no harmful gasses.

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