How to Paint a Quality Finish – 10 Tips

10 Tips for a Quality Paint Job With Old Village Paint

1. First Things First

~ Oil over Latex, not Latex over Oil ~

If you want to paint latex over oil you have 2 options. First prime on top of the oil paint or stain with Oil Primer or Old Village Over/Under water-based Primer. Then it will be safe to paint with water based paints.

2. Paint in dry weather

Paint dries slower in humid weather, so you may want to avoid painting on a rainy day. Clearly, when painting outside you’re not going to on a rainy day. But it’s fine to paint inside with Old Village Paint understanding it may take longer to dry. Be sure that it’s not going to rain soon after you paint outdoors with acrylic paint as the acrylic has a slow cure.

3. Inspect your paint job for imperfections

Look for cracked, flaking, or peeling areas that may need to be sanded or scraped. The adhesion is only as good as the weakest link. So be sure to get any problem areas prepped properly.

When painting in the kitchen, be sure to clean any grease properly and rinse before applying new paint. Your local paint store can help you with that.

4. Use Quality Brushes and Roller

You’re using Old Village Paint, which is top of the line! So you will want to use a quality applicator as well! When painting with oil paint you’ll want to use a natural bristle brush. We like Elder & Jenks brushes that are made in America for over 200 years. They are clearly the best. Clean it properly and it’ll last forever!

To clean first rinse in mineral spirits or turpentine. The hold the brush bristles up in your hand and pour dry laundry detergent into the bristles. Wash and rinse. You can hang to dry or wrap the bristles in a paper towel so they stay in shape while drying.

For the Old Village water base paints; Buttermilk Paint, Vintage and the Provence lines you’ll want to first rinse the brush out with water and the do the same process as the oil brush with dry laundry detergent.

5. Rollers

If your painting a textured wall you’ll want a thicker nap to get into the nooks and crannies but if it’s a smooth surface you’ll want to use a thinner nap or you’ll create a bumpy finish. Your local store can help you with the proper roller for your specific job.

6. Primer

Old Village has only top quality primers for every occasion. For difficult surfaces Old Village Over/Under Primer is perfect. It is water base Exterior / Interior in white and gray. This problem solver primer can be a very helpful solution! We also have metal oil primers and interior and exterior oil primers. We also have shellac flakes you would mix with denatured alcohol and use to seal knots from staining thru your finish. Give us a call if you’re not what you should use.

7. Primer And the Primitive Finish

If you’re going for the Primitive look and you want to sand down the edges to reveal the wood you do not need to use primer. Old Village Paint is still made the old fashioned way in batches. There is an average of 43.7% pigment in every batch so you certainly can get away without primer. We do however recommend primer when painting a bare surface for the first time for outside use.

8. Boxing your paint, for paint made in Batches

When you have different batches of a colour you will want to mix the all together before starting to paint. This is called “boxing you batches”. It’s an old term that isn’t used much anymore because not many manufacturers still make paint in batches. You do not have to do this if you know your cans are all marked with the same batch number. You’ll find your batch number near the bar code. It’s a 4 digit code, number, letter, number, number. For example 3D18. If you misjudged and need to buy more but can’t match the batch… no worries. Just stop painting at a corner or if doing windows or furniture finish the window or chair and mix any left over paint from the old batch with the new paint from the new batch. You won’t see the difference unless you stop in the middle of a flat surface and finish with the new batch. Then you will see the line right down the middle of the wall! Trust me, I did it one time! I was very young and I learned the hard way.

9. Start painting at the highest point and go down

Cut in the edges of your painting surface. They have wonderful edging applicators today on the market. Then start painting at the highest point and paint downward. This way if there are any drips you’ll paint over them on your way down!

10. Cover Up with drop-cloths and painters tape
You can cover door knobs with tin foil and painters tape. Local stores have all kinds of good covers to protect your rugs, floors, furniture etc. Remove light switch and electric outlet covers. It’s very tempting to say I’ll be careful and want to get the job done but you’ll regret it if you ruin something you really love. So take the time to cover up!

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