There are so many painting myths out there that it can be hard to know what is true and what isn’t. People have been telling us for years that we need to add essential oils to our paint in order to make the room smell nice, or that primer is the only thing we need to prep a space before painting. But what is actually true? In this blog post, we debunk some of the most common painting myths and help you paint like a pro!
Myth 01: Paint Can Be Saved For Another Day
One of the most common myths about painting is that you can save leftover paint for another day. While it is true that some paint can be saved and used at a later date, there are certain types of paint that can’t. For example, latex paint can usually be stored for up to 2 years or more if it is kept in a cool, dry place. When stowing latex paints, it can give the benefit of lasting but requires consistent climate controlled areas, if it freeze and thaws you will have lumpy paint. Some paints like Milk paint on the other hand can only give you a shelf life of up to a week. If you are unsure about whether or not your paint can be saved, it is always best to consult with a professional.
Myth 02: You Don’t Need To Prime Before Painting
Another common painting myth is that you don’t need to prime before painting. While it is true that some surfaces do not require primer, there are many surfaces that will benefit from being primed before painting. For example, if you are painting over a dark with a light colour, you will definitely need to use primer in order to get good coverage. Likewise, if you are painting over a glossy surface, primer will help the paint to adhere better and prevent peeling.
Myth 03: Primer Is The Only Thing You Need To Prep A Space
Primer is not the only thing you need to prep a space before painting. In addition to priming, you also need to prep the walls by cleaning them and removing any loose plaster or wallpaper. Sanding surfaces can help refine any indents the wall has received over time from bumping furniture against walls. This practice allows for a much more premium finish and could fool your friends that a professional did it. Once the walls are prepped, you can then begin painting!
Myth 04: Paint Thinner Will Help You Clean Your Brushes
One of the most dangerous myths about painting is that paint thinner can be used to clean your brushes. While paint thinner can indeed remove paint from your brushes, it is also highly flammable and can damage the bristle of your brushes over time as it is a corrosive liquid. You can purchase brush cleaners that are specifically designed for this purpose, to avoid the need to replace your brushes so frequently.
Myth 05: Adding Essential Oils To Paint Will Make A Room Smell Nice
Adding essential oils to paint will not make a room smell nice. In fact, adding essential oils can actually damage the paint and make it less effective, leading to even voiding your manufacturer’s warranty. Nowadays, most paint formulations have been created to have less odour and fumes when applying. We recommend that if you wish to make a room smell nice, it is best to stick to an air freshener or diffuser.
Hopefully this blog post has helped to debunk some of the most common painting myths! Remember, when in doubt, always know you can consult with our team of professionals at SAGE Painting for your next home improvement project.