Painting Your House the Un-Wasteful Way!

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    10th Apr 2013
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    Spring brings about many things. Taking naps on a lazy afternoon and eating ice cream on the park is just a couple of the wonderful things about spring. And for many an entrepreneurial home owner, it also means one thing: spring cleaning! Whether it may be calling for a Plumber in Harrow or fixing your Heating in Ealing, this is really the best time to crack your knuckles and do some chores!

    However, lest you be carried away with all the renewed vigour which only spring can bring, you also have to remember that fixing certain areas of your household should entail careful planning… even if it’s something as “minor” as painting!

    Painting can be very wasteful—if you don’t believe it, just ask your kids! For those who aren’t exactly experts at the art of mixing-and-matching colours which should match the paint on your wall or simply for your own personal preference, this can be a very frustrating part of the job since the act itself requires careful planning AND quick “value” judgment! Really, how are you supposed to know that there’s a difference between white and egg white?

    Of course, that’s why you’re reading this right now! If you don’t want to be accused of being wasteful in even such a menial task like painting, then here are tips you need to take note of before starting off painting into the sunset!

    • Be ready with your paint before you start.

    Sure, it’s tricky mixing paint by yourself, particularly if you have no idea how to even do it! But then, that’s what specialist paint shops are for! You can always asked for a pre-mixed paint product, and these shops will be more than happy to do the deed for you before you get home!

    The best part about this is that you don’t even have to stir the whole can yourself. Provided that you use the paint immediately after obtaining it, then the mixture will remain as fluid as the day it was manufactured! However, do be careful about opening the paint can. It’s recommended that a paint can opener is used for opening it instead of using a pointed instrument like a screwdriver or a knife; doing so will make it much harder for you to seal the can again because of the fact that you may have “altered” its structure in the process!

    • Minimize air coming in your paint.

    Yep, that’s confusing, wasn’t it? If you’re wondering how the heck you cannot introduce air into the mixture even when it’s clear that you’ll be exposing the whole can to it, then you’re not thinking outside the can… err, the box! For one, you only need to open the paint can once and pour the necessary amount into a separate container or a paint roller. If you do that, then you can certainly minimize the presence of air inside the can which will harden the whole mixture otherwise!

    But for purposes where you frequently need to open the can—like mixing paints, for example—then here’s a quick-easy tip for it: as much as possible, do not shake, move, or agitate more than what is deemed necessary for the task! For one, you only need to mix the paint gently in a rotating fashion for you to avoid the introduction of air particles into the liquid. If you find that the whole mixture is too thick for your liking, then pour an amount of paint into a SEPARATE container before you add water to it! Even the frequent dipping of your paintbrush in the can even cause air bubble to coalesce in the mixture! As long as you minimize contact with the paint can, the better things would get!

    Well, we hope the above was enough of a primer on how you can spend lesser time on cleaning up more than what a Plumber in Ealing does and doing some actual painting! Good luck for your project, and hope you have a good go at it!