Serving the Orange County area
PAINT • SUNDRIES • CARPET • WOOD • TILE • STONE
6560 Westminster Blvd., Westminster • CA • 92683

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Tips-Ideas


       
       

tips & ideas

To help you do the job right the first time,
here are a few pointers. Think of it as
"Paint 101". Followed by links to websites
for inspiration and color ideas.

  
       

Paint Types ~
  Primer -
The first coat for any unpainted or untreated surface. Seals the surface, prolongs the wet edge as you paint and promotes better paint adhesion.
  Latex Paint -   Water-based, easy to apply, quick to dry and cleans up with soap and water.


Prep ~
  The most important and time consuming part of painting. A clean, dry well-primed surface makes for a long-lasting paint job.

Priming ~
  Priming covers stains, seals the surface, prolong the wet edge as you paint the finish coat and ensures a uniform color and finish.

Painting ~
  Start with the ceilings; then do the walls, working from top to bottom. Always work quickly enough to maintain a "wet edge" between sections. Leave the trim for last.


       








Paint Finishes ~
  Flat -  A no-shine finish that absorbs light rather than relecting it. Masks surface imperfections and irregularities. Used on walls and ceiling. Not good for high traffic areas.
  Matte -  A no-shine alternative to flat. Used on walls in areas where you want a washable flat finish.
  Eggshell / Pearl - A slightly satiny sheen, making it more resistant to stains and more amenable to washing than flat paint. A popular finish for walls.
  Semi-gloss -  Shiny without looking wet. A good choice for trim, doors and windows. Can stand up to frequent washing. Also used in bathrooms, kitchen and on cupboards.
  High-gloss -  The shiniest finish available. Usually used for emphasizing doors and trim. The higher the sheen, the more imperfections will show.


Disposing of paint ~
 
Let empty paint cans air dry for a few days with the lids off, then dispose of them with your regular trash. Cans containing a small amount of paint can be left to dry out with the lids off or the paint poured into a cardboard box containing shredded paper or cat litter and left to dry, then disposed of with your regular trash. Cans with too much paint to dry efficiently should be sealed and stored until your next hazardous waste collection day. For local disposal in the Westminster - Huntington Beach area contact Rainbow Disposal.





Color Inspiration ~

Finding the right color is important.
For color ideas and interactive
apps, visit Benjamin Moore's
Explore Color or Pittsburgh's
Voice of Color


  

Benjamin Moore
Explore Color


Color Gallery Image

Pittsburgh's
Voice of Color





           


           

Samples ~


 
Trying out color is a smart choice before
  committing to the time and expense of
  painting an entire room.
  Color samples are available for you to
  "try out" a color. We carry the
 
Benjamin Moore 16 oz. samples.

Faux Finishes ~

We carry the Benjamin Moore
line of Studio Finishes to help
you create your personal style.
Metallic, glazes, glitter paint,
chalkboard paint, sand texture
and glow in the dark.