By Kiersten Willis, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Troy Warren for CNT #HomeGarden
Painting may not be a task that you look forward to, but it can easily makeover a home.
When you’ve decided to give your abode a paint job, there are a few things you should stop believing.
Apartment Therapy spoke to contractors and experts to disprove some myths about painting. Here are three of them.
Myth: You shouldn’t paint in cold temperatures
It turns out that if you take precautions, you should be able to paint in cold temperatures.
According to Delaware-based paint store Ricciardi Brothers, modern developments have led most paint manufacturers to offer acrylic latex paints that can be applied in temperatures as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll want to keep in mind, though, that lower temperatures will lead to longer drying times.
Myth: You can save paint for later
Saving paint depends on a few factors. In some cases, you may want to throw it away if it’s been a while.
While some paint can be salvaged if it’s properly stored, Bob Vila says foul-smelling paint should be discarded. There are some ways you can reuse lumpy paint, such as using a paint strainer or skimming the film off the top. To increase the potential for reuse, store paint cans indoors, away from direct sunlight.
Myth: Any paint can be color-matched
While technology helps us color match paint, it’s not always recommended by experts.
“We never recommend paint color matches from one brand to another – results are rarely good,” The Color Conciergesaid. “If you need to use a specific paint company, find their version of the color that you want. Paint companies invest a lot of time and money to create proprietary paint color formulas. Some of them are complex, and hard to copy.”
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