Part 2: All the House Painting Advice You Need in One Guide!

We’re back with part 2 of our ultimate house painter’s guide, giving you all the advice you need for a do-it-yourself paint project! From handy information on how to save money on paints, to tackling challenges when painting exterior walls; PaintMates is here to help you all the way!

If you missed the Part 1 you can read here Part 1: All the House Painting Advice You Need in One Guide!

So, with that firm reassurance, let’s get on with part 2, shall well?

How to Save Money When Buying Paint

Quality house paint doesn’t come cheap. However, professionals always recommend purchasing high end options as the quality and longevity of the finish is worth every extra penny! On the other hand, some of you may be on a tight budget but still on the lookout for paint that will stand the test of time. Well, here are some awesome tips to help you cut down on your paint expense:

  • Enlist the help of a professional when buying paint to ensure that you don’t buy more than you need. In case of paint colours or types that are hard to find, ask the clerk at the hardware store if they can hold on to a tin or two just in case you need more.
  • Look for used paint tins that have been returned to the hardware store. Many individuals return paint or sell left over paint back to the hardware store which, in turn, is sold at a much lower rate to new customers.
  • Look for coupons online. Generally, you will find coupons offered on a paint seller’s website, along with some good discounts on high-quality paints.
  • Make use of free samples! Many hardware stores offer free samples that are great for small projects or simply help to cut costs by reducing the amount of paint needed.
  • Tint the primer using your chosen paint colour to limit the coats needed to one or two, at maximum.

“What’s the Difference Between Latex and Oil Paint?”

A lot of people wonder what separates latex from oil paint and when/why either option is more suitable to use. Here are some distinct differences to help you decide:

  • Latex is a water-based based paint; oil is naturally oil-based
  • Latex is more liquidy; oil is thick
  • Latex is prone to staining as compared to oil
  • The finish of latex is typically matte or glossy, however, oil has a smoother gloss finish
  • The smell of latex is milder than oil; the latter contains more toxic fumes
  • Most latex paints are cheaper than oil paints
  • Latex does not peel or chip as easily as oil
  • Most latex paints don’t require a primer whereas oil typically does
  • Latex paint dries up much faster than oil paint

“Can I Paint Over My Wood Paneling?”

Yes, why not! Many homeowners choose to paint wood paneling to match existing colours around the room; however, there are a few things you should know before painting wood paneling that has previously been stained or varnished. Here is a quick guide to help you get this do-it-yourself paint project right:

  • Strip the wood of its existing finish by sanding it down; it you find that the wood has a mild sheen even after the varnish appears to be removed, continue sanding until the surface is dull. If needed, use a deglosser or chemical stripper. This is necessary for the paint to stick to the wood properly.
  • Clean the surface with mild soap detergent and water using a scrub brush. Wipe over the surface with a damp cloth to remove the cleaner.
  • Allow the wood to dry completely; this typically takes 48 hours or more.
  • Use an oil-based primer for your wood paneling; a thin layer applied with a paint brush is recommended.
  • Wait for the primer to dry properly before painted over it.

Challenges When Painting Exterior Walls

Do-it-yourself painting of exterior walls is no walk in the park! Right from prepping, to painting; it’s a whole lot of work that comes with its own set of challenges. Because it is outdoors, weather conditions are a huge factor to consider. So, before you plan to paint an exterior wall, consider these potential problems:

  • High Heat – This plays a major role in the outcome of the finish, as well as the paint process in general. Particularly when using latex paints, the water tends to evaporate quickly, leaving the paint to thicken. Apart from this, drying of paint on the brush or roller can spoil the overall finish of the paint job.
  • Rain – For obvious reasons you can’t paint in the rain! However, a sudden shower can also cause a lot of damage to recently painted exterior walls if they haven’t dried up completely. On the other hand, if it rains before you begin painting, you will have to wait a longer time for the walls to dry and prep them again before painting.
  • Strong Winds – It is unsafe to climb up scaffolding or ladders when there are strong winds. The breeze will also dry up the paint too quickly which means you have to paint faster than usual! Apart from this, strong winds can unsettle dust and debris which will cling to wet paint and dull the finish.

How to Save Paint – During and After a Project

Sometimes we are oblivious to the manner in which we handle paint tins. For example, if you leave the tin open for too long, the prolonged exposure to air will thicken and harden the paint. With that said, here are a couple of dos and don’ts to save paint during and after a paint project:


  • Open the tin only when needed
  • Use the stirrer slowly in order to minimise the amount of air that gets mixed with paint; remove the stirrer and close the lid as quickly as possible
  • Pour small amounts of paint into your roller pan or mixing container
  • Remember to clean the rim of the tin each time you pour some paint out so that the lid sits properly to seal the tin
  • Avoid diluting the paint in the tin; if it is too thick, pour out a small amount and dilute it in a container


  • Make sure that the rim is thoroughly cleaned before you close and store
  • To avoid a film forming on top of the paint, spread a piece of cling wrap over it; this will also prevent air contact with the pain
  • For small amounts of paint left in big tins, empty it out into a smaller tin or a 100% sealable container to reduce the amount of air inside
  • Label the paint so that you don’t have to open it for a quick look
  • Store leftover paint in a cool, dark place

And with that, we conclude this ultimate guide for all house painting related advice! If you have any questions or paint projects you’d like handled professionally, please feel free to contact us!

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