Ask Danny | Ep. 3: Answers on All Things Painting

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In this episode of “Ask Danny,” Tracey Amadio delivers her recommendations and methods for painting.


In Episode 3 of “Ask Danny,” painting professional Tracey Amadio shares her tips and methods for finding the best paint work. 


Tracey Amadio of Porch Daydreamer
Tracey Amadio, a.k.a. the “Queen of Painting Everything” is passionate about portray! (Courtesy Tracey Amadio)

About Tracey Amadio

Tracey Amadio is passionate about painting. She uses knowledge from her home enhancement vocation to educate Do it yourself tasks, property style, and portray strategies on her web site Porchdaydreamer.com.

Tracey’s fans have crowned her the “The Queen of Painting Everything” mainly because there is absolutely nothing she won’t paint!

Her superpower of colour memory and prolonged record of coloration trend evaluation is merged to locate the excellent paint hues for you.

Her mission is to choose the agony out of painting and decorating with her easy-to-comprehend tutorials.

Tracey was named a 2021 Far better Properties & Gardens Stylemaker and her do the job has been showcased in HGTV, Far better Properties & Gardens, Fantastic Housekeeping, State Residing, Condominium Remedy and much more.


Open paint cans of white, blue and green on a wood background
Color pigments, additives, resins and carriers determine the price tag of paint. (annastories)

Paint Rates

Why is some paint considerably additional costly than other manufacturers and types?

Tracey: Price matters… to a place.

Quite a few householders only concentration on the paint colour and do not feel about what’s mixed in with the coloration pigments. Resins, additives and carriers — like drinking water and oil — are critical components that will make paint extra high-priced. 

Greater-quality pigments and resins will make the cost go up, but you’ll have greater coverage. The middle cost place is the greatest possibility to select. 

Don’t forget: High quality perception is dictated by the particular person who’s employing the paint. A professional might want a thinner paint because they’ll be making use of a sprayer, but a homeowner ordinarily wishes a thicker paint simply because they’ll be masking a wall with a different coloration or painting a piece of household furniture. 

Shelling out a tiny additional on that much better paint is going to give you an less difficult application and fewer brush strokes. Also, the paint will dry to a better, far more long lasting complete.


Hands holding up a sample of paint color swatches against a wall of paint swatches
Selecting a paint color can be frustrating. Find an object to commence your shade palette and do the job from there. (Feverpitched, Getty Images)

Selecting a Shade

Can you offer some steerage on how to opt for a paint color?

Tracey: When picking a paint color, begin with the color you want to foundation your palette all over. It could be a piece of material, a rug, a plate, everything that will help you hone onto the coloration you want.

Take it to the store with you to pick the appropriate paint. Also foundation it on the quantity of light in the area, if it a darker as well pick a  lighter paint coloration and sop forth.

I have a cost-free tutorial you can obtain. 6 uncomplicated actions to choosing a paint coloration.

Also, think about the lights in the place you are portray. If you have a dark area, lighter paint, if you have a mild room, you can go with a darker paint coloration, a mid-price paint is going to be finest for most people today.  

Immediately after you have an notion of what coloration you want, buy a foam board and paint it with samples so you can go it all around the home to see if it will work for you. 

Consider your time determining just before you choose a color. See how the colour samples look at various situations of the day. 


Hand painting wall trim with a paintbrush
A satin or semi-gloss sheen is most effective for trim and molding. (JodiJacobson, Getty Images Signature)

Selecting Sheen

What are the different varieties of sheen, and how need to you choose a person? 

Tracey: I used to work at a paint desk, and I would frequently see the “deer in headlights” seem when I asked what sheen a person wanted. 

Sheen issues! It is truly more significant than coloration. 

There are 5 varieties of sheen: flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and large-gloss. To identify what sheen you need, consider the space or task you’re painting.

If you are portray a ceiling, you want a very low-reflective paint to conceal any imperfections, specifically where by the joints match up. A flat sheen is best for this. 

For walls, you want a increased sheen, like eggshell. Cooking splatters and accidental spills happen, so you want a end that is washer-friendly. 

When you scrub a flat paint, it burnishes it and helps make it shiny. Flat paint is good for touchups but not for large-website traffic spots the place you will need scrutability and durability.

The bigger the sheen, the tougher the paint will be when it dries. I typically proposed satin, at minimum, or semi-gloss for trim and molding. These sheens are nevertheless wipable but they’re much more resilient, so they’ll stand up to scuffing and jarring. 

I don’t propose a substantial-gloss paint. The far more reflective a paint is, the far more flaws it’s heading to present. It is also really hard to use, so I would depart that to a skilled.


Paint brush swiping deep blue paint over faded blue paint on a wood wall
Exterior and inside paint can’t be interchanged. Usually paint the exterior of your property with a paint rated for outside use. (Susie Hedberg, Getty Illustrations or photos)

Exterior Portray

What temperature is finest for painting a home’s exterior?

Tracey: Most of the time, exterior paint simply cannot be applied in temperatures beneath 55-50 levels Fahrenheit. You want to paint outside the house when there’s reduced humidity and the temperature is average — involving 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Paint has a lot of water in it, so the much more water in the air, the for a longer time time it will consider the paint to dry. Allow oneself a few sunny times, if probable, for the paint to dry.

When portray your home’s exterior, only use paint that is rated for exterior use. For the reason that exterior paint has to offer with temperature changes once it’s dry, it is fortified with particular resins and pigments for special longevity. It can broaden and contract to a diploma that interior paint are unable to.

The ideal paint for exterior use is acrylic latex. I steer obvious of oil paints for the exterior. Oil paint is not simple to thoroughly clean, and if you are using a white oil paint, it will yellow more than time due to the fact of the oil in it. 

Now, there is oil-enriched enamel paint that is h2o-dependent, so it’s straightforward to clean up with soap and h2o like acrylic latex. This paint has oil molecules suspended in just it, and as it dries, those people molecules activate to act like oil paint. The conclusion end result is a area that’s difficult and long lasting with all the added benefits and adaptability of latex paint. 


Black and green plastic outdoor furniture around a fire pit
Refresh plastic out of doors furnishings with a new coat of paint. (Jonathan Cooper/Pexels)

Portray Plastic

How do you paint plastic outside household furniture?

Tracey: I consider a dual tactic to painting plastic furniture. Implement a bonding primer spray very first, then deal with it with a normal spraypaint. 


Paint droplets on a beige carpet
(travellinglight, Getty Visuals)

Even Authorities Make Problems

Tracey: Even although I’m a paint professional, I from time to time go on the net to see what other individuals in the portray entire world are doing. 

About a year ago, I made a decision to paint my stair risers, which have been stained and closely polyurethaned. 

One blogger recommended liquid sandpaper, and I assumed that could conserve me a phase. I taped off the risers, utilized the liquid sandpaper and then painted on best of that.

When the paint was still moist, I pulled the tape off at a 90-degree angle. A total piece of film peeled ideal off the stair riser, and the full occupation was ruined! 

I acquired a hard lesson: Have confidence in my gut and go with what performs. Use a deglosser, then use a bonding primer, then use the paint.

My paint has stayed set and is vacuum-cleaner proof as perfectly!


Power sander sanding a wood board
Sand away any imperfections just before portray wood. (3 Echoes Articles Studio)

Tracey’s Guidelines

  • Hardly ever overlook good surface preparing. If you do, the paint will occur off. Get the surface area wonderful and clean up and sand any failing areas.
  • Use stain-blocking bonding primer if portray above a stain. If you really do not, the stain will increase up to the floor and build color inconsistencies.
  • Pay out focus to the re-coat time. A large amount of persons assume dry time and recoat time are the exact same. Ordinarily, recoat time is lengthier than dry time. If you really don’t wait around the suitable total of time advisable by the maker, the paint will stick to itself and in no way totally dry. You end up with seriously tacky, sticky paint which is almost unachievable to resolve.  

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