FINDING YOUR TRUE COLORS
Once applied, paint color may look a little different than it appeared on the small sample paper in the store. To avoid disappointment and extra work, buy only a quart of the color you want to use and paint it on a foam board. Place the painted board in different spots in a room to see how natural and artificial lighting affects the color.
OIL AND WATER DON’T MIX
Never apply latex, water-based paint on an oil finish and vice versa. If you’re not sure which type of paint is already on a surface, apply some rubbing alcohol to a dry white cloth and rub it on the surface or wall. If the paint softens and transfers to the cloth, it is water-based latex.
HOW MUCH PAINT TO BUY
We recommend one gallon for every 400 square feet. Textured, rough or pre-primed surfaces may require more.
Some types of paint can release small amounts of toxic gas into the air for years after it has been applied. Choose paint with low VOC’s - these are often identified with a green seal. Ask Painting By Christopher LLC about “green painting” products for your home or business in Fox Point.