Tips and Tricks



When spackling nail holes, use your finger instead of a putty knife. This keeps the spackle only in the hole and doesn’t fill in the texture of the surrounding wall. Wipe off any excess spackle right away and there will be no need for sanding when the spackle is dry.


Very small holes in the drywall from thumb tacks will be filled from the paint on the roller. No need to spackle them in!


Don’t try to change the color of your wall with one coat of paint, even if the can says “one coat coverage”. Thin your paint with Floetrol or even water, (no more than 10%) and apply two “thin” coats rather than one heavy one. You’ll get much better results with only a little extra effort.


Think you are saving money by shopping at the Big Box Stores? Think again! Your local Dunn-Edwards store has all of the same items that you need for your painting project at substantial savings. Example: A box of 12’ by 400’ painter’s plastic at the hardware store typically runs about $28.00. Regular price at D.E. is less than $15.00. Find drop cloths, razor blades and other items at similar savings.


When preparing to paint laundry areas or bathroom cabinets, be sure to clean the surfaces of all remnants of soap or cleaners that may be on the shelves. Lightly sand glossy surfaces, and use a good quality primer to help to maintain good adhesion to these problem areas.


Don’t wait too long to paint outside wood trim such as fascia boards and window sills. The sun will give them a beating in short order, especially on the South and Western sides of the house. We recommend re-coating every five years or so to stay ahead of the damaging effects of living in the desert.


When having your wrought iron fences and gates painted, match them to the trim color on your house. Custom colors are no more trouble to apply than black or white, while giving your home a custom look that will enhance value and aesthetics.


Have the outside of your house pressure washed once a year. Keep cobwebs, wasp nests and just plain layers of dirt from accumulating on your stucco and eaves. Once you’ve invested in a good quality paint job, pressure washing will keep your house looking sharp.

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