Staining & Painting Assorted Household Surfaces to Save Money
Posted Mar 24th 2014 | By:
Paint has a way of renewing things and making them appear young again. This can be in the case of the walls in your home as well as the exterior of your home itself, but it does not have to stop there. Paint is more versatile than many people think and is therefore able to tackle more jobs than previously thought. All it takes to be able to paint surfaces you thought were previously unpaintable is a little ingenuity and the right set of supplies.
If metal objects are what you wish to paint, the first step in the process is eliminating rust. This can be done by using rust removal products or by good old fashioned manual labor. If you wish to banish rust manually, use a wire brush to scrub until it has been completely removed. Once this is done, give the metal surface a good cleaning with a solution such as mineral spirits and follow that with a primer containing a rust inhibitor to prevent the rust from returning. Once your primer dries, add the paint of your choice, ideally with high gloss enamel.
Aluminum, as in the case of siding, is something that not many people consider painting. Most often old siding is replaced when in truth it can be saved. The key to painting aluminum lies in the cleaning of it. Generally a degreaser will remove any residue that exists on aluminum but sometimes you might have to give it a scrub. Whether to prime or not depends on the condition of the siding; if bare metal is visible, priming is necessary. If not, paint your clean siding with acrylic latex paint in a satin finish to resemble the original look it once had.
Concrete surfaces can be painted or stained, based on location and the condition they are in at the time. Staining concrete is beneficial because the stain itself will bond with the concrete to form a barrier that will not fade, flake, or peel like paint might. Staining can also be done in decorative finishes to enhance visual appeal. When staining, you can extend the longevity of your work by finishing with a clear coat. Painting, on the other hand, will give you a more uniform look capable of hiding imperfections. Depending on the location of your concrete, you can also purchase paint with waterproof qualities and mildew resistance which are useful in areas such as basements where moisture can be a problem. Before staining or painting concrete surface, ensure cleanliness and dryness prior to beginning your application.
Plastic finishes probably do not exist in your walls or floors, but plastic items surely do. Your improvement options do not have to end with the structure of your home itself and can go on to include things such as patio furniture and yard dcor or even the toys your children enjoy. Since plastic is being discarded into landfills at an alarming rate, giving new life to old plastic items and reusing/repurposing them means one less thing in the trash. When the time comes to paint your plastic items, make sure they are first thoroughly cleaned with paint remover in order to guarantee adherence. Once this dries, apply a couple of coats of paint specially formulated for plastic. Multiple coats will help guard against drips and runs, and when the paint dries the item will be ready to be put back into use looking good as new.
For many of us, budget is always on the brain. Having excess money to spend is not always possible, which makes replacing or renovating big ticket items around the house difficult at best. The good news is that it does not always have to be about replacement-it can be about renewal. With your choice of paint or stain, you can save money and avoid breaking the bank while still being able to give old items the chance to shine like new again.
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