Wet Paint – Painting Tips

The HandyGuys Episode #2: Wet Paint!

Show Summary About Home Improvement

The Handyguys discuss HGTV’s 2008 home improvement guide by Brandie Malay.  The Handyguys like some of the suggestions in this article. A lot of improvements can be made to your house without spending a lot of money! Replacing old or outdated plumbing fixtures are a great way to spruce up the bathroom or kitchen. These refreshing updates are recommended whether you are planning to sell or live in your house for years to come!

The Handyguys respond to their first question regarding paint. The following question is asked:

Hey Handy Guys,
In the past month, I’ve heard two different cases of a wife picking a color from a paint sample and after the husband got 2 gallons (in one case) or 3 gallons (in the other) of the custom paint, it was generally agreed that the color was not right (too bright in both cases). Of course the paint could not be returned.
How is a guy to pick the right custom paint color without having to chalk up the first 2 gallons under the category of “lessons learned?”
Your loyal listener,
[For the full answer to this question, check out the podcast]

This is an age-old problem that any D-I-Y house painter has faced. The fact is that you are never sure how a paint will look until you get some on your walls under the lighting and structural conditions of your home…not the paint store! Listen to this podcast for some suggestions on how to address this dilemma. (Hint: try the stores where you can purchase small quantity paint containers).

The Handyguys also discuss why it is important to purchase good quality paint and paint brushes. They recommend checking out your local paint store for paint instead of the big box stores. Brian specifically recommends the Purdy angled brush for cutting in and for trim. Paint specialty stores typically have employees that know a lot about paint! They will give you the best advice about which paint to use for your project. Is the paint going to be more expensive than the big box store? Most likely… but it will also be better quality paint and the good advice will make your visit worthwhile. If you do not get good service, find another paint store.

8 thoughts on “Wet Paint – Painting Tips

  1. Hi Guys

    I left the voicemail about paint sprayers but not sure that I left my name – Garry Pycroft – or contact details :[email protected] , anyway I’d really like your guidance on what paint sprayer you would suggest for an 1800 sq ft home where I need to paint exterior and interior walls , fences and even concrete. I’ve seen some amazing work thats been done with painted concrete and would love some guidance on this.
    Looking at the sprayers I’m lost as to whether I should go for an “airless” system or not.


    1. Gary – Thanks for contacting The Handyguys Podcast. We got your voicemail.

      It sounds like you have a lot of painting of different types of surfaces. Sprayers work best, in my opinion, when you have someone come behind you and roll the paint while its still wet. This will give you a much better finish for most surfaces. You will also be using a wide variety of paints and stains. If you are going to get a sprayer I would get the most versatile one you could. The sprayer should be able to handle different types of materials and also support a roller attachment to eliminate a second person back rolling.

      This one comes to mind

      One thing to know about sprayers in general. There are different spray tips for different types of materials. The manual or the paint manufacturer should be able give you some guidance here. Also – make sure the paint is thoroughly mixed, no lumps, preferably strained before using it. The paint may also need to be thinned. Bottom line – make sure you read and follow all the directions to ensure you have a positive experience.

      Here is the roller attachment

      You can read more about it here

  2. You mentioned using a wire comb and/or wire mesh brush for cleaning paint brushes well and said you’d post pictures of these things on the blog, but I don’t see them.

    Is it possible you could add the pictures of these tools? I find that a lot of times when I go into a big box store and describe for a certain tool, sometimes the person I ask knows even less than I do, but if I know what it looks like ahead of time I’m all set.

    Thanks for a great podcast/blog!

  3. I would imagine it would be a huge pain to buy a bunch of paint and it turns on to not work with your room. This is another case where you have to be patient to make sure you get the right color for your room.

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