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I have done a lot of online research over the years about some of the details and instructions for interior house painting. I'm putting it out there that a lot of the information that one would find on the Internet is just plain wrong.

This Painting Blog tries to help provide better painting information so hopefully it will be useful for both homeowners and other painting contractors alike.

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How to Store Leftover Paint

What always happens when you finish a painting project, is that there is paint leftover. This isn't such a bad thing, though, since it is not unlikely you'll want a bit more for touch-ups or matching a detail in some other area. The key to storing leftover paint is to limit air exposure, and temperature since evaporation and freezing are how paint dries and becomes unusable.

In order to keep your leftover paint from drying, always cover the can unless you are actively using it. Be careful not to get the rim full of paint, as that can prevent it from sealing properly. Once you have used at least a quarter of the can, there begins to be a good amount of air inside it, even when closed. Use a clean plastic bag and lay it flat on the open can, then gently and evenly push it down until it contacts the paint. Now put on the lid over the plastic. This way there is a barrier between the surface of the paint and the air in the can.

Another option, especially if there is not much paint left in the can, is to pour it into a different plastic container. Anything with a lid will work, such as, tupperware, water bottles, and yogurt containers. just don't confuse the leftover paint with your leftover dinner and stick it in the microwave! Use the container that will hold the paint adequately but minimize the amount of air. One advantage to a water bottle is that you can squeeze out the air before screwing the lid on, thus eliminating all air that would ruin your paint!

Davinci's Painting is very well established painting company in Washington DC. We provide both Residential Exterior and Interior Painting Services.

Wood Deterioration and Replacement

Many Homes that were built within the last 2 decades in Northern Virginia were mass produced and, as a result, there is usually a need to replace wood trim that was of low grade, or which was installed poorly. Moreover, a sub-par roofing job provided by the original Builder will almost always lead to problems with the Wood Trim and paint that was designed to protect it.

We recently just replace parts of a Fascia Board that had deterioration because the drip edge of the shingles were installed flush with the fascia boards. To add to the deterioration problem our Carpenter discovered additional deterioration within the actual framing. There was evidence of leaking within the attic and obvious rotted Facia Board Trim that all needed to be replaced on the Exterior.

The Homeowner wanted to preserve the original features of Home, specifically, the Porch. My take preference would be to replace the rotted wood with wood. However, everyone was concerned about the long-term maintenance. We ended up installing installing new Gutters under the drip edge, so that should fix the problem with water flowing over the fascia. We then thoroughly examined the remaining Wood Trim of the Exterior and I am very confident that this Homeowner will not have additional carpentry issues in the future.