Paint Drying and drying times

Paint Drying Machine

Paint Drying Machine - The REVO 180

A manufacturers’ quoted drying time is just a guide. It assumes the paint is applied correctly onto a well prepared surface, in normal temperature and humidity, subject to good ventilation. Only you know how the paint has been applied and in what conditions, so times will vary.

Try not to apply paint in extremes of temperature but if you do, you must except that you may not get a perfect finish, no matter how good the paint. Too cold or humid, it will take an age to dry, and if allowed to become wet or freeze, it
will ruin the finish.

Too hot, and you will quickly loose your wet edge, the paint surface will dry very quickly (possibly, in the time it takes to reload your roller or brush) and will look patchy. This can be a particular problem with modern high opacity emulsion paints, especially when painting a ceiling in the middle of a summer heat wave but it will also affect solvent and water-based trim (used on wood and metal) paints. In the case of a water-based paint, about 5% of water can be added to help extend the wet edge in such conditions.

Paint, when applied onto a nonporous surface, dries from the outside, in. The first drying stage is ‘Touch Dry’; this is when the paint appears not sticky to the lightest touch but still soft underneath. Paint will continue to harden as the carrier medium (this is either the solvent or water, which holds the paint in suspension) evaporates into the atmosphere. When the paint appears to be fully dry to the touch, this is known as the ‘Dry Time’ and the point at which the paint becomes ‘Recoatable’ (i.e. time quoted on the tin). This is the earliest point when a further coat can be applied without damaging the previous one. Whilst the paint appears to be dry, it is not hard and will continue to harden over a period of time. This is why we ask you not to wipe clean paint for at least 7 days after application. Some solvent based paints, depending on applied thickness, can take over a month to become fully dry, so don’t rub too hard.

Selecting and understanding Paint

Understanding PaintTraditionally, water-based paints were used on walls and ceilings, and solvent-based paints for wood and metal but times have changed. This article and others on this site should dispel that myth and give you an idea of the many paint varieties available, their preparation and uses.

Another thing to consider is that legislation is changing the way paints are formulated, so, the paint you are about to use may have subtly changed from that of a year ago. An example of this is the reduction in VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) in solvent based paints. This has the effect of increasing the drying time, no matter which brand you use, and because of this, it is very important you read the product instructions before use.

Coverage and drying times are only a guide, in real life, how the paint is applied, the porosity of the surface, ambient temperature, humidity and amount of ventilation will all have an effect.

The top ten Golden Rules of painting

The Top Ten Golden Rules of Painting

  1. Always read instructions on the paint can carefully and follow them
  2. Use access equipment properly. Don’t take short cuts
  3. Wear sensible clothing and, especially, masks or other items designed to protect you
  4. Use the right tools for the job.
  5. Select the correct paint for the purpose. An interior paint will not last long outside
  6. Only paint when conditions are suitable
  7. Two thin coats of paint are always better than one thick coat
  8. Clean utensils immediately after use. Do not allow paint to dry on brushes or rollers
  9. Plan the work carefully with your current project.
  10. Prepare surfaces properly. Bad preparation means a poor finish that will not last.

Handy Wickes Painting & Decoration Leaflet

Usually the first home improvement job undertaken by the average person is painting and decorating. Very often this is carried out by people with little or no past experience.

These jobs are attempted for numerous reasons, one of the most common being an urgent need to get a coat of paint onto unsightly woodwork or walls of a house just purchased. This leaflet from Wickes suggests decorating techniques and products that turn a quick cover job into one that you
can be proud of, without some of the usual problems and pitfalls.

It can be downloaded by clicking here.

Old Lead Paint Surfaces

Resources suggested by Stockbridge DecoratorsLead has been a valuable ally and contributor to mankind’s development over many years and still finds widespread uses in today’s modern world.
Lead, however, is poisonous to humans and, even though its use has declined substantially in recent years, there is a continuing need to ensure
that exposure to lead is minimised and adequately controlled to protect health.

Lead based pigments were once widely used in decorative paints, applied in and around homes and to other buildings. Whilst these pigments have
not been used for many decades in paints, old lead painted surfaces can still be found. Under certain circumstances, these represent one possible
source of exposure to lead.

UK decorative paint suppliers want to ensure that the public and professional painters and decorators continue to be aware of the potential
risks in homes, commercial properties and public buildings that are associated with exposure to old painted surfaces containing lead.

The adoption of the best practices, which protect decorators, and others likely to be affected by exposure to any disturbed old lead painted
surfaces, is a key requirement in the process of removal and repainting activities.
This booklet, which replaces earlier Paintmakers Association and British Coatings Federation publications on the subject of lead in decorative
paints, explains these hazards. It has been produced to reflect current understanding of the ways in which lead-containing paints can impact on
health, and how lead from old painted surfaces can get into the environment.

Guidance is provided on the ways in which exposure can be reduced when removing and renovating old lead painted surfaces.

Click here to download the Old Lead Painted Surfaces booklet from the British Coatings Federation.

Domestic Painting & Decorating

Every year thousands of homeowners hire professional painters and decorators. Using an experienced contractor like Stockbridge Decorators might seem more expensive than doing it yourself, but the time (and aggravation) saved by allowing a professional to step in is often worth the price. Do your homework, and your painting story, with us, is sure to have a happy ending.

Stockbridge Decorators offer the full range of painting and decorating services for private residential clients. We also have on-call all the ancillary trades like Joiner, Electrician, Plumber and Central Heating engineers when required.

Dining Room in Marchmont

Dining Room in Marchmont, Edinburgh

Preparation is the foundation

We believe that painting and decorating your home should be done with care and attention to detail to ensure that your your hard earned money produces a beautiful finish that lasts for many years to come. It is so often said that preparation is the foundation of a good job, and it really is the case. The difference between a good and bad job almost invariably relates to the amount of time spent preparing the work. Because of our vast and long experience in the trade, we take preparation seriously. Neglect at this stage can ruin the final appearance, but it can also result in more serious problems – paint beginning to flake or wallpaper beginning to peel.

Whether it be preparation of walls and ceilings, woodwork and trim, washing down old paint, sanding or simply, dusting down before painting we have you covered.

Unlike many of our competitors we take the time to prepare the surfaces to be decorated by removing any flaking paint and sanding and filling to ensure that the final finish is of the highest quality. We take great care to specify the best paints and materials for the surfaces to be decorated so you can be sure of a job well done – and one that will last.

Our Code:

  • We will provide you with a free detailed specification. We feel that it is important you receive a comprehensive decoration quotation incorporating all the work we will carry out.
  • We will provide a specification of the materials we would use. You should know what materials are being used and why they have been selected for your property.
  • We use only the best materials from the vast range of paints and coatings that are available and use only those best suited to your property to provide maximum durability and quality of finish. These are all covered by the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  • We will keep you informed as to whether any plant, equipment and materials are included in the price quoted.
  • We will be completely honest with you about all timings of the project and tell you how long the job will take, when we will start, what we require from you (i.e. access and security arrangements where applicable).
  • We will protect your furnishings and property and fully clean up when the job is finished.
  • We offer you peace of mind with our full Public Liability Insurance and Employee Liability Insurance.

If you’re in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, the Scottish Borders or indeed anywhere in Scotland, Stockbridge Painting and Decorating is happy to handle all your painting needs.

If you require any further information, please feel free to use our contact form or telephone us on 0131-392-6910.

Commercial Painting & Decorating

At Stockbridge Decorators we take our job seriously. Just because you require renovations like painting and decorating we understand that you still have a business to run. Over the years we have developed a broad base of business customers from landlords, offices, factories, supermarkets, nursing homes, leisure clubs, exhibitions to schools and local authority buildings . We have often been invited back for further work or contracted to complete a redecoration program lasting many months.

We’re seriously committed to being the very best commercial painting and decorating contractors so that we continue to exceed our clients’ expectations.

If you’re planning a total refurbishment of a retail outlet, restaurant or nursing home, or you need protective paints for a factory fit-out, at Stockbridge Decorators we have the skills and resources to meet you requirements. We use only the highest quality painting and decorating materials and our team are all highly skilled and experienced in all our specialist areas. We take great care to specify the best paints and materials for the surfaces to be decorated so you can be sure of a job well done – and one that will last.

Skills for a successful project
Stockbridge Decorators stands head and shoulders above other companies because as well as being able to offer the full range of painting and decorating services for our commercial clients, we also have on-call, all the ancillary trades like Joiner, Electrician, Window Specialists, Plumber and Central Heating engineers when required. We also have access to Architects and Interior Designers should the need arise.

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Our Code:

  • We will provide you with a free detailed specification. We feel that it is important you receive a comprehensive decoration quotation incorporating all the work we will carry out.
  • We will provide a specification of the materials we would use. You should know what materials are being used and why they have been selected for your property.
  • We use only the best materials from the vast range of paints and coatings that are available and use only those best suited to your property to provide maximum durability and quality of finish. These are all covered by the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  • We will keep you informed as to whether any plant, equipment and materials are included in the price quoted.
  • We will be completely honest with you about all timings of the project and tell you how long the job will take, when we will start, what we require from you (i.e. access and security arrangements where applicable).
  • We will protect your furnishings and property and fully clean up when the job is finished.
  • We offer you peace of mind with our full Public Liability Insurance and Employee Liability Insurance.

If you’re in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, the Scottish Borders or indeed anywhere in Scotland, Stockbridge Painting and Decorating is happy to handle all your painting needs.

If you require any further information, please feel free to use our contact form or telephone us on 0131-392-6910.

12th International Coatings Congress Issues Call for Papers

12th International Coatings CongressSÃO PAULO, Brazil – Technicians, professors, researchers and other professionals interested in presenting papers at the 12th International Coatings Congress may now submit their abstracts.

The Congress will be held Nov. 21-23, 2011, at the Transamerica Expo Center in São Paulo, Brazil. It is held in conjunction with the 12th International Exhibition of Coatings Industry Suppliers, as part of ABRAFATI 2011.

Those interested in presenting a lecture or participating in the poster session should submit an abstract by May 31, 2011, at www.abrafati2011.com.br.

New Paint Roller Paints Up to Two Times Faster Than Traditional Rollers

New Paint Roller "RapidRoller"Painting just got easier and cleaner with the innovative RapidRoller Paint Roller from Black & Decker.

Designed to alleviate consumer frustrations commonly associated with traditional paint rollers and trays, the RapidRoller provides a convenient, easy-to-use solution for painting projects, and helps consumers complete those projects up to two times faster than with traditional rollers.

Black and Decker say users will find the RapidRoller works like a traditional paint roller, and they will appreciate its added efficiency-focused features. These features include a handle that holds and dispenses paint and an exclusive three-position pivoting roller frame that allows users to paint up to the edge, in tough-to-reach corners and narrow locations like hallways, closets and bathrooms.

With the RapidRoller, reloading the roller is easy, saving time and helping keep the area clutter free by eliminating the need to fumble with a messy paint tray. Consumers can just continue to roll and feed paint as needed. And, with its unique EZ Fill System, filling the RapidRoller is as easy as 1-2-3. Simply place the fill lid on a standard paint can, draw paint from the can directly into the handle and squeeze the ratcheting trigger to dispense paint to the roller and onto the wall.

To keep the work area clean while the user is taking a break or working on cutting in, Black & Decker designed an exclusive kickstand for the RapidRoller. Consumers no longer have to set the roller in a tray of paint, balance it on a paint can or against a wall when taking a break.

“Painting has been among the most popular DIY projects for decades. Black & Decker is proud to provide a painting solution that solves common user frustrations,” said Steve Wiezorek, group product manager at Black & Decker. “The RapidRoller Paint Roller was designed with the customer in mind and helps speed up painting projects, eliminate trips to the paint tray and much more.”

The RapidRoller features a handful of other convenient features that provide users an enjoyable painting experience, including a ratcheting trigger paint advance for a controlled application, a snap-fit roller for a tight seal, a spatter shield for a clean roll and a non-shed roller for a lint-free finish.

The Black & Decker RapidRoller Paint Roller will be available in the spring of 2011 and will come with a two-year warranty.

New Dulux Trade Paint

Dulux Fast Matt Professional PaintDulux’s Trade division has launched a reformulated Fast Matt solution which improves the product range available for professional painters and decorators, helping them to achieve the highest standard of finish.

Included in the launch is a reformulated version of Dulux Trade Fast Matt together with Dulux Trade Supermatt, which provides a comprehensive solution for their customers, helping them to always shown off to its absolute best the finishes on new plasterwork and dry lining board.

The key benefits are:

  • A ready-for-use matt suitable for fresh plaster and dry-lining that offers easy application and gives less splatter.
  • Low sheen of product makes touch-up easy and gives an excellent finish.
  • Ideal for use in critical lighting conditions
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