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House Painting San Ramon: How to Paint Textured Walls

When you’re house painting San Ramon, you may not realize painting textured walls is often more complicated than painting smooth surfaces. You will definitely want to pay particular attention to a textured surface while painting a textured and rough surface — whether it’s stucco, brick, or surfaces with a plastered texture.

A regular paintbrush or a roller just won’t work when painting textured walls. You need the right tools for your job, as well as a somewhat different painting approach.

Considering you’re having textured walls to paint, you must also consider what type of paints you are going to use. Choose semi-glossy alkyd paint over latex or water-based flat paints for painting textured walls. Textured surfaces will draw in more dirt and dust, so therefore covering them with semi-glossy paints will make the walls easier to clean compared to using flat paints. Plus, semi-gloss paints won’t be also prone to absorption by the textured surface, unlike water-based paints.

Consider the three common techniques of painting textured surfaces:

1. Painting by using a paintbrush
A wide paintbrush is usually preferable over smaller, narrower ones when you have to paint rough walls. Since you’ll be using alkyd paint, choose a brush with natural bristles — soft ones that are made from natural animal fur such as a camel’s. Don’t choose a brush with synthetic bristles, which is used for water-based paints.

To paint the textured walls while using a paintbrush, start painting in one, diagonal direction, and then the other. In this manner, the paint will cover every part of the surface. Painting in diagonal directions will minimize brush strokes.

2. Painting by using a paint roller
You must look how “textured” your surface is and that will help you decide in choosing the type of roller you’re going to use.

  • Walls with enough amount of texture – a roller with a 1/2 nap
  • Walls with an even rougher texture – a roller with a 3/4 nap or longer

Begin painting by doing overlapping vertical strokes. If this technique is still not enough to cover the rough surfaces then begin it instead by rolling with a “V” pattern, and then proceed by painting it with vertical strokes.

The great thing about rollers is that they hold more paint than a paintbrush does, even as you roll it on the textured surface. Painting with rollers will also eliminate the chances of small splashes of paint, unlike painting with a paintbrush.

Now that you’ve rolled the entire wall, then inspect areas that hold extra paint. Once you’ve noticed that they excessive paint, roll it off but this time — but this time using with a new roller.

3. Painting by using an airless sprayer
Start by spraying the textured walls horizontally measuring around 4 feet (or 1.2 meters). Coat it with another spray, but this time about 50% of the amount of paint from the first spray.

Use the sprayer slowly and deliberately to ensure proper coverage. If you spray too fast, you won’t be able to cover the entire textured surface. If you otherwise spray too slowly, it will cause the paint to drip.

As indicated earlier, textured surfaces need particular attention when painting them. Whether you decide to use any of the three methods mentioned above, extra care should still be exercised in order to achieve a professional-looking and even result that you have always desired. Not applying the paint well will result in a considerable mess, and you will have to spend unnecessary extra time, paint and cost to correct any errors.

If you want more tips about painting textured surfaces, call a professional, licensed painting contractor like the team at Custom Painting, Inc. Only such contractors will be able to give homeowners wise tips and tricks about house painting in San Ramon.

House Painting in San Ramon: Can Paint Alter a Room’s Size?

Sure, the four walls of a room are just standing there and cannot be moved. House painting in San Ramon may not make your walls move, but it can otherwise create a visual illusion that makes your room look larger or smaller, depending upon the paint treatment.

The eye has the tendency to view darker or warmer colors as closer and lighter or cooler colors as more distant. So using paints can actually trick the eye into seeing a remarkable change in the size, shape or form of a space. This method can be used to make the room more attractive, and allow highlighting the room’s more appealing features and as well as conceal the less agreeable parts.

Interior painting in San Ramon is mostly used to “alter” the size or shape of a room. If you paint a smaller room with a lighter color, it will make the space seem bigger. Conversely, if you paint a spacious room with darker colors, it will give the illusion of a receding space. When the room is painted with one color (monochrome), it gives an illusion of a seamless space so nothing will draw attention to the eye. It means that you have to keep the trim in the same color so that nothing will attract the eye’s attention. Using colors like blue and green will also boost the illusory distance of the walls. You may also want to shun things like borders, patterns or textures, anything that will be a stopping place for the eyes.

For a bigger space, using darker or warmer colors will make them appear smaller and snugger. You can also use borders, patterns, and textures, as well as painting different colors to the trim and baseboards to draw attention to the eyes. If you prefer, add a chair rail or a wainscoting. Paint the top half of the room with a different color, and then the lower half with another color.

Aside from making the room appear larger or smaller, painting can also make the shape of the room seem different. For instance, you can paint a low-ceiling room with vertical lines on the wall so that it will appear taller. Choosing to paint it with a darker color will also make it appear closer. If the room is long, you can paint it with horizontal stripes to help make it look wider. Using one color on a shorter room can also bring a focal point and will help “change” the form of a space.

It’s certain that you won’t be able to literally make the walls move, but you can trick the eye into seeing a room that it is bigger or smaller. House painting in San Ramon can help you in achieving the desired look of your space.

Tips to Paint Stucco When House Painting in San Ramon

House painting in San Ramon has its own share of formidable challenges — and one of them is painting stucco. Stucco is an excellent and cost-effective way to build a stylish house, it also keeps the space well-insulated. Compared to other surfaces, stucco needs only a bit of maintenance, which is another great thing about it. That’s why a lot of Californians love stucco for their homes. If you want to update the look of your stucco, then paint may be the answer.

Like other painting projects, properly cleaning and prepping the surface is still important for a successful paint finish. Having the right prep work done will always help ensure you are quite satisfied with the finished job. Of course, you will also want the paint and the stucco beneath it to become a low-maintenance surface, so it requires a proper planning as well.

The stucco should be first cleaned, then repaired (if it needs to be). If you see any surface flaws such as old peeling paint, then it must be fixed before repainting the surface. For more stubborn dirt, loose paint, grime as well as peeling paint, pressure washing can also be used. However, use it with caution; a pressure setting with a range between 1200 and 1500 pounds per square inch (PSI) is ideal. Extremely high pressure from the washer can damage stucco, as it is rather a soft kind of masonry.

Generally, water is all you need to clean stucco. However, if the stucco has more stubborn dirt such as rust or efflorescence, you should use water plus a detergent which is specifically formulated for masonry cleaning. You may also need to use a wire brush and a putty knife to gently clean and remove peeling paint off the stucco. While a pressure washer will remove most loose paint, it may not get rid of the all old paint.

Don’t overlook the spots where you see old paint, efflorescence or rust while you’re cleaning stucco, as these may mean moisture problems that may need major repairs rather than paint only. Especially efflorescence — it might indicate water has passed through the stucco and is causing the alkaline salts to appear on the surface.

After cleaning the surface, leave it to dry completely. Once dried (or cured in case of new stucco), check if there are any flaws that must be repaired. In case there are large flaws such as cracks or gaps, fill them with patching compound or a brush-grade elastomeric sealant. For smaller cracks, caulk will do. After applying the sealant or the caulk on the surface, leave it to dry completely. Sand off any excess dried sealant or caulk. Then use primer to prepare the surface — a primer will help the topcoat to adhere to the surface properly. An acrylic primer is highly recommended for best results.

Then finally, there’s the painting part! You shouldn’t use any paint for stucco. A high-quality, exterior masonry paint is recommended, with elastomeric paint being the best option. While elastomeric paint might be more when compared to regular paints, they are well worth the price. With elastomeric paints, you don’t need to prime the surface, or will only need minimum priming because elastomeric paints have a superior formulation that isn’t found in common paints. The coatings of the elastomeric paints adhere excellently to the stucco surface and have an excellent coverage that will even help conceal smaller surface flaws. The elastomeric paint’s flexibility will also help prevent the paint from the usual problems such as chipping, chalking or peeling. Unlike regular paints that tend to trap moisture, therefore allowing mold and mildew to breed on the surface, elastomeric paints do not.

There are some differences between applying paint on a smooth exterior surface and applying paint on stucco, however. While spraying may be the most common method of applying paint to most exteriors, this technique is not ideal for stucco. This is because spraying alone cannot cover the entire surface as it tends to miss the tiny cracks, pores, and texture “shadows.” If you do spray paint on the surface, then the next step should be back-rolling. This method uses a paint roller and is done after spraying paint to make sure all these tiny holes, are also filled with paint. When back-rolling, it’s ideal to use a fluffy, lamb’s wool roller cover. Use a roller with a 1 or 1-1/4 inch nap for smoother stuccos, and 1-1/2 inch nap for rougher stucco. Even if the first coat looks good, a second coat is still recommended. Stucco, in particular, needs the paint to have a nice film thickness to cover the tiny holes and pores.

Having excellent paints and materials to go along with proper cleaning, preparation and applying the paint on stucco will give you excellent and long-lasting results. This will surely make your house painting in San Ramon a positive and fulfilling experience.