Quick Charts - fast reference


 

 
 
 
 

Quick chart - roller nap identification
1/4 inch fine or smooth surfaces. New walls, ceilings, wood doors and trim
3/8 inch smooth to lightly textured surfaces. Walls, floor finishes
1/2 inch medium rough surfaces. Walls, textured plaster, concrete
3/4 inch rough surfaces. Textured walls and ceilings, textured plaster, concrete

 

Quick Chart - using the proper paint sheen
Paint sheen recommended uses
Flat  finish
(matte finish)
Interior walls and ceilings
Eggshell finish
(low-lustre)
Interior walls. Proper sheen for most decorative finishes.
Satin  finish
(Pearl finish)
Trim, moldings, doors and windows. 
Floor finishes: such as clear varnishes and sealers over painted faux treatments
Furniture: Varnishes and sealers
Semi-gloss finish Trim, moldings, doors and windows
Kitchens and bath areas (areas requiring sanitary surfaces)
High gloss finish Kitchens and bath areas (areas requiring sanitary surfaces)

 

Quick chart - Sandpaper
30 grit extremely coarse
60 grit
80 grit
100 grit recommended for general purpose, drywall patches, furniture re-finishing
120 grit
180 grit
220 grit recommended for general purpose, furniture
240 grit
320 grit
400 grit recommended for fine finishing, polishing, gilding
600 grit
800 grit recommended for fine polishing, hand rubbed finishes and gilding
1000 grit
1200 grit
1600 grit extremely fine. Polishing, jewelry

 

Quick Chart - Paints
vehicle drying time thinner
solvent
clean-up durability
Oil slow mineral spirits mineral spirits strong
Alkyd slow mineral Spirits mineral Spirits strong
Acrylic fast water water medium
Body color fast water water medium
Casein fast water water medium
Enamel slow mineral spirits mineral spirits strong
Encaustic
wax painting
fast mineral spirits mineral spirits strong
Ink fast water water medium
Lacquer fast lacquer thinner lacquer thinner strong
Colored marker fast denatured alcohol denatured alcohol medium
Japan pigment fast mineral spirits mineral spirits strong
Watercolor fast water water medium
Gauche fast water water medium
Tempera paint fast water water medium
Spray paint fast see label see label medium

 

Quick Chart - Using the correct primer
Surface type of primer clean-up
solvent
Metal oil based
alkyd
mineral spirits
pigmented shellac denatured alcohol
Wood oil based
alkyd
mineral spirits
water based
latex
water with soap
pigmented shellac denatured alcohol
Plaster oil based
alkyd
mineral spirits
water based
latex
water with soap
pigmented shellac denatured alcohol
Stone & brick oil based
alkyd
mineral spirits
pigmented shellac denatured alcohol
Marble oil based
alkyd
mineral spirits
Linoleum oil based
alkyd
mineral spirits
tile & ceramic pigmented shellac denatured alcohol

 

Glazing pros and cons:
Glaze type Drying time Toxicity Clean-up Durability
Oil Slow High Thinners-messy High
Acrylic Fast Minimal Water - easy Medium

 

 

 


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