Finding Your True Colors

Once applied, paint color may look a little different than it appeared on the small sample paper in the store. To avoid disappointment and extra work, buy only a sample size of the color you want to use and paint it on a foam board. Place the painted board in different spots in a room to see how natural and artificial lighting affects the color. The cost of a sample is usually around $4-$5.

How Much Paint to Buy

We recommend one gallon for every 400 square feet. Textured, rough or unprimed surfaces may require more.

Eco-friendly Paint

Some types of paint can release small amounts of toxic gas into the air for years after it has been applied. Choose paint with low VOC’s - these are often identified with a green seal. Ask Gothamhill about “green painting” products for your home or business in Endicott.

Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance


Remember to clean walls, ceilings and all surfaces with a simple solution of TSP and water before painting. Rinse lightly and allow to dry overnight. Dust and brush baseboards, trim and crown moldings before taping. Sand all surfaces (especially if textured) for best results.

Tape and Floor Protection:

Overlap tape at the edges to avoid seepage and seal tightly. Drop cloths or old sheets are best for protecting floors from paint splatter. Plastic sheets can get slippery and cause hazards. As an alternative to taping, use a good quality painter’s edger to save time.

Touch Up:

If touching up a small spot in the middle of a wall, use a 'whizzy' 4" small roller and feather out the edges into existing wall. If you have to buy new paint and it is a mixed color at the store, you will most likely have to paint 'end to end'. Your touch up will have to be the entire wall or large section thereof.


Use nylon and synthetic brushes for latex paint. Oil-based paint performs better with natural bristles like ox hair. Clean latex paint from brushes immediately after use with soap and water. Oil based paint brushes require paint thinner. Wrap brushes in plastic, seal with a rubber band and hang upside down to maintain shape.


Use spackle to fill in any holes and cracks prior to painting using a wide, flat blade tool. Let dry, sand until smooth and apply primer to each spot.


Tape screws to the base covers when removing electrical outlet covers for a much neater job. Apply tape over the outlet switch.

Allow for Sufficient Drying Time/Washing paint:

Wait at least 24 hours before bringing furniture back into a freshly painted room. Paint generally takes 30 days for a full cure. If you need to wash prior, do so with the least harsh chemical and work your way up until the area in question is clean, using the least amount of scrubbing. Order generally (water> murphy's oil soap> window cleaner> fantastic). Depends upon what you are cleaning.

QUICK TIP: If you take a break while painting, cover rollers in plastic wrap and refrigerate so they won’t dry up.

For more tips on painting your residential or commercial property in Endicott call Gothamhill at (607) 343-8051.