Pre-dampen Brushes

When starring out, pre-dampen your brushes slightly before dipping into the paint. Slightly damp brushes apply paint more evenly. When working with latex paints, moisten with water: when applying oil-based paints, first dip them into paint thinner, then pat them with paper towels to remove excess thinner.
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Lead Paint Effects

If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from: damage to the brain and nervous system; behavior and learning problems; slowed growth, hearing problems and headaches. Adults can suffer from: difficulties during pregnancy; other reproductive problems, high blood pressure; digestive problems; nerve disorders; memory and concentration problems; muscle and joint pain.
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Interior vs. Exterior Paint

One of the most important things to be aware of is that paint is formulated for either interior use or exterior use, and they have different properties: Interior paint is formulated for: Scrubbability and stain resistance; Good hiding ability; Splatter resistance; Easy touch-up. Exterior paint is formulated for: Color retention; Resistance to fading; Flexibility to withstand expansion and contraction due to weather; To provide a mildew resistant coating; Resistance to tannin bleed. Don't think that you should use exterior paints indoors on the assumption that it is "tougher". In fact, some of the highest-grade exterior paints can be worse to use indoors than a lower-quality interior paint.
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Lead Paint Conditions

Lead-based paint is usually not a hazard if it is in good consition, and it is not an impact or friction surface, like a window. It is defined by the federal government as paint with lead levels greater that or equal to 1.0 milligram per square centimeter, or more than .5% by weight.
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Mixing Technique

Using a power drill and paddle attachment mechanizes the job of stirring paint, but it can cause splatters. One way to solve the problem is to use a paper plate. Punch a hole in the center of the plate and push the end of the paddle attachment through the hole before chucking it into your drill. Then hold the plate down over the open can while stirring.
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Paint Cleanup – Latex

Latex paint makes clean-up simple and fast: Clean any spills with a damp paper towel before they dry; Clean brushes, rollers and other tools with soap and water; Brushes should be paper-wrapped in a manner that retains their original shape before storing.
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Child Lead Check

To reduce your child's exposure to lead, get your child checked, have your home tested (especially if your home has paint in poor condition and was built before 1978), and fix any hazards you may have. Children's blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 12 months of age, and tend to peak at 18 to 24 months of age.
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