- How long does the odor reducing benefit in Refresh™ paint last?
- The longevity will depend on odor concentration, frequency of exposure and the amount of surface area painted. Some field tests have been in process for well over one year and the technology is still reducing odor.
- How does the odor reducing technology in Refresh™ paint work?
- Odors are gases or vapors that we breath in. Refresh™ paint contains proven odor reducing technologies that remove these vapors from the air. Through natural airflow, the odor vapors come in contact with the walls and are locked within the paint film.
- Where do the odors go after painting with Refresh™ paint?
- The odor vapors are captured in the paint film and locked away. Testing has been done to show that washing or damaging the paint will not release the odors.
- Since the Refresh™ captures the odors, will my walls smell?
- Testing has been done to show that washing or damaging the paint will not release the odors. Your walls will not smell.
- Do I need to paint the walls and ceiling with Refresh™ paint for odor reducing to work?
- The more surface area you cover with Refresh™ paint, the better the technology works to reduce odors. Odor vapors circulate through natural airflow and are captured in the paint film when they come in contact with the painted surface. Painting the ceiling helps increase the amount of surface area available to capture and lock away odor vapors.
- How can I best prepare my walls before painting?
This depends on the condition of the surface you are painting. As a general rule, walls should be clean, dry and dull.
Walls that have never been painted should have a primer applied before painting. For previously painted walls, thoroughly wash them with a mild soap and water solution, then rinse with clean water. If your existing surface was painted previously with semi-gloss or gloss paint, the surface should be lightly sanded* to a duller finish, and all sanding dust removed.
If there is loose or peeling paint scraping and sanding* of the affected area is needed. Scrub all surfaces to remove all dirt, grease, oil, etc. Rinse surface well and allow to dry. Apply appropriate patching material to cracks, nail holes, or other surface imperfections, sand* smooth, and remove sanding dust.
If the walls have not been painted in five years or longer, or if they are stained, a primer should be used.
Visit our Start Your Project section for more tips on preparing to paint.
- Why do I need to use a primer?
Dutch Boy® primers are specifically formulated to seal porous surfaces, block stains, as well as to insure the proper adhesion of the topcoat and produce the best possible coverage.
Learn more about Primers.
- What is the proper order to be following when painting a room?
When painting a room,
- the ceiling should be painted first,
- followed by the walls,
- then the trim (including doors and windows)
- and finally the baseboards.
- How much paint do I need?
To achieve optimal coverage, paint should be applied at a maximum of 400 square feet per gallon. Rough or textured surfaces may require more paint. On these areas allow for 125-300 square feet per gallon. Do not thin.
Visit our Paint Calculator to determine how much paint you need for your project.
- When should I paint?
Room and surface temperature should be between 50 and 85 degrees. Paint dries best between 65F and 85F.
Allow at least 4 hours of drying time before recoating.
- How do I take care of my freshly painted surface?
Freshly painted surfaces may be washed after 30 days. Avoid touching, wiping, or wetting any freshly painted surface for 30 days. After that time dirt and stains may be removed with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and water.
Do not place objects on windowsills and shelves until paint is thoroughly dry.
- Can I paint directly over wallpaper?
Painting over wallpaper is not recommended.
However, if you need to paint over a wall covering it is very important to properly prepare the surface. Be sure to remove any loose wallpaper, scuff sand* the surface, then apply Dutch Boy interior oil-based primer.
- Can I apply latex paint over oil-based paint?
Be sure to prepare the surface properly before painting. Oil-based paints should be sanded to a flat finish before painting. Thoroughly rinse to surface to remove sanding dust and dirt, then apply Dutch Boy oil-based primer and the desired Dutch Boy latex paint.
- Can I apply paint directly over a semi-gloss or gloss paint?
Semi-gloss paint must be dulled to a flat finish by sanding.
- How long should I wait before applying a second coat of paint?
A second coat of latex paint may be applied 4 hours after the first coat.
With oil-based paint, you should wait 24 hours between coats.
- Can I use exterior paint on the inside of my house?
Exterior paints are formulated to be more flexible to withstand temperature and climate changes.
Removal of old finishes by sanding, scraping, or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment, such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.