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Painting Season Begins

April 18, 2013
By DANIEL DORSCH - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

People can add more color to their lives this spring as local paint merchants and experts announce the weather is finally well-suited for painting projects inside and outside.

"Now that we have warm weather, the time has come," Rich Delprato, store manager for Westmoreland Supply ColorCafe along National Road in Wheeling, said. "If people really wanted to get started now, they could."

Delprado said the perfect temperature for painting is between about 50 and 85 degrees Farenheit, which he said should be the regular temperature range in the Ohio Valley for the next few months. He said there could be another frost or two before the month's end but the temperature should seldom reach that low for the rest of the season. '

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Local resident Kathy Philipps shops for a specific shade of paint during a visit to Lowe’s.

Photo by Daniel Dorsch

Jim Kearns of ACE Hardware along W.Va. 2 in Moundsville agreed.

"It's better to wait until it gets warmer," Kearns said. "It has to get to at least 60 or 70."

Eric Ritchie of Lowe's in Wheeling said even if people have not started their painting projects yet, early spring is a good time to initiate preparations for painting.

"The first step in painting is to clean," Ritchie said. He said power washing is ideal for really grimy or otherwise dirty outdoor paint projects. Indoors, he said walls should be scrubbed and tape and dropcloths should be employed to protect areas that need kept clean.

Ritchie also stressed the importance of primer when painting outdoors or in an unorthodox setting, since primer makes paint adhere better and stay. He said a lot of paints now automatically contain a primer for that purpose to save the extra effort.

With plants and flowers flourishing and coming into bloom, a few corresponding patterns also arose in the sorts of paints people are buying.

"Pastels are very popular in spring," Ritchie said. "This time of year, we get a lot of reds, yellows and greens. People want color, but bright."

"We've been seeing a lot of tans," Kearns said. "It's been a lot of lighter colors."

A variety of trends struck Delprado, both practical and whimsical.

"Around here, there's still a lot of white trim with all the red brick," Delprado said. "Beige tones and grays are making a comeback with siding. It's kind of wide open."

Television designers push for more usage of vibrant colors, according to Delprado, but he said he encourages people to really think over their color choices before they buy several cans of one color to make sure the color will work for them.

"It still comes down to what they like though," Delprado said.

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