6 Home Painting Tips
1. Tape All The Perimeters Carefully
Taping can be incredibly time-consuming, but it's worth taking the time to do it well. Use painters tape to line the edges along the ceilings, door frames, window frames, baseboards, light switches, and electrical outlets. If applied correctly, the tape will help you avoid getting the fresh paint in places it shouldn't be. Doing this extra work in the beginning will make a huge difference in the long run.
2. Prepare The Surface Before You Begin Painting
The urge to begin painting immediately can certainly be strong, but it's important to make sure all proper preparatory measures have been taken first. Wipe your walls down to rid them of any dust or cobwebs, and fill in any holes, chips, or dents. If you paint (or prime) without first making sure your walls are properly prepared, the paint may have trouble sticking to the walls.
If you are covering up a bold, bright, or dark color, primer will be your best friend. Primers come in neutral colors such as white or beige and are used to "prime" the walls for your new paint. Primer is much less expensive than paint, so you may want to apply several coats of primer before the new paint. By applying more coats of primer, you may be able to get away with fewer coats of the actual paint.
4. Cover The Floor In Drop Clothes
Some of the paint won't make it from the tray or cup all the way to the wall; a lot of it will fall to the floor in little (or big) drops. Rather than stressing about getting dried paint up off the floor, be proactive and cover the floor in drop cloths. If you don't have official drop cloths to use, old sheets or towels will work just as well.
5. Invest In A Telescoping Extension Pole For Your Roller
Painting the sections of wall that are within arm's reach is one thing, but painting the sections that are out of reach is another thing entirely. Many people use stepladders, but continually climbing up and down and readjusting the stepladders' position can become very tedious. Opting for a telescoping extension pole for your paint roller can make your job much easier.
6. Store Your Materials Temporarily By Covering Them In Plastic Food Wrap
If you're working on a paint job that will take you several days, you shouldn't have to clean everything up and wash out all of your brushes every single day. Instead, wrap your brushes and other tools tightly in plastic wrap to create an airtight seal. Once sealed, place the brushes in the fridge overnight. Pull them out of the fridge about thirty minutes before you plan to begin painting the next day, and they'll be ready to go!
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