Painting Your Home Like a Pro

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Painting Your Home Like a Pro

The warmer months are an excellent time to paint your home's interior walls. Use these tips from a painting contractor to do it like a pro:

 

 

Select Your Paint

❏ When picking color, keep the floor color in mind as paint will reflect it.

❏ Tighter places work well with lighter colors.

❏ Bright White has a tendency to show dirt & imperfections. Use a "Tinted White" or add a few drops of black or umber.

❏ Spend the extra money on good paint and equipment.

❏ Know your finish:

* Flat – Light Sheen (Gloss) – Walls

* Eggshell – Light Sheen – Walls – Washable

* Satin – Slight Sheen – Walls – Washable

* Semi-Gloss – Slight Sheen – Trim – Washable

* Gloss – High Sheen – Trim - Washable

 

Prep the Area

❏ Remove any hardware and fixtures from the walls.

❏ Patch holes and sand any rough surfaces.

❏ Caulk corners, trim and ceiling with a wet finger (keep a damp rag on hand) for smooth lines and a professional looking finish.

❏ Clean the walls. Use water, a little mild dishwashing detergent and a cellulose sponge. Don't forget to rinse to clear soap residue! Let dry completely.

❏ Put painter's blue tape over the trim and over window and door facings. Remove tape immediately after painting, so that you don't take the dried paint off with it.

❏ Cover the floor and furniture in the room with a drop cloth or plastic to protect from inevitable paint splatters.

❏ Prime the walls. Yes, even if your wall has been painted before. Before painting with a high sheen, prime with flat paint.

 

Insider Tips

❏ Use a brush in places you can't use a roller, such as around trim and at the corner of walls.

❏ Paint the trim last, if you're going to do it.

❏ Instead of buying new trays every time you paint try lining the same tray with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Simply toss the old foil away when finished and replace.

❏ Oil-based paints can yellow over time.

❏ Bright White has a tendency to show dirt & imperfections –use a "Tinted White" – or add a few drops of black or umber.

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