Purchasing Paint:

  • Instead of purchasing all the materials for the room you're going to paint, buy a quart first and test it out on the wall or on a piece of foam board. Paint color will be affected by light different times of the day.  
  • Before you purchase all your paint, know how much you need before going to the store.  Professional painting contractors recommend one gallon for every 400 square feet.  If surfaces need to be primed, are rough or textured; more paint may be required.
  • Don't apply an oil finish on latex and vice versa without sanding the walls first.  Make sure you wear a mask or respirator and wipe/vacuum away the dust particles with a tack cloth.
  • Apply primer (oil or latex) of your intended topcoat.
  • Allow at least 24 hours for the paint to dry before bringing items back into the room and 2 weeks to 1 month to cure before washing/wiping.

Paint Preparation:

  • Clean your ceiling, walls, and trim prior to painting with soap and water or TSP and rinse with water.  Make sure everything is dry prior to painting.
  • Tape off trim and crown molding (use painter's tape or blue 3M tape) and overlap the tape seams by at least 1 inch to avoid paint seepage between pieces.
  • Use drop cloths or old sheets to protect floors and all items in the room from drips and splatters.
  • Mix all paint together before you start painting so you have a consistent color throughout the room.  The color mixer at the paint store can create slight variations from can to can.
  • Using a five in one tool, fill all holes with joint compound.  When the joint compound is dry, sand it smooth and prime each spot.
  • Remove outlet covers and light switch covers - NEVER paint over or around them!
  • Allow at least 24 hours before bringing items back into the room and 2 weeks to 1 month to cure before washing/wiping.

Painting Ceilings:

  • When painting a popcorn ceiling or painting a textured ceiling, use a thick-nap roller to get full coverage over the irregularities in the textured surface.  
  • Use a roller with a smooth or shorter nap when painting a smooth drywall or plaster ceiling.

Painting Tools:

  • For water based paint, use a nylon bristle brush.
  • For oil based paint, use a natural bristle brush (such as ox or hog hair).  Do not use a natural bristle brush with water based paints as the brush will not perform well.
  • For latex paint, use nylon and polyester brushes as they don't absorb water like the ox and hog hair natural bristle brushes do.
  • Foam brushes work well for painting window casings and moldings.  Since they are hard to clean and easy to tear, they usually only last for 1 usage.
  • If you're looking for an all purpose brush, look for one that is "flagged".  These brushes have bristles which vary in length and come to a peak in the middle of the brush.  This brush provides a smooth, even, and precise layer of paint.
  • Use the right roller!  For surfaces with heavy texture, larger naps can reduce the number of coats of paint and the time you spend on painting!  For smooth surfaces, use a roller with a 3/8 inch or less of nap.

Painting Clean Up:

  • ​To clean latex paint off brushes, use soap and water immediately after painting.  If the paint dries on the brushes, use special solvents to remove it.  Be careful not to dispose of paint in an area where it may seep into the ground water.

  • For oil based paints, you will need a solvents such as mineral spirits or paint thinner to remove the paint.

  • You can wrap paint brushes in plastic wrap and seal them with a rubber band and hang them upside down so they maintain their shape.

  • Keep a quart of paint for touch ups and label with the color and brand name if not already labeled.

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