Painting

A new coat of paint can completely transform a house. If you want your walls to look cool and outstanding, you need more than just a single accent color. Cool painting ideas can come from the most unexpected and simple places so keep your mind open.

House Painting Tips
1. Avoid Lap Marks.

Lap marks are those ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. They occur when you roll over paint that’s already partly dry. The key to avoiding lap marks is to maintain a “wet edge,“ so each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint can begin to dry.

2. Mix paint in a large bucket.

Paint color may vary slightly from one can to the next. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem. It’s best to estimate the amount of paint you’ll need and mix it.

3. Cut tape when paint is dry.

Once paint is dry, you cant just pull the tape off the trim. Paint forms a film between the wall and the tape, and removing the tape tears pieces of dried paint off the wall. So before pulling off the tape, cut it loose.

4. Paint the trim first.

Pros usually follow a certain order when painting a room. They paint the trim first, then the ceiling, then the walls. That’s because it’s easier and faster to tape off the trim than to tape off the walls.

5. Clean dirty areas before painting.

If you paint over dirty, oily surfaces, the paint will easily chip or peel off. So before painting, clean grimy areas with a deglosser or heavy-duty cleaner intended for prepaint cleaning. They work well to clean painted, varnished or enameled surfaces to improve the adhesion of the new paint. They’re ideal for cleaning greasy or oily areas like kitchen and bathroom walls and removing hand marks around light switches and doorknobs.

6. Protect floor with cotton drop cloth.

Spills and spatters happen, regardless of how careful you are. It’s a lot easier to pre- pare for them than to wipe them out of your carpeting or off your wood floor later. All it takes is canvas drop cloths in your work area. The thick canvas stays in place, so you dont need to tape it, and you can use it to cover any surface. Plastic drop cloths are slippery to walk on or set a ladder on and dont stay in place. Even worse, paint spills on plastic stay wet, and they can end up on your shoes and get tracked through the house. Canvas is slippery on hard ?oors, so rosin paper is better over vinyl, tile and hard- wood. Tape the sheets together and to the ?oor to provide a nonslip surface.

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