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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How To Paint Walls

Painting your walls a nice fresh color can do wonders for your rooms and for the way you feel but, it’s not easily done so be sure to do it right the first time.

Tools

The tools list is kinda long and it probably sounds like your going to have to buy the entire store, but you have probably done some painting around your house before and already have some of these items. If not, it’s just the price you have to pay to get a good job. This is one reason painters are so expensive. Plus, if your planning to stay in your home for a while, you can clean up and save about all of these tools for the next time.

  1. Move the furniture to the center of the room and cover with the drops.
  2. Take of the light switch and outlet covers and cover with a piece of tape.
  3. Put painters tape all along the top of the baseboard, door jambs, and windows. This will keep the specks cause buy the roller off of the trim. When it’s pulled off there will probably still be some touch up to do where the paint runs under the tape.
  4. Use the spackling or sheetrock mud to fill in the hole and float the little imperfections. If you are going to use satin or especially anything with high sheen you will need to get the walls very smooth. Flat paint isn’t nearly as difficult to work with.
  5. Prime the walls and let dry
  6. Sand the walls and mud imperfections again
  7. Sand the walls and apply the first coat of finish paint and let dry.
  8. Sand the walls again lightly and do final touch up on imperfections.
  9. Spot prime the touched up spots with finish paint
  10. Roll final coat of finish paint. When applying finish paint cut in against the wood work with the brush and then roll. Because the roller will leave a different texture, it needs to be done last and brought as close to the trim as possible. Plan on at least two coats of finish paint and possibly more with higher gloss paints. While flat paint is the easiest to work with, satin and eggshell usually look better and wear longer.

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