For some, painting is an easy task and one that has been undertaken many a time. For others, however, it can be daunting. So, here are a few easy tips to make painting fun, easy and quick.
Prep and Tape
Taping and getting ready to paint is quite arguably the most time-intensive job. Doing it right the first time can save time and a headache later. So, remember to clean the surface, apply the tape and press it down so that it sticks, and let the tape adhere. The more firm the tape is attached to the wall, the more likely you will get that perfect line. Make sure to not only tape the walls, but the floors as well. Lining where the floor connects to the walls with paper and applying tape to create that straight line will protect your floors.
The Drier, The Better
When the weather is dry, so is your paint. Paint takes longer to dry on a humid day and can cause drips. Either protect the floors as described above or wait until its a sunny day.
Make sure that you sand away any loose paint or dust from the walls. If there are loose particles on the walls, then paint won't apply as smoothly and is more inclined to flake off. For the best adhesive situation, it is worth taking the time to remove any loose pieces from the walls.
Feather It Out
The last thing you want is to be done with your paint job and realize you can see the lines where the rollers went. Make sure to avoid harsh lines by feathering out the edges of your paint application. This will help blend the paint.
Protect the Ceiling
It is easy to get carried away and hoist the rollers all the way to the ceiling. Because the roller is round and you are going towards a right angle, however, you most likely will get paint on the ceiling. So, go a few inches from the ceiling and use an edger to do the rest.
Pain the Trim First
Trim can be a small and detailed project. So take away the added stress of being perfect within the small confines and paint the trim before the walls. This way, when the trim is done, you can tape off the trim and just have to worry about the bigger surface.
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