Guide to Painting – Part II

February 7, 2014

Here’s Part II of our painting guide. We’re outlining 10 easy steps for preparation, as well as a few tips for safety. Enjoy!

How to prepare

1. Be sure to remove everything from your walls (including electrical faceplates, and all HVAC registers, grilles, etc.)
2. Clear the room of all furniture and decorations. If there are pieces of furniture that you prefer not to move, be sure to cover them entirely with plastic to protect against splatters of paint.
3. Clean the room thoroughly before you begin. Sweep and mop the floors, remove cobwebs and dust, and wipe down any woodwork with a damp cloth.
4. Put paper down around the edges of the room (plastic will work too) to prevent paint from dripping onto your floors.
5. Fill in any dents, holes, and cracks with spackle. Give it some time to dry (usually about 2-4 hours, but check the instructions). Then sand the area.
6. Clean all walls and surfaces that you’re going to paint (just using dish soap and water will do the trick). This is particularly important in kitchens and bathrooms, where there may be built up residue. Go over the walls again with just water on a sponge to get rid of any leftover soap.
7. “Cut in” your room. Basically, this means that you’ll use a paintbrush to create 2- to 3-inch bands around the edges of the walls where they meet ceilings, baseboards, other walls, door and window frames, and hinges.
8. Prime your walls, if needed. If you already have white or light-colored walls, it may not be necessary. It is recommended that you use a primer if you’re painting over gloss or oil-based paint.
Note: It’s always good to prime over the areas that you used spackle. If you don’t, those areas may appear shiny when you’re finished painting. There’s an economic incentive here too – If you spend $30 for a gallon of designer paint, you don’t want to see stains or discoloration bleeding through because you didn’t take time to prime.
9. Use painter’s tape to tape off walls, woodwork, and light switches to protect them from getting painted.
Note: Splurge on a high quality tape, if possible.
10. Paint your walls. First, remix your paint using a mixing stick. Then re-cut into the room using your paint (instead of primer). Try your best to avoid putting too much paint on any brush or roller. Using a roller, start from the top of the room and work your way down.
Note: Do your best not to paint in an up-and-down pattern. It’s better to apply paint with the roller in “V” or “W” shapes.

Safety tips
1. Be sure to wear plastic safety glasses/goggles to protect your eyes from flying particles and paint droplets.
2. Wear appropriate gloves when using solvents, sanding or scraping.
3. Be sure the space you are painting has good ventilation. If the paint fumes are strong, you may want to consider wearing a respirator.

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