& Home Painting
Tips to Make House Painting Easier
is the season of the do-it-yourself projects.
come into their own as the weather warms and they can embark on
all those home improvement and maintenance tasks that languished
all winter. Painting tops the list for many homeowners; it not
only protects your interiors, painting is a great way to liven
Giving interior walls a fresh coat of paint is well within the
abilities of most homeowners. The experts at Wagner Spray Tech,
makers of tools to ease every painting task, offer the following
helpful hints to get you started on your paint project:
Good surface preparation is the key to a long-lasting and
great-looking paint job. Repair cracks or chips, sand and smooth rough
edges, and clean chalky surfaces. Give the walls 24 hours to dry after
you have wiped them down.
Assemble all painting tools and cleanup supplies before you start.
You will need paint (one gallon per every 300 to 400 square feet),
painter's tape, drop cloths, brushes, rollers, paint tray liners, paint
thinner and rags. For fast, easy painting, consider a power sprayer or
power roller. Recent innovations make these tools easy to
use, easy to control, easy to switch colors and easy to clean.
Protect floors and furniture with a drop cloth or sheet.
Cover trim with a low-tack painter's tape to protect trim. Low-tack or
less sticky tapes are easier to remove and less likely to harm wood.
Protect windows with with masking tape or Glass Mask, a liquid product that is easier to
apply than traditional tape. The product comes in a plastic tube that
fits easily in the palm of the hand. To apply, simply press the
attached applicator pad to the window and glide it along the trim that
will be painted. Once the liquid is completely dry, you can paint the
Remove loose fibers from roller covers with painter's tape or a lint
roller before using.
Spray or roll from top to bottom, left to right to cover neatly and
evenly. Lighter, multiple coats will cover better than one heavy layer
Sprayers offer the best and most efficient coverage when painting
large areas or exteriors. After spraying, back roll to ensure even
Use a quality brush or roller.
Place a garbage bag over your paint tray, brush or roller to prevent
the paint from drying. This will keep the paint for 24 hours - and let
you take a break without worrying that your paint will dry out.
For water-based paints, rinse brushes, rollers and tools with water.
For oil-based paints, use paint thinner. Some power sprayers and
rollers now offer disposable wet parts that don't need to be cleaned
and are inexpensive to replace. This also allows easier color changes
during the painting process.
Use bristle protectors that fit over brushes and protect them when
not in use. They are available at most hardware stores.
Use a fine-tooth comb to loosen any debris left in the bristles after
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