One of the most common home renovation or remodel projects is adding a fresh coat of paint. Painting a house — inside or outside — is a pretty inexpensive way to give things a face lift an a fresh new look, especially compared to other projects. There’s also probably no easier way to make a drastic change to the look of the interior or exterior of a house than to add a new color. Painting seems easy, but there are a few tips and tricks that you should know before you get started.
1. Paint from the top down.
Commercial painting contractors all paint from the top down. Start with the ceiling, then move to the molding, then the walls, and the baseboards should always be last in an interior paint job. This keeps dust and dirt from settling on the baseboards early in the painting job and then getting kicked up and sticking to the fresh paint on the walls. Additionally, this keeps accidental paint drips from ruining an earlier part of the job if you’re painting bottom up.
2. Don’t bother with daily clean up.
Another good tip to know when you’re going to start a painting project is not to bother with daily clean up. Try to get the project completely done in one fell swoop — at least as many consecutive days as possible. When you start, put down a quality drop cloth like a canvas one that can absorb spills and won’t be slippery. Also avoid rinsing brushes and rollers everyday — you’ll waste your time and degrade the quality of them. Just put them in a plastic bag and stick them in the refrigerator.
3. When it comes to edges, roll first brush later.
Everyone knows that the trickiest part of painting is doing the edges, but there is a careful trick that commercial painting contractors use. Usually, people use a brush along the edges and then use a roller about a brush width out. The problem with this is that the brushstroke can create a smooth band around the edge. The trick is to get as close as possible to the edge with the roller and then use the brush afterward to fill in the gaps.
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