Tape off windows, mirrors, trim, etc. Press and smooth your tape with a
putty knife to keep paint from seeping under the tape's edge. Remember to remove it before the paint has completely
dried for a perfect edge.
Use a long nap for porous textured walls; use a short nap for smooth surfaces
Where you cut in the corners with a brush, go over the edges for a consistent finish
General Painting Tips
Paint the trim first, then the ceiling, walls, and floors
Be mindful of the weather and temperature. A sudden rise in temperature or direct sunlight can cause paint to blister
Use high-quality paints and tools for the best results
Painting Difficult Areas
You may be faced with painting some unusual items. Here are some tips on painting difficult areas.
Painting Wrought Iron
Prep by using a
sponge-block sanding pad to get around the crevices of wrought iron fences or furniture. Remove any dust by wiping
before priming. If you decide to
spray paint your wrought iron, be sure to hang a tarp or place a plywood board behind the iron to prevent spray from
getting on the ground or other surfaces.
painter's tape to mask off areas you don't want painted. Use porch and floor
enamel on the stairs and risers. A smaller
paint roller will give you better control in narrow spaces. Start at the top of the steps and then paint the riser.
Painting High Areas
If you're painting high areas, have a
ladder and telescoping polls for rollers and brushes. For extremely high areas, you will want
scaffolding as well. Here are some tips on high area painting success:
Sand areas where you applied compound, and clean off the dust
painter's tape, paint the trim with primer and allow it to dry
Apply paint over the trim using short horizontal brush strokes
When the paint has dried, remove the tape
Cut in a three to four inch wide area around the perimeter of the room
paint roller, roll in one direction toward the opposite side of the room
Don't roll in a 'V' pattern. Slightly overlap straight rows of paint
If you need a second coat, paint rows perpendicular to your first coat
Retouching & Storing Paint
Stock up on extra paint for touch ups. You don't want to run out of a color and find that you can't match it. Reformulations
can make it difficult to get a matching paint shade.
When storing opened paint, never leave
roller covers or
paint brushes in the paint containers. They tend to cause mold and mildew.
To extend the life of your paint, keep it tightly sealed and stored at an ideal temperature, somewhere between 60°F
and 80°F. If your paint has expired, dispose of it properly with products such as
Xsorb, which solidify paint. Be sure to follow your local and state regulations regarding paint disposal.