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How To Paint Better, Part 1

Check and double check that you have all the tools and materials you will need to avoid last minute trips to the store which only adds frustration and stress to the task at hand.

Ever consider painting one of your rooms a new color? A fresh coat of paint in a room can work wonders.  It leaves a smell and feeling of freshness and now you are ready to start again with a clean room.

Before you run out and buy the bargain gallon of paint, however, let me give you a few pointers to hopefully give you the final result you are looking for.  As in most repair work, the biggest part of the job is in the preparation.  If you are willing to take a few steps first, your paint project shouldn’t turn into a disaster.

The basic tools and materials that you will need for any interior paint job are

  • Caulk gun 
  • Solid step ladder
  • Paint tray
  • Utility knife
  • Quality paint brush
  • Quality paint roller & sleeve
  • Extendable roller pole
  • Rags
  • Putty knife
  • Painter’s blue tape
  • Drop cloths or rosin paper
  • Liquid deglosser/sander
  • Plastic to cover furniture
  • Primer and/or paint

Some of these items are just common sense, but let’s look at a few particular details to make sure your project will turn out to your complete satisfaction.

There are many types of caulk so make sure you purchase the kind that is paintable.   The common colors are white and almond but a special caulk is available that you can tint to the color of your paint.

A good quality brush and roller will make the difference between disaster and a satisfied job well done.  Don’t fall for the cheapos at the dollar store because the bristles will start to fall out, will not hold paint well, and you’ll see streaks everywhere.  The same goes for the paint roller or sleeve as its called.  You will want to keep from leaving small balls of hair and fuzzies all over the wall, so pay a little more for one that says it is “shed resistant woven”.

Remember, you get what you pay for so if you buy a good quality brush and roller, and properly clean them immediately after use, you can have a long lasting painting tool that will serve you for many painting projects down the road.  I have honestly heard of a painter that is still using a paint brush he bought over ten years ago!

Check and double check that you have all the tools and materials you will need to avoid last minute trips to the store which only adds frustration and stress to the task at hand.

Coming up we’ll look at some other preparation tasks that will greatly help you get the final results you want.

Glen Betts
Glen Betts
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