INTERIOR PAINTING The Hard Way, Doing IT YOURSELF!This is a guide to the physical act of painting, it does not address the hardest part, picking colors. : )
1. Empty the room as much as possible. Remove all small things, any large objects left should be placed in the middle of the room and covered with a drop cloth. Remove window treatments and hardware.
2. With a damp cloth, wipe down all dusty
areas and cobwebs. If there are any glossy areas or heavily soiled
areas to be painted, first wash with a TSP (trisodium phosphate)
3. Remove switch plate & outlet covers, replace if necessary, pull all nails & picture hangers.
4. If you want to clean the stained &
varnished woodwork to remove dripped & spattered paint
from the baseboards & trim around the doors, windows &
closet, try Goof Off in an inconspicous spot first.
Do this first to get a nice smooth clean surface to apply masking tape to.
5. Spackle & patch small nail holes,
cracks, etc. Large holes need time for repair material to set
before painting, plan ahead..
6. Take the time to caulk where wood &
wall come together, around baseboards, doors, closets &
windows. The end result will be well worth it. Lay a bead of
caulk, smooth it out, wipe off excess with a damp cloth.
7. Using masking tape, tape off trim,
baseboards, doors, windows, closets, etc.
8. Now we are ready to paint. Ceilings first!
If your walls need paint, so does your ceiling, even more so.
Rising heat dries out the ceilings, do not neglect them.
9. THE WALLS: Never stop in the middle of a
wall, go corner to corner keeping a wet edge. Never cut in all the
edges then go back and roll the wall (this can cause what is known
as ‘picture framing’ or ‘hat banding’). Always brush and roll
together keeping a wet edge. Two things should be considered when
choosing a roller cover, the type or paint being used & the
type of surface being painted.
Dry time is important! Some paints have better dry hide, some
have better wet hide. Before you decide if you need another coat,
give the first coat (of latex paint) at least 4 hours dry time. By
recoating too soon, you may be rewetting & lifting your first
coat making coverage a never ending task.
10. Stand back and admire what a fantastic job you've just done. Replace switch & outlet covers, window treatments and put your room back together, then hang pictures, shelves, etc. after it drys for a day or two
Now you can start planning the
next room. Being creative & being organized helps take the
‘work’ out of the project.
What do you need to paint?
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