- Paint the ceilings first, then walls, then trim. Be careful, and you don't need to bother with tape.
- For the cutting-in brush, don't cheap out. Get one that is 3" wide and at least $12-$14.
- Sand the walls entirely to smooth imperfections and to help the new paint adhere better. He uses sandpaper fixed to a handle (similar to a Swiffer, but sturdier) and scrubs the walls completely.
- High gloss paint is not recommended because it shows all imperfections. Use semi-gloss for trim.
- Test coats of paint on previously-painted walls to see if you need primer or not. If you need two coats of paint anyways, you might be able to skip the primer.
- If you're painting new drywall, you need to use primer first.
- If you have a stucco ceiling, it is easy to remove with just warm water and a cloth - provided the ceiling was not painted before. Once it's painted, the stucco is sealed on quite well.
November 04, 2011
Things I learned from my contractor: On painting
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