Paint Like a Pro before You Hire One!

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Is painting a room or two or your entire house on your to-do list? You don’t need to hire a professional to make your home look like you did. Here are some tips for making your home improvement painting project a snap.

Wash your walls. Wash your walls to ensure they are clean before you start. And vacuum floors and dust where you need to. A clean surface makes for a better paint job.

Remove wall plates, light switch covers, etc. Don’t tempt fate by trying to paint around wall plates. You’ll save a lot of time in touchups and and trying to scrape paint off of these if you just take them off.

Use primer. Primer isn’t something to use if you choose. It provides a good surface to hold the paint and it brings out the paint’s true colors. You spent a lot of time picking the perfect color. Let it shine through.

Use an edge pad. Create smooth lines around door frames, ceilings and corners to bring everything together with an edge pad.

Buy enough paint. Professional painters say you’ll need one gallon for every 400 square feet. If your walls are textured, not primed or have other details, they may require more. Better to be safe than sorry. Get a little extra in case you need it and for touchups later.

Pick the right paint. Semi-gloss is good for high traffic areas. If you have kids, it’s the best choice. But don’t hesitate to ask at the home improvement store or paint store about the best kind of paint to use for your project. They love to dish the dirt on the right paint for different jobs.

Paint when the air is dry. If you are expecting a humid day, skip painting. Your paint will dry faster if you paint when it’s not humid.

Let your paint dry. Don’t be in a hurry. Let your paint dry completely before you fix a spot or add another coat. If it’s not completely dry, you run the risk of leaving marks or streaks.

Use a roller. You can cover a lot more space in a lot less time with a roller rather than a brush. Save the brush for smaller areas and use a roller to cover the walls.

You don’t have to hire a pro. Just paint like one! 

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