Tips For Painting 3
Cover the furniture and floor with a plastic drop sheet. Paint can splash during application and you don't want to get it on your prized possessions. Fabric drop cloths are not as good, because the paint can go through them. When painting floor trims above the carpet, cover the carpet with plastic shields.
When using a paintbrush, hold it correctly - with thumb and fingers. This way you have the best grip. Dip the brush into paint about one third of the way, then press the brush against the paint container. Avoid swiping the brush against the paint container, because this can create bubbles. Bubbles can ruin your paint job.
To remodel an old ugly ceiling, use textured paint. This will save money and looks great. Textured paint is chunky and thick, and hides defects because it reflects light. This is best to use only on ceilings, because when used on walls, this kind of paint collects dust.
Start painting at the top of the room working your way down. Paint ceilings first, then the walls, windows, doors and trims. When you start painting at the top you will have less of a mess and less chance of messing up lower parts of the room because you still have to paint those.
Test out the colors that you picked out for the room. Paint a large board with the selected paint and put this board against the walls to be painted. Look at the painted board in bright, natural light. Small paint chips will look different from the final result, and when the paint dries, it looks a bit darker than when it’s wet. Testing a color out might save you a repaint job and this way you will get the color you expected. Some home improvement stores have a nice option of trying out paint colors by taking a picture of your room and selecting a color to paint it in.
Apply paint from dry area to wet area. This way the paint lines blend and create a smooth surface. If there are overlapping marks in certain areas, lightly brush over them to smooth them out. If you are repainting a surface, then you only need the finishing coat of paint.
If you are painting a new surface, then you need to use primer, sealer, appropriate stain, undercoat and then the paint you chose.
When repainting a surface with lots of old paint layers, strip off those layers. It will be easier to see molding details if there is only one or two layers of paint. Also, windows and doors will be able to close easier.
If you are mixing one paint out of different colors, make sure you have enough paint to get the job done. Pour all paints together into one big container to mix it, and when the job is done you can pour it back into small original containers for storage.
Maintain your painting equipment. You might have to use it again. Have your brushes paint-free after the job is done. Acrylic paint can be washed off with water and soap. For oil-based paint, use turpentine to clean off brushes. Do not wait for the paint to dry and stick to the brush, wash it off immediately after painting.