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30 tips from contractors to follow when painting your home (part 2)


In my last post, I laid out the materials you will need to complete your home painting job. It pays to get the best material and equipment. Like a good pair of shoes or a good meal, it’s worth it sometimes to buy the very best. And, it will save you time and money in the long run to use good brushes and paint. When you do DIY will still be cheaper than hiring a painting contractor.

Here is part one 

Below are some tips from contractors:

  1. Do not purchase paint prior to 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. unless you like waiting in line behind all the contractors.
  2. White and shades of beige paint are generally least expensive.
  3. If you’re in a hurry, avoid bright colours (like red) as they can take a couple of layers to cover a surface effectively.
  4. Shop the day prior to starting. Everything takes longer than you think, even deciding the colour of the paint.
  5. Do not vacuum Spackle dust. It’s finer than household dust and will shorten the life of your vacuum. Use a sponge and soapy water and wipe it up.
  6. Clean all of the wall surfaces with light detergent and let them completely dry overnight.
  7. Figure out how much time you will need than double it
  8. Keep your pets out of the rooms you are painting.
  9. Put your phone away unless you want paint on it.
  10. Cover everything that you do not want to get paint on.
  11. Move as much furniture as possible from the room you are painting.
  12. Protect the surface areas that you do not want to paint. Use blue painter’s tape to mask off doorknobs, joints and baseboards.
  13. Cover the floor with newspaper or sheets.
  14. Take off all light switch and electrical outlet covers.
  15. Repair any cracks, holes or wall damage, before you start. Do a couple of light coats of Spackle rather of one thick one.
  16. Paint the ceiling first. It is the most physically demanding.
  17. Do the baseboards and trim last.
  18. Do the brushwork before the roller work.
  19. Brushwork takes longer than roller work.
  20. Work diagonally with the roller to avoid vertical lines in your finished work.
  21. Wear a hat. Paint is hard to get out of your hair.
  22. Don’t fill the pan more than 3/4 full.
  23. Don’t fill the brush more than one inch deep
  24. If you take a break for greater than a few minutes, wrap your brushes in light weight aluminum foil and cover the paint pan with plastic. Otherwise it will start to dry out and leave bits of dried out paint on your wall.
  25. Never leave a tool or paint container on a ladder. You might forget that it’s up there, and when you move the ladder, down it comes.
  26. If you splash paint, clean it up warm water and a cloth before it dries. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get the paint off.
  27. Don’t daydream. Take frequent breaks. I like to listen to podcasts when I’m painting.
  28. Clean your brushes, roller and pan with warm water as soon as you are finished with them.
  29. Seal your paint cans tightly to preserve the paint for future touch ups. (Some people use plastic cling wrap under the lid).
  30. Do not just throw your paint cans away. Take them to the dump and put them in their proper place.

Painting does not have to be a chore

Painting a room or a whole house is actually a very satisfying experience. Take your time and do a good job and you will be rewarded with years of enjoyment.