No matter what your motivation - a new home, room make over, ready to sell or recovering from an unexpected occurrence, changing your look can be easier than you think. Often the last item checked off the list, paint is the most unifying and satisfying part of bringing an entire project together and giving it that final polish.
You have to start with a perfectly smooth surface to end up with perfectly painted walls or woodwork. Spend a lot of time pushing sandpaper, sanding levels out spackle or patches and flattens ridges around nail holes. Sanding also removes burrs and rough spots in your trim.
Sand the walls from the baseboard to the ceiling with a fine grit sanding paper on a sanding pole, You want to sand horizontally along the baseboard and ceiling, not putting a lot of pressure on the sanding pole or the head can flip over and damage the wall. Sand woodwork with a sanding sponge to get into crevices.
Don't cheap out on paint and brushes. Cheap brushes are horrid and cost more in time and headache. Buy a Wooster or Nour with some heft. That $4 plastic brush is going make it look like you smeared paint on the wall with a rake. And the bristles fall out. We like a nice 2-1/2" angled brush. It's versatile and you can wash and reuse it until the bristles wear down to nothing. Make sure to get Cloverdale paint as it will go on easy and offer the best coverage and last a long time. There are a lot of cheap garbage paints out there and saving a few bucks today will cost you way more in the long term.
Before we paint walls, we fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound. But if you paint directly over it, the compound will suck the moisture out of the paint, giving it a flat, dull look. A problem called flashing. Those spots will look noticeably different than the rest of the wall. To avoid that, prime the walls before painting. Instead of using white primer, have it tinted to a color that's similar to the finish paint. Tinted primer does a better job of covering the existing paint color than white primer, so the finish coat will be more vibrant and may require fewer coats. This is especially true with deep colors, which could require three or more coats without a primer.
Nothing is more disheartening than when you've finished painting than to peel tape off the finished product and discover the paint bled through. To avoid the pain of scraping off the paint, do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you start. We always say spend the extra money and get Frogtape. It’s a little more in cost but you are getting what you pay for and end up with clean lines. Masking tape can leave behind a sticky residue that's hard to clean off. Plus, paint can cause the tape to buckle or get crinkled, which lets paint run underneath. Painter's tape can be left on for days (some up to two weeks) and still peel off cleanly. And it stops paint bleed without buckling.
It might seem easiest to do all the corners and trim in a room, then go back to roll the walls, but don't. You will get a seamless look by cutting in one wall, then immediately rolling it before starting the next. This allows the brushed and the rolled paint to blend together better. Always cover your paint bucket, tray, or container with a damp towel when switching between brushing and rolling to keep your paint and tools from drying out when not in use.
Do not tape windows when painting sills as it takes a long time and paint usually ends up on the glass. Go ahead and let paint get on the glass, once it's dry, simply scrape it off with a razor blade. The paint peels off in seconds. Just be careful to not break the paint bond between the wood and the glass, otherwise moisture can get on the wood and cause it to rot. We hope you have enjoyed these tips to help you in your project, at the end of the day we want you to be happy with the end result ! Cloverdale Paint is the best in the market and we are happy to bring this family of paints to Stettler and area!
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