How to Paint: Tips for a Perfect Paint Job

Anyone can paint a room, right? But not everyone knows the secrets to painting a room well. Check out these basic tips for a flawless finish and faster cleanup.

We've received hundreds of painting tips from readers and painting contractors over the years. We culled through them and came up with this collection of painting basics that will make your projects easier, faster and give you superior results.

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Set up a staging area

Prime every patch

Plastic drop cloths lead to paint tracks

Avoid paint freckles

Overnight storage

Video: A Trick for Storing Paint Brushes Overnight

When you're in the middle of a painting project and you need to stop for lunch or for the day, you don't want to clean your brush, but you also don't want to come back to a dried up mess. This video shows the best way to store paint brushes so you can use them again later. During your next painting project, you'll be glad you watched this video.

Wipe down the walls

Keep a scrapbook

Paint out of a bucket

Painting ceilings

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