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.

Set up a staging area

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Prime every patch

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Plastic drop cloths lead to paint tracks

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Avoid paint freckles

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Overnight storage

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Wipe down the walls

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Keep a scrapbook

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Paint out of a bucket

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Painting ceilings

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