Paint Trim or Walls First? And Other Painting Questions Answered
Professional painters share their secrets for producing a great-looking interior paint job. The work will go faster with less hassle too.
Roll Paint Along the Edges for Consistent Texture
Prime and Texture Wall Patches to Avoid a Blotchy Finish
Let Paint Dry, Then Cut the Tape Loose for a Perfect Edge
Once paint is dry, you can't just pull the tape off the trim. Paint forms a film between the wall and the tape, and removing the tape tears pieces of dried paint off the wall. So before pulling off the tape, cut it loose.
Wait for the paint to completely dry at least 24 hours, then use a sharp utility knife or box cutter knife to slice through the film. Start in an inconspicuous area to make sure the paint is hard enough to slice cleanly. If you cut the paint while it's still gummy, you'll make a mess. As you cut the paint, pull up the tape at a 45-degree angle. Get more secrets of professional painters.
To Avoid Lap Marks when Wall Painting
Feather Out the Paint Where You Can't Keep a Wet Edge
You can't cover large areas like ceilings, extra-tall walls or stairwells in single, continuous strokes, so the best way to minimize lap marks on these areas is to feather out the paint along the edges that you can't keep wet. The thinner, feathered coat of paint will avoid the buildup that causes the lap mark.
To paint a large section without leaving lap marks, roll the nearly dry roller in different directions along the dry edge, feathering out the paint as you go. After completing the entire length of the wall or ceiling, move to the next section and paint over the feathered edges. For the second coat, apply the paint in the opposite direction. This crisscrossing paint application sharply reduces (if not eliminates) lap marks.
Use Cotton Drop Cloths Rather Than Plastic
Sand Trim Between Coats for an Ultra-Smooth Finish
Mix Several Cans of Paint in a Large Bucket for Consistent Color
Clean Dirty Surfaces So the Paint Can Form a Strong Bond
Paint the Trim First, Then the Ceilings and Walls
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