How to Paint a Room Fast: Advice From a Pro
For this story, we worked with painting expert Bill Nunn. Bill is a veteran painter and the president of William Nunn Painting. The tricks and techniques he shows here come from 32 years of experience painting hundreds of homes and apartments. Besides being a super-efficient painter, Bill leaves a flawless finish on woodwork, walls and ceilings.
Clean Fast with TSP
You have to start with a clean surface for paint to adhere to previously painted walls and woodwork. Use a sponge and a trisodium phosphate cleaner (or TSP substitute) to quickly wash off dirt, grime and soot. TSP cleans fast and usually doesn't require a lot of scrubbing. Buy TSP concentrate and mix it with water—it's a better value than liquid TSP. A 16-oz. box costs about $5 at home centers.
Use TSP on all of your woodwork. It slightly etches the paint, which helps the paint form a better bond. And use it in kitchens to clean grease from walls, in bathrooms to remove hairspray and around light switches to remove fingerprints. Wear rubber gloves and turn up the cuffs to keep the TSP solution from running down your arm.