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To: Michael Dobony (Safety Man)
Using fabric softener is supreme - I think you have saved many a painter (so-called, etc,) a great sum when utilizing good expensive equipment for their painting jobs. Take heed all you who hear.
A 5-in-1 works better than a screwdriver for edging. It only cost a couple dollars and you will use it more than you think.
Now, here's a little tip for you about tinted primer. When your 'painter' breaks out the tinted primer, it means he is only going to put one coat of paint on your walls. Instead of primer-paint-paint. you are getting tinted primer-paint. It will look fine for a while........................
I’ve been doing home projects for 30 years, mostly on my own homes. Painting, tile, crown molding, hardwood floors, cabinets, framing, you name it. The most important thing to recognize is that every job is a little different. I learn something new every time, often from mistakes I’ve made. I am a master of the do-over. I do it because I enjoy it. But, if I ever worked it out, I’ve probably earned about $3.50 per hour for all my effort. Experience is the most important factor in quality results. You can read thirty how-to books and it won’t substitute for 30 days of actually doing it. The painting tips in this article are good ones. I can think of about ten more off the top of my head. But, it’s the experience to assess a specific situation and apply the right products and procedures in a custom, efficient solution that gives you the biggest bang for your buck.
Pros do NOT use joint compund to fill holes. Joint compound is for joints in drywall only. A pro would use spackling.
there isnt really any tricks in painting great walls. It's the products that you use. If you use Kilz first - 2 coats - over sanded walls - then one coat of - base color.
When painting a smaller room and you need two gallons I roll the walls first then cut in around windows, doors ceilings from one gallon and that used up maybe 3/4 of a gallon. Then I mix the second full gallon with any remaining paint from the 1st can so that the second coat and any touch up paint left over is the exact color of the finish coat. Saves 'boxing' two gallons in a 5-gallon bucket which wastes some paint and you don't have to clean the 5-gallon bucket.
I also let the first coat dry and very lightly sand before the second coat. Even if you wash a new roller it will leave a little lint when start painting. By the time you roll the first couple of walls any lint has been worked out. By sanding before the second coat you have a very clean rooler and the second coat is perfectly smooth. (Wrap you roller in a plastic bag between coat and a second roller pan over the one with paint to keep paint in the pan from drying out.
And always roll a whole wall. Don't stop halfway to answer the phone. Idea to keep rolling into wet paint.
Finally...a fantastic tip that I've needed for so long. I painted my walls a darker color than my ceiling, 6 months ago, and I have been looking at the uneven ceiling/wall line which have been driving me crazy. (think I have a little of Mr. Monk in me) . I will give this a try and repaint my walls. THANKS FOR THIS PAINTING TIP !