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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.

Oct 22, 2011 6:08AM
Dial dish soap? Nope, laundry detergent and then a rinse in fabric softener for both rollers and brush cleanup. The softener makes the brushes and rollers work better than new. Also wrap the brushes to keep the shape. If you invest in the good brushes they have a cardboard wrap. KEEP the wrap for future use.
Oct 22, 2011 5:18AM

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........................

Oct 8, 2011 9:10PM

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.


Oct 8, 2011 5:37PM
To find a reputable professional Paint Contractor, are Drywall Finisher, go to a nearby Sherwin - Williams, Kelly- Moore, Benjamin Moore are etc! They will be able to give you the name of a better qualified Pro then a Lowe's are Home Depot would!  Our  family business has been in operation since 1950!
Oct 8, 2011 5:18PM
Oct 8, 2011 4:49PM
now your walls and trim are ready to paint. i love super fab roller sleeves their the best, if your an amateur use a 1/2 inch sleeve it hold less paint. forget about purdy brushes get yourself a corona brush, the bristles are very firm which will help you get that lazer sharp cut edge. everything i paint is free hand, i cant tell you how many customers asked me if i use tape, but the brush really does help and their not that expensive. use a 2 1/2 inch for the walls and i use a 2" angled brush for trim doors and windows. very good tip.. if your painting the trim in the room white semi-gloss before you even start the wall color, paint the sides of all the door trim and window trim with the white semi-gloss. dont worry about being perfect you can get it on the walls the wall color later will cover it. The reason is its much easier to cut the wall color to the sides of the trim, rather then having to paint that white after the walls are done. I like to use an angled brush when i cut because you should only really be using the tip of th ebrush to cut with, not the whole brush.
Oct 8, 2011 4:31PM
ive been painting on long island for 13yrs. for some of the most reputable companies on the island. from new construction homes to hampton mansions, and the secret to a pro. paint job is to hire a pro painter lol. if you have to paint yourself here are some tips you should really listen too. prep is everything it can make or break your job, take your time prep the right way. when caulking trim and windows use dap fast drying caulk ( you can get this at home depot or loews ), cut the tip on an angle close to the top, you dont want a huge hole with excess caulk leaking everywhere. keep a wet sponge or rag with you, run a small bead of caulk then wipe it tight with your finger and wipe that excess off on the rag. a bad caulk job will ruin the look of your new trim. when filling nail holes use dap product i call it fluff, its white and fluffy. you can use your finger or a 1" flat blade to fill the holes, leave the fluff out a little so you can lightly sand it out, this ensures you fully filled the hole.
Oct 8, 2011 2:01PM

Pros do NOT use joint compund to fill holes.  Joint compound is for joints in drywall only.  A pro would use spackling.

Oct 8, 2011 12:33PM
Yes, finally a really good hint - using a screwdriver to define an edge 'tween the wall and ceiling....... thanks
Oct 8, 2011 11:08AM
Paint the lighter color first if you are doing a combination of colors in a room.   The darker paint if speckeled will hardly show on the light color, however the oposite is true if you reverse the procedure.
Sep 18, 2011 2:15PM
Thanks tummy 56 I really needed the work.  Seriously on my last job I painted up nine color samples before the customer liked one.  Us painters would charge a lot less if you people could just pick colors.
Sep 18, 2011 7:09AM

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.  

Sep 17, 2011 11:25PM

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.  

Sep 17, 2011 6:03AM

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 !

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