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Painting the Walls: Do’s and Don’ts

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Painting your walls is a job you can do yourself: no need to recruit the help of an expert.
You can obtain perfect, professional results by just keeping in mind some simple tricks and tips.

Aim for perfect results

When you are applying a color very different than the existing coat, first apply a coat of white.

Eight Do’s for a perfect job
1) Make sure to buy all your materials in advance; that way, you can avoid having to run to the hardware store halfway through the job.
2) Take advice. Your retailer has valuable experience; don’t be afraid to ask for their opinion.
There are specific paintbrushes and rollers, specific for different kinds of paint and walls.
3) Always create a ‘support’ station in a separate room from that which you are painting; here, you can store objects and furniture without getting paint on them. Put smaller objects together in a box so that you can find them quickly after the job is finished.
4) Take your time preparing the room. Cover the floors completely, as well as any furniture too big to move. Be careful not to leave any uncovered areas.
5) Choose appropriate clothing, as well as comfortable shoes; make sure that you can move freely in these clothes and not worry about getting dirty.

6) Aim for perfect results. When you are applying a color very different than the existing coat (for example red to green), first apply a coat of white.

7) After painting, wait a day until you move furniture and objects back into the room; make sure that the walls are dry first.

8) Prepare your tools and maintain them. When using a new roller or paintbrush, first let it soak in water and then wash it in laundry detergent.
Eight Don’ts when painting your house
1) Don’t rush! The best results come with patience and practice. Allot yourself plenty of time; it might take an entire day to paint just one room, and that’s okay.

2) Don’t dilute all the paint at once. Diluted paint will deteriorate quickly, whereas undiluted paint can keep for up to three years; go slowly and only dilute what you will be using immediately.

3) Don’t paint over wallpaper. First remove it by softening the glue with a wet rag; if it still won’t come off the walls, you can use steam or specialty products available in your local hardware store.
Any wallpaper that remains stuck on the walls should be carefully scraped off.

4) Prepare your walls and don’t leave any imperfections; make sure to use sandpaper to smooth out any rough or uneven areas to ensure a professional end result.
5) Don’t close your windows or doors. Allowing fresh air to come through open doors and windows allows an exchange of fresh air with the odor of the paint and will help dry the walls quickly.
6) Try to avoid painting on rainy days (when you can’t leave the windows open) and on humid days. In both cases, it will take longer for the walls to dry completely and may compromise the quality of your careful work.
7) Make sure to clean your tools properly. After you finish using your paintbrush or rollers, clean them thoroughly with water or solvent and hang them to drip dry.
8) Don’t dispose of your paint irresponsibly. Before your start painting, inform yourself about local recycling facilities to dispose of your unused paint in an environmentally responsible manner.
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