Paint: a wall or room

Painting one wall or a whole room is a great job for a cold winter day.

Step 1: Patch holes and cracks in drywall with lightweight spackling. For plaster walls, use patching plaster or spackling paste.

Step 2: Remove all hardware from the walls to be painted. Cover electrical outlets and switches completely with a good quality painter’s tape.

Step 3: Use warm water and a non-residual cleaner such as TSP or Dirtex to thoroughly wash the walls. Allow the area to dry completely.

Step 4: For extra protection, tape off the trim and ceiling edges with a good quality painters tape. Remember to remove the tape before the final coat of paint is dry to avoid damage.

Step 5: Prime patched areas, unpainted surfaces or stained portions of the wall with a stain blocking latex primer. For red paint, prime the entire surface to be painted with gray primer.

Step 6: Use a sash brush to cut in around trim. Dip the brush halfway into the paint and wipe away the excess to avoid drips. Lay a thick line of paint about one quarter of an inch from the wall edge. Immediately go back over the line with a long smooth stroke, carefully allowing the excess paint from the thick line to flow onto the quarter inch gap and up to the wall edge. Smooth out any brush strokes and proceed in sections until all edges and corners have been cut in. Apply a second coat in the same manner.

Step 7: Use a good quality roller cage and cover (Roller Tray Set

Step 8: Once the paint is dry, apply a second coat if needed.

When using more than one gallon of paint for a job, mix some paint from the new can into the last of the paint in the old can to compensate for tinting discrepancies.

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