Top Ten Painting Tips
Considered by most interior design experts to be the quickest,
easiest and least expensive way to change the appearance of a room,
painting becomes significantly more user-friendly when you follow
these simple guidelines.
Before you begin your next painting project, review these "Top
Ten Painting Tips" compliments of Dutch Boy Paints to ensure professional
results every time.
1. For bare, unfinished drywall, you will probably have to prime
the surface before painting. A base coat of primer can protect drywall
and result in a smoother finish.
2. For painted walls, first, scrape any loose or chipped old paint.
Fill drywall imperfections with spackling paste; allow to dry, and
sand the patched area smooth. Wipe the sanding residue with a damp
3. Be certain to thoroughly clean the painting surface. Use a stain
blocking product to prevent any bold stains -- especially crayon
marks -- from bleeding through the new paint.
4. To ensure a professional-looking finish, use high quality tools.
Top quality brushes and rollers spread paint cleanly and evenly.
They can be easily cleaned and used again and again. Improper or
inexpensive rollers will not spread paint evenly and may leave fuzz
on the wall. Rollers come in various nap lengths depending upon
the surface. For textured surfaces, longer naps spread paint into
the crevices on the surface. Inexpensive brushes also do not spread
paint evenly, plus they tend to leave telltale brush marks.
5. Paint should be applied when the room and surface temperatures
exceed 50 degrees. One gallon of paint should cover about 400 square
feet. Rough or textured surfaces may require more paint -- only
125 to 300 square feet per gallon.
6. When painting a room, it's best to paint the ceiling first.
Next, paint the walls -- working from the top down. Paint the trim,
cabinets, and doors last.
7. When painting, always work from the dry, unpainted areas into
the adjoining wet painted areas. Paint should be applied in the
form of an "N" when using a roller. Fill the roller completely.
Apply the paint in the form of an "N" -- up the left side, down
to the right at a 45-degree angle, and straight up the other side
in three-foot by three-foot sections. Fill in the center of the
"N" with horizontal strokes from side to side.
8. Allow freshly painted surfaces to cure for 30 days. After it
has cured, the freshly painted area can be cleaned with a mild,
non-abrasive cleaner and water. Do not hang objects on the surface
until the paint is thoroughly dry -- under normal conditions, about
9. Timesaving Tip: During short breaks, wrap your applicators tightly
in a plastic bag or aluminum foil instead of washing them.
10. Remember: It's important to follow the directions on the back
of the paint label. It contains the most important information you
need for your painting project.
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