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Painting Time: Applying the paint

Hey Guys,

We all know how messy painting can be when someone is not paying attention, or someone happens to have butterfingers.  Here are several rules that everyone can use when painting!

  1. Watch where you are stepping!
  2. Do not jump around! You will waste time.  If you start cutting in finish cutting in! If you started rolling finish rolling. Starting and stopping is the worst thing that can happen with painting.
  3. Do not let your paint brushes or rollers sit with paint on them. Either wrap them in plastic, or clean them.  
  4. Watch where you are stepping

Cutting In!

Lets go ahead and start applying the paint.  Most people will start to just roll a wall but we do not want to start there.  Always start with cutting in, or painting the edges, corners, and other areas too small for paint rollers to access.  This is very important step as it ensure you dont get paint on light fixtures and baseboards, and other areas with rollers that will make a huge mess.  It is very important to always apply two coats when cutting in.  Most people always try to get away with only one but later find out they need to apply a second coat.  

Lets Get Rolling!

Now it is important to start at one end and work towards the other. Before loading up the roller with more paint it is very important to fade the paint that was just rolled.  Fading the paint is when you go back over it to help blend and remove some of the roller marks so the wall looks consistant.  It is important to not apply to much paint at one time as you can cause runs.  Once dry go ahead and apply a second coat.  Be sure to fade/blend the paint to help remove the roller marks.

Thanks for visiting, and up next cleaning!

Painting Time: Tools

Hey Guys,

Now that prep is out of the way let’s focusing on the tools.  I cannot stress enough of: DO NOT PAY FOR CHEAP PAINT BRUSHES, ROLLERS AND OTHER PAINTING TOOLS.  This will keep you from having to buy double the amount of brushes or rollers.  

  • Brushes: I recommend getting an angled and normal brush.  3 Inch brush is a good area to start. These are great for cutting in the tight spaces and corners.  
  • Rollers: if you are not covering a large amount of space an 18 inch roller is fantastic to use as it can cut down the amount of time in half.  Be sure to pick up the standard 9 inch roller as well.
  • Paint Trays: Everyone has bought the cheap throw away paint trays, but I cannot stand them.  They are flimsy, easy to break, and I feel like a waste of money.  Please get a good tray with a tray cover.  This cover makes clean up a breeze.  When done throw it away and you still get to keep the paint tray.  Note: 18 inch rollers require a much larger paint tray and insert.
  • Drop Cloths:  I personally love thick and durable drop cloths.  Often time’s people will use sheets, or towels.  Those are great for the do-it-yourselfers, but for contractors it is a must to have a thick drop cloth to prevent any chance of the paint splatter from bleeding through
  • Painter's Rags: This is where anyone is allowed to go cheap.  Since these are designed to be thrown away after cleaning up mistakes, go cheap.
  • Painter's Plastic: Often times these are used to cover furniture.  .31 Mil painters plastic is a great type for covering furniture.
  • Keep it simple: If you’re looking at specialty tools, think simple.  Nothing needs to be complicated.  Make sure you are going to save time when going with a specialty product.

Till next time guys!

Painting Prep: Prep Time

Hey Guys,

Once everything has been evaluated on the who, what, when, why, and how it is time to get rocking on your project.

This is probably the single most important step after evaluating the project is preparing for paint so DO NOT RUSH the prep work.  I know most of you like me want to rush and start transforming your project, but slow down as it will create a costly mistake. These general steps will help you make the most of your project and eliminate mistakes.

This example is focusing on previously painted walls, other surfaces may require additional steps in prep. 

  1. Moving obstacles such as furniture out of the way to provide easy access to the area being painted: (Do not move something already secured like a toilet.
  2. Clean the area: Often times we need to clean or remove any dirt/debris from the surface as these will show up in the paint.  
    1. Dry or damp rags work great in picking up dirt.
    2. Be sure to hit the base boards, window ledges, and other trim as well.
  3. Covering Furniture: Before we start anything lets go ahead and cover the furniture to minimize any dust, dirt, and paint that will get on these.  Painters plastic works great as you can reuse it.
  4. Filling holes: A little bit of 5 minute drywall mud, or spackle to fill holes in the wall.  Once dried a sanding block to quickly make the repair smooth with the wall.  
  5. Cleaning AGAIN: If you have done a lot of repairs in the drywall please take the time to clean the area by removing any dirt and debris from the area.  If you generated a lot of dust go ahead and vacuum it up.  
  6. Drop Cloths: If you have not already put down the drop cloths in the area you are going to paint.  If the entire room is covered great, if not be sure to move the drop cloth.
  7. Tape & Paper: In my honest opinion you can never tape off enough.  Be sure to cover light fixtures, electrical plates, trim, doors, windows, base board.  This will most likely be the most time consuming aspect, but it will give you the most desired result.
  8. STOP: Now double check EVERYTHING to make sure you are satisfied with the prep. I guarantee you missed something. 
  9. After double and triple checking you are now ready to prime/paint.

Next Step: Cutting In!!!



Painting Prep: The Evaluation

Hey Guys,

Painting is one of those skills that is easy to learn, but hard to master.  One of the hardest and time consuming things are the preparation and clean up.  

A good painter will focus most of his time on the prep.  If not the end result will leave poor workmanship, messy work space, paint on surfaces not meant to be painted. 

Here are a few pointers that everyone needs to evaluate before they pull out that paint brush, drop cloth, or painters tape:

  • Where are you painting
    • Inside
    • Outside
  • What are you painting?
    • Ceiling
    • Walls
    • Flooring
    • Doors
    • Windows
    • Trim
    • Specialty Items
  • What is around you?
    • Furniture
    • Immobile Objects
    • Electrical Fixtures
    • Plumbing Fixtures
    • HVAC Supply and Return Ducts.
    • Cabinets
    • Trees
    • Landcaping
    • Cars
  • What is the material are you painting
    • Drywall
    • Metal
    • Vinyl or PVC
    • Wood
  • Prime or not to Prime
  • Sand or not to Sand

Once everything has been evaluated, talk to a paint specialist to ensure you are not wasting money or time on the wrong products, poor prep, and wasted materials.  

Evaluating these will to ensure to eliminate many head aches are prevent just by asking these simple questions before getting started.

Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions.