Julie’s Tips & Tricks

  • Whether you’re painting interior walls or exterior siding, a coat of primer is key to obtaining professional-looking results. This goes for previously painted surfaces as well as raw wood and new drywall. Primer serves three main functions: First, it blocks stains and resinous knots from bleeding through; second, it provides one-coat coverage for the paint topcoat; third and most importantly, it improves adhesion, which greatly reduces blisters and extends the life of the topcoat.
  • For a dramatic look, try painting the ceiling three shades lighter than your wall color.
  • Quality paints are more durable, resist fading, yellowing and staining.
  • Prepare your surfaces properly. Before picking up a brush or roller, make sure your walls are clean.
  • A gallon of paint will cover about 300 square feet of wall area.
  • NAP stands for the length of the fibers on a roller cover. For drywall use a 3/8″ NAP.
  • Choose a smooth roller cover (short NAP) for painting metal doors, finished wood or paneling.
  • Flat paint has the least amount of shine; it has a non-reflective, matte finish that hides surface imperfections.
  • Use a satin paint for kid’s rooms, hallways, and bathrooms.
  • Semi-gloss paint is a good choice for bathrooms, halls, and kids’ rooms, as well as woodwork and cabinets.
  • Gloss paint is excellent for kitchens, bathrooms and all woodwork, including banisters, railings, and cabinets.
  • Red paint requires a gray primer to achieve the truest hue.
  • Dark paint colors on a chip will look darker on a wall.
  • Trim can catch some of the spray that comes off of paint rollers. For this reason it’s best to paint the trim last since it will be done with a brush and excess paint won’t get on the walls.
  • Use small baby food jars or food storage containers to store small amounts of paint for touching up scratches or dents. Fill them with leftover paint, label where the paint was used (kitchen cabinets, master bedroom ceiling, etc.) and what type of paint it is (latex flat, oil eggshell, etc.), and place the containers in sealing plastic bags. When you need to make a small repair, shake the container well and dab on a spot of paint with a small foam brush or Q-tip.
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