How To Paint A Wall

Aug 17 07:30 2011 Gen Wright Print This Article

Painting is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways of revitalizing the décor of a room.

A room can be painted in as little as 2 hours,Guest Posting but the process can freshen up a room like few other decorating techniques.

Still, for the do-it-yourself decorator, painting can be a daunting task, and knowing how to get the best results can seem like a mystery. That being said, painting need not be difficult, and with a few tips and guidelines, you will be ready to reinvent your bedroom, living room, bathroom, or kitchen.

Brushes and rollers are obviously the two most basic tools of the house painter. Still, before you even start painting, you will need to prepare your room. Floor coverings should be laid to ensure you do not drip paint on carpet or hardwood floors.

Furthermore, to ensure that you keep paint where you want it, you should tape around windows, electrical outlets, and other fixtures or decorative elements on your walls. Your local hardware store or paint supply will carry painter's tape that adheres firmly but can be removed easily. Make sure that you are using the appropriate tape so as not to damage walls or surfaces.

Next you will need to decide what kind of brushes and rollers you will need. Paint brushes are designed for different jobs. Trim and sash brushes have smaller handles and are held just as you would hold a pencil. This give you more control in tight areas so you keep the paint on the surfaces you are actually intending to paint.

Larger brushes have a larger beaver-tailed grip that gives you a stronger hold for painting wider areas. Remember that when you load the paint brush the goal is to get as much paint on the wall as possible without dripping on the floor or running paint down the wall.

Conditioning brushes before use makes them more efficient; and you can condition a brush for latex painting with water or the appropriate paint thinner for different types of paint. Dip the brush in the paint and remove excess paint (no paint should drip off the brush before you start painting) and you are ready to go.

You can cut in along corners, trim, or ceilings using a trim brush with bevelled bristles. Paint five or six strips along corners and edges so you have plenty of room to work with a roller. When applying the paint at first, use small, short strokes to maintain control. Once the paint has been applied, you can blend the strokes using one long stroke, painting out from the corner or edge using perpendicular strokes.

Once all edges are covered, you are ready to paint the majority of the surface of your wall.

Rollers also come in different sizes, although the general idea behind using a roller is to cover a large area quickly. Obviously, paint brushes are used for more intricate painting, while rollers provide an efficient method for covering a wall quickly.

Similar to brushes, rollers should be moistened first with either water (for latex) or paint thinner (for other types of paint). Dip the roller in the paint tray and roll it up the slope to remove excess paint. Do this two or three times to ensure the roller is saturated in paint. Again, if paint is dripping from the roller, you have too much paint and the roller will slide on the wall. Remove excess paint by running the roller up and down the slope of the paint tray.

Finally, when applying paint with a roller, start with small two to three square foot areas and roll in a zigzag pattern. Do not lift the roller from the wall essentially painting a large M or W on the wall. Fill in the spaces between the zigzags without lifting the roller, continuing in a zigzag motion. When one section is finished, slowly lift the roller from the wall so you do not leave a mark. Reload your roller and continue painting in the same fashion in the next section of the wall.

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