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4 Keys To a Great Paint Job

Here are some things to consider with a painting project:

1. Cover up

There’s nothing more frustrating than a perfect paint job coupled with the ‘gift that keeps on giving’…splotches of paint on your hardwood floors, carpet or those favorite pair of pumps.  So, before you do ANYTHING, be sure to move as much as you can from room, then cover EVERYTHING you don’t want painted (i.e. floors, furniture, clothes, etc.) with a thick/durable plastic or canvas drop cloth that is kept in place with tape.

2. Prepare the surface

Have you ever seen a paint job that looked like crap because the paint was applied over peeling or flaking paint?  Or, dents and holes were not filled in?  That’s like getting a facial without exfoliation or extraction.  Paint enhances imperfections so you will want to create a smooth a surface as possible by cleaning, scraping and sanding the surface.  Use spackle to fill in any dents or holes, and then apply a coat of primer to ensure a flawless finish…especially when you are changing the paint color from dark to light.  Once you’ve prepared the surface your paint project is 95% completed!

3. Choose the right paint

Buy the best quality paint that your budget will allow, keeping in mind that a lower price usually indicates inferior performance. High quality paint is easier to apply, is less likely to fade, provides better coverage, and is easier to care for in the long run. Enough said.

4. Use the right tools

Generally speaking, choose a brush with natural bristles for oil-based paint or finishes and brushes with synthetic bristles for latex paint or water-based finishes.  And whatever you do, never skimp on quality when choosing paintbrushes because it will show in the results.


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