Tips On How To Paint Your Homes Interior Walls And Trim
This hub is far different than any of the 300 plus hubs I have written about alcohol addiction and being a positive and happy person.
So with that said, I have been painting for the last 30 plus years, starting with the painting of my homes I have purchased over the years. My grandfather had his own business painting and wallpapering, and was very successful and made a great living at it. I suppose his talent rubbed off on me and that's why I have no problem with cutting in and painting a room at record speed. I just enjoy making homes look like new and all with a new paint job. Paint certainly does wonders I have to say, whether being interior or exterior.
My wife and others can not believe how fast I paint and without making a mess whatsoever. Many people tape up the trim and hardwood floors at the baseboard to prevent paint from going on the trim, or the beautiful varnished hardwood floors. I just use my tapered brush and paint away.
Taping is a excellent idea for those that can not cut in with their paint brush as I can. My wife and others always laughed and wondered how I could cut in trim and ceilings so straight. The laugh because my hands always shook especially when I drank alcohol or I needed my daily fix of the booze. Once the alcohol took effect my hands stopped shaking and I painted a straight line once again.
Now sober since 2009 I don't need alcohol to stop the shaking. It comes natural and can paint better and faster than ever. Don't get me wrong, I am not tooting my own horn here, but I have to say I am great at what I know and how I paint.
Just today I painted a huge living room, foyer, hallway and dinning room, plus all trim in less than 8 hours. The living room had cathedral ceilings and lots of wall space to paint. The rooms also had furniture in them which makes painting very difficult when painting as you may already know if you are a painter.
I had my own painting and wallpaper company about 28 years ago and had painted large developments with two story homes ranging from 3500 to 4500 square feet of living space. At that time I was using airless spray guns to paint all the walls, ceilings, closets and any sheet rock that need that fresh coat of paint. I had a guy working for me, and all he did the entire day was keep me fed with paint using five gallons buckets of paint at a time.
The paint I used was latex flat because they were spec homes and the builder insisted using flat so that it would give a good base coat if the buyer wished to paint each of the rooms different colors in the future. While spraying the walls, ceilings, closets etc. I hit all trim and Colonial Doors using the flat paint as a primer for the finish coats that had to be done with semi gloss.
Airless Paint Sprayers
Behr Paint Kits and Brushes
Expandable Paint Sticks
My Tip of the Day
For anyone that paints homes or any painting project for that matter, that cutting in trim, ceilings and any place that two different colors meet each other knows that using a tapered brush helps immensely. You have to get that angel going with flaring the brush hairs. Keep that brush wet with paint. Don't try to stretch the paint to get the most out of a gallon. The store you bought the paint has lots more paint in store, so don't be light on the paint when cutting in.
I use anywhere between 1 1/2 to 2 inch tapered brush for all my cutting in jobs, such as the job I mentioned earlier, that I did today. I have been using the same brush for a few years, and they will last if you take good care of them and clean them good after each use. Don't buy a cheep brush because by doing so you will fine the hairs coming out of the brush and being stuck in your paint. It is very frustrating and all because you didn't buy the best and you went cheep.
As far as the rollers, I like to use about a 1/2 nap. That seems to do a great job and holds more paint than something thin and cheep. Here we go with the cheep stuff again. If you want a professional finish on your paint job, than you need to buy the best, and be the best at what you are painting. Take your time and have pride in your work. If you are working for someone painting their home and do a great and neat job, they will recommend you to their families and friends. That is how I got started. Word of mouth is the key!
As far as what paint I use, I prefer Behr Paint & Primer in One. This paint covers wonderful and goes on so smooth. The paint I bought for the job I did today cost a little over $30.00 per gallon, but worth every cent. And here we go again, don't buy cheep paint or you will be cussing up a blue streak thought the whole paint job, and more than likely you will need two, if not three coats of paint. Buy that better paint such as Behr Paint & Primer in One that covers in one coat in most cases. Of course, (EX.) I shouldn't have to tell you if you are painting white over a very dark color you may need two coats no matter what Paint brand you use.
Start Out Right, End Up Right Is My Motto.
Tapered Paint Brushes
Behr Paint & Primer in One
© 2013 Mark Bruno
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