Painting Tips

Tips & Instructions for Your Painting Project

  1. Scrape or sand the surface to remove any loose or peeling paint. For wood surfaces alway make sure you have a smooth surface to paint. For sheetrock surfaces, wipe wall down to remove loose dust on wall.
  1. Clean the surface from any loose particles, dirt, or dust. You may need to use a cleaner or solvent to get touch or sticky residue off the surface.
  1. Apply a primer to for adhesion or color coverage. You may use a latex primer. However if you have a metal or raw wood surface a oil primer is the best for the job. Please note that oil based products are not healthy to breath. A “NOSH” certified mask will prevent you inhaling harmful odors.
  1. Sanding between primer coat is a must! Primer can leave a well covered surface however, primer is not as smooth a paint and can leave a rougher than desired surface if not sanded. Please note to only use a medium to fine sandpaper or sanding sponges.
  1. Tape areas that you don’t want to paint. The perimeter around the area is where you should tape off. Using the  right tape is a necessity!!! 3m makes a tape that is Blue with a orange core. This tape has “Edge Lock” on the sides. The cheap blue tape has vein like stripes on it and will leach paint under the tape and on the area your trying to cover. Make sure you use a putty blade to go over the inside edge of the tape to “Knife it down”. This will lock the edge of the tape to the surface and prevent bleeding through of the paint.
  1. FINALLY PAINTING YEA!!!  Here is where we pro’s differ from the HGTV Do-it-yourselfers. Learn this method and you will be fast and efficient and enjoy the painting process a lot more.



  1. Instead of using a roller pan and hand rolling the walls, if doing a room or more, use a 5 gallon bucket with a 5 gallon roller screen inside of it. Also you will use a roller frame with a non shedding 1/2" roller cover on it. Before using the roller cover wrap the cover with tape and peel off the tape. This will remove any loose hairs from the cover and give you a wall or surface without the fuzz.

  2. Use a 2"-3" all paints brush to cut in the walls. Buying a "Purdy all paints brush" will last project after project if you clean it good. The "All Paint" brush will allow you to use latex or oil with it. Next you will "Cut in the Wall" or area in with your paint first. Use the paint can or 1 gallon bucket filled only 1/8 to 1/4 full of paint. Dip your brush only 1/2 way in paint and smack it gently on the side of the bucket on both sides of the brush. This will push paint inside the brush and remove any excess paint off the brush. First put your paint brush on the wall close to the edge and brush a line 8" long to put paint on the wall. Next go to the edge of the wall and place your brush it. Now cut in the wall. As you drag your brush through the 8" line of paint the brush will pick up the excess paint and allow you to go further down the wall with only one brush stroke. When you run out of paint wipe through your brush line and spread out the bottom of the line of your brush stroke. This will ensure no paint lines show through the edge of the room. Your stroke line should go 18" to 24" per dip into the paint.

  3. Pour the gallon or 2 gallons into the 5 gallon bucket. Rolling the walls will begin by putting a rolling pole on your roller frame. They poles that will allow you to paint with less effort and arm movement. You will love the $20.00 you spent on the roller pole at the end of your job. Roll the cover into the paint by rolling it down the 5 gallon bucket frame. Next twist the pole and frame in a circular motion over the bucket before rolling it onto the wall. This allows all the paint to settle on the roller cover and prevents drips. Roll the wall at corner from floor to your cut in line at ceiling. Next roll mark should start at a 45' angle about a roller frame ahead of your current paint line on the wall and come into the old line. Roll again from floor to ceiling till paint runs out. When the paint runs out roller back through the applied paint from floor to ceiling. This takes any line out of the wall from the roller cover. If you have lines going back through the paint ease up on your pressure on the pole and frame. This can be done by a slight twist of the wrist towards the painted corner. Repeat this process till the end of the wall and repeat on the next wall. Seams like a lot of instruction but it will cut your time in half and save your arms from pain for the next 3 days.



  1. Follow the brush instructions from the Walls Section before applying. When brushing always start at the corner and when brushing 2nd stoke or more always start at last point and when brush is out of paint, lay the paint off you just painted. This is done by starting at ending point and brushing back through the painted surface by barley putting pressure on the brush when brushing back through the paint. This will remove any heavy or deep brush marks. At the end of the stroke back through the paint bring the brush off the surface slowly so you don't leave a stopping point. Repeat this process till surface is coated.
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