Interior Painting 101

paintHave you recently walked through your living room and felt that something just does not look right?

You realize that the problem is not your furniture or decor and you wonder what could be wrong. Then you look at the walls. The bright orange paint that appealed to you 15 years ago has finally begun to lose its charm. Or perhaps the color is perfect; however you have recently begun to notices chips, cracks, and even fading of the paint.

Depending on the level of your discontent you will make one of two choices: replace it with a new coat of paint or live with it. If you do decide to replace it, here are a couple tips to get you started:

Brush Basics – There are generally two brush options for you to choose from: natural bristle brushes and synthetic bristle brushes. The synthetic is best for latex paints, for oil-based paints you can use either natural or synthetic brushes.

Tape Talk – One of the best pieces of advice is to buy plenty of low tack and use it to tape off baseboards, moldings, and doorknobs. It will save you time on cleaning.

Patience is a Virtue – When applying multiple coats of paint, allow the walls to dry to the touch between applications. Premature brushing of the second coat can ruin the job by pulling up the first coat of paint.

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