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Painting Tips from the Pros

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Tools of the trade

According to the DIY Network, painting is now the number one home-improvement project tackled by Americans. But how do you ensure professional results? To make the project easier, professional painters recommend a few “must-haves" on the job.

Step 1

Sandpaper or Sanding Blocks

 

·         Sand over walls and baseboards to create a smooth surface to ensure paint will adhere effectively and evenly. 

 

·         A durable aluminum oxide, A-weight paper with 100- to 150-grit is suitable for most general purpose sanding applications.

 

Step 2

Five-in-One

 

·         A professional painter’s secret weapon, this practical tool can be used to open paint cans, clean rollers, scrape peeling paint, remove old caulk, open cracks and apply putty. 

 

Step 3

Painter’s Tape

 

·         To help create a professional looking paint job, use painter’s grade masking tape to cover and protect any areas not to be painted. 

 

 

·         When covering delicate surfaces such as wallpaper, treated woodwork and drywall, be sure to use a low tack adhesive masking tape, such as Duck® brandClean Release® Painter's Tape, to ensure that delicate surfaces will not be damaged when removing the tape.

 

 

Step 4

Paint Brushes and Rollers

 

·         A quality brush makes it easier to apply paint evenly.

 

·         Use a one- to two-inch, high-quality, nylon/polyester, angled brush because they can be used with all coatings, hold paint better and provide better brush control where detail is necessary.

 

·         The right roller is dependent on the type of paint being applied, so look for a roller that is specified for the paint finish you have selected (i.e., gloss, satin, flat, etc.)

 

Step 5

Interior Latex Paint

 

·         For most indoor applications, latex interior paints are ideal since they are formulated for durability and stain resistance, splatter resistance and easy touch-up. Latex paints are also easy to work with and dry quickly.

 

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