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June 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

Painting seems like a basic concept. You just get a brush and apply the paint to the wall. While this approach will work, quality painting is a set of skills, without which the painting job will have visible errors and look poor. But with the proper technique, a homeowner can paint his own house, and improve the dwelling with a professional quality job.

Before painting anything, it's important to have the proper equipment. Understand that anything you wear will get paint on it, no matter how careful you are. This includes hats, watches, glasses and shoes. If you wear glasses, it's a good idea to wear a baseball style hat to keep drips off the lenses, and to keep paint out of hair. Traditional colors for painters' clothing is white, but anything that you don't plan to wear for any other purpose. Long pants and sleeves are good, since getting paint off arms and legs can be difficult.

Actual painting equipment needed includes rollers, a roller pan and extender handles. You'll also need a drop cloth and masking tape. Old sheets can work, but a drop cloth specifically designed for the purpose will not soak through as readily as a sheet. Paint brushes and small rollers will probably also be needed. You'll need paint stirring sticks, and of course, the actual paint. Depending on the area to be painted, a ladder or step stool will also be necessary. Lighting is important, since defects in painting often do not show up well under poor light. If the room cannot be lit well with daylight or room lights, halogen work lights should be used. Finally, a fan or two might be necessary, to keep the room ventilated, since paint fumes are dangerous.

Once the proper clothing and equipment has been acquired, mask door frames and the edges of where the paint is supposed to end. It might seem possible to paint a perfectly straight edge with a paintbrush and a careful hand, but unless extreme care is taken, the job will look shoddy. The time taken to tape the area will actually save time in painting and provide a crisp edge.

If the surface to be painted is bare wood or very old paint, primer should be used first. This is a white paint-like substance that is slightly thicker than actual paint. If the old coat of paint is flaking off, it should be scraped away. When scraping paint, wear a mask as paint dust is not good for the lungs.

Once the actual paint job commences, begin in an area of the room that is not readily visible, such as behind a bookcase or in a back corner. This will ensure that as you gain skill, you progress to more important areas, leaving mistakes out of sight. Put in inch or two of paint in the paint pan, enough to cover the bottom of the reservoir, but not enough to cover the ridged, sloped part. Dip the roller into the paint, and then spin the roller by "painting" the bottom of the pan. The goal is to cover the entire roller in a layer of paint. The roller should have enough paint that it's not pouring off, but drips are OK (that's why the drop cloth is down).

Paint the wall, running the roller up and down. The goal is to avoid runs and drips. If a run appears (usually forming at the ends of the roller), roll over it, smoothing it out. Don't paint with a dry roller. When the layer of paint being applied appears to be getting a bit thin, get more paint from the pan.

Feathering is a technique used when two slightly different colors of paint are used immediately next to each other, such as when patching a hole with replacement paint that couldn't be matched exactly. For this, use a paintbrush with not very much paint on it. Lightly brush back and forth, perpendicular to the direction of the join between the colors. If the brushing is light enough, with a small enough difference between the colors, a nearly imperceptible junction can be made.

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