30 Jan The Tools You Need to Paint Correctly
Painting a room is relatively easy with the correct equipment and knowing how to use them. Imagine an average empty interior room. What you will typically need for a clean and efficient paint job is a drop cloth to cover the floor, 9 inch roller handle and pad, 9 inch roller pan, a paint brush of your liking (I personally like using the brand Purdy and the 2.5 inch angled medium stiffness brush), rolling pole, masking tape, plastic sheeting, caulking gun and caulking, putty flex knife and spackle, Philips screw driver, flat head screw driver, or a drill, and a ladder.
Step 1: Cover the floor with a drop cloth (use a rubberized drop cloth to avoid paint seeping through the cloth onto your floor, they are a little more money but will save you a big headache).
Step 2: Remove the outlet and switch plate covers (careful to not shock yourself).
Step 3: Mask the outlet and switches, being careful to not shock yourself. If you are not painting any of the trim, use your masking tape to tape along the trim edge that is adjacent to the surface you are painting. I see people use tape along the ceiling to help then get a straighter line, but this is not effective because paint will bleed behind the tape. If you choose to use this method I would recommend caulking the edge of the tape that will be painted using a small bead and wiping most of it away. When you go to remove the tape, use a sharp razor blade to cut along the edge you caulked as you remove the tape. Be careful not to cut yourself.
Step 4: Clean the walls with a cleaner such as Simple Green or something similar. Be careful on the surfaces you get it on.
Step 5: Caulk cracks as you need to. Example: trim against the wall or minor cracks in the wall. Spackle holes as needed. Example: nail holes.
Step 6: After caulking and spackle dry, sand the spackle.
Step 7: Apply your base coat to promote adhesion for your finish coat.
Step 8: After the base coat cures to the recommended time, apply your first finish coat.
Step 9: After the first finish coat cures to the recommended time, apply your second finish coat.
Step 10: Clean up your paint, masking, drops, and re-install any item you removed. Step back and look at your finished work and enjoy it.
This is your basic guide for tools and the process to paint a room. Some rooms may require different equipment and number of coats of paint. Refer to your local paint store for detailed information on paint products.