Painting 101 (Part 2): Let’s Paint!
In the previous post I offered suggestions on selecting a color scheme and covering up all valuable elements to prevent painting casualties. In case you missed the last 2 steps, you can find them here.
Now it’s time to sand, prime and paint! To avoid errors due to haste, dedicate a reasonable chunk of time from your day for these steps.
Step 3: The Tools
In addition to the paint and primer, here’s a quick list of other tools you’ll need for the day:
1. Brushes (For areas above baseboards or around switches)
2. Tray to pour paint (you may need a bucket if you’re painting a large space)
4. Paint Stirrer
5. Sanding Block
6. Extension Pole (rollers can be attached to this to reach higher areas in case a ladder isn’t enough)
7. A damp rag for cleaning up messes or mistakes
Step 4: Sanding & Priming
Sanding and priming the wall before painting creates a smooth, even surface which allows the paint to adhere better. In addition, a primer is essential to prevent seeing through a darker color if you’re painting a lighter one over it. You can also patch any holes/imperfections during this step before applying the new coat of paint.
Here’s a short video with tips on the process of sanding:
Here’s another one with tips on patching holes:
Don’t forget to cover your face with a scarf or mask to avoid inhaling the dust while sanding!
Step 5: Paint Away!
1. Make sure the room is sufficiently ventilated while you paint and keep a damp rag handy to clean up any mistakes immediately.
2. Open the can of paint, mix the paint using the stirrer and pour into the deep end of the paint tray.
3. Use the paint brush to paint a 2-3 inch band around the edges of your wall, around moldings, switches etc.).
3. Dip the roller into the tray and roll back and forth on the flat part to remove excess paint.
4. Use long, flowing vertical strokes and paint continuously to cover an entire wall surface. Once the roller starts to make a peeling sound, it needs to be loaded with more paint. Don’t worry about making the first coat perfect.
Apply the second coat once the first is dry to the touch (or according to the instructions on the paint can).
5. Remove the tape around power points and other architectural elements once the second coat is nearly dry.
6. Enjoy your newly painted space :)!
Hope you enjoyed this post and look out for the next and final one in this series on special techniques like applying textures and using stencils!