Painting Ceilings and Walls

To paint a room efficiently and neatly, work from top to bottom. Start with the ceil-ing, letting the paint lap onto the walls. Next use a 2-in. angled brush to “cut in” areas along the ceiling and along the baseboard, door and window trim. Hold the brush like a pencil. Dip the bristles one-third of their length into paint; gently press out excess paint against the side of the container. Apply the paint in smooth, overlapping strokes. Finally, roll the walls and paint the trim and moldings. Mix the paint thoroughly before you use it. Let your paint dealer mix it on a machine if you will be painting right away. If you have had the paint for a while, turn the can upside down and let it sit for 24 hours before you open it. To ensure a uniform color, pour the two or three cans it might take to paint a room into a large bucket and mix them together. Then pour paint back into a smaller container or roller tray for working. Always reclose the can; this keeps your supply from drying out, picking up stray grit or spilling.

Painting order.

  1. Paint ceiling.
  2. Cut in paint at tops of walls, around doors and windows, in corners, around switches and outlets and along baseboard moldings.
  3. Paint walls, starting at ceiling and working down.
  4. Paint trim and moldings.

Rolling Paint

Here’s a method for rolling paint that’s not fancy but gets the job done in record time. It will also eliminate common problems like light areas, roller marks and built-up ridges.

  1. Load the roller cover by dipping it halfway into the paint, then rolling it against the screen. Do this two or three times.
  2. Reload the roller and repeat the process in the adjacent space, working back toward the painted area. with poor quality equipment, so invest in high-quality tools. Purchase a good roller frame that won’t let the cover slip off, a short or medium nap wool blend roller cover, an extension handle, a large bucket and a bucket screen.
  3. Start about 30 cm from the bottom and 15 cm from the corner. Roll upward at a slight angle using light pressure. Then roll up and down quickly toward the corner to spread the paint.
  4. Roll back over the entire area to smooth and blend the paint. Roll from floor to ceiling, slightly overlapping the previous stroke.

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