There are plenty of sites that offer how-to’s on painting, but here are some of the basic ideas with my tips that I have used on my many painting projects.
- I like to use my finger to apply, especially if it is a small patch – that way you have very little sanding to do
- I also like the colored fillers that dry white – no more guessing if it is dry
- If new switch plates are not in the budget and the existing ones look sad,they can be painted separately and then re-attached – just don’t paint them in place or you won’t be able to remove them very easily
- Use plastic grocery bags for this (tape a few together if you need a larger size), don’t buy anything special
- Use a flat sanding block to make quick work of large areas
- Tedious, I know, but it really should be done
- I like to use cardboard for this (flatten out a box and tape flaps together); it’s easy to move along with you as you paint, and you don’t have to cover the entire room at once – not to mention, the plastic drop cloths stick to your feet!
Now For The FUN Part - Painting!
- I like a decent quality angled brush, 2” to 2 ½” wide – I use one with a long handle and one with a short rubber handle, good for tight spaces
- I tend to roll slowly to prevent the tiny paint splatters, and you can see how good the coverage is – don’t try to “stretch” the paint too far – make sure an area is completely covered before moving on
- I like to work an area no bigger than 4’ x 4’ at a time, blending into the next area so the edges don’t dry
- If your roller cover is new, use masking tape to help get loose fibers off before painting
- In our dry desert climate, I do this even when taking a break
- For a really clean line, cut the dry paint with an Xacto knife along the tape edge, otherwise you may pull your new paint off the wall
- Put a strong rubber band across the top of the paint can to use for scraping your brush off; this keeps the can’s lip clean
Some Tips For Getting YOU Ready To Paint
- Remove all jewelry
- Wear old, but comfortable clothes
- Wear slip on shoes
- Protect your hair with a scarf, shower cap, or baseball hat
- Wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from splatters
- Wear gloves to protect your hands and nails – paint is difficult to remove if you are wearing nail polish
- If you can’t wear gloves, try applying hand lotion to keep the paint from sticking to your hands
- If you must have your phone nearby, keep it inside a plastic bag to protect it
- Play some music to get you going
- And don’t be shy about asking your friends to help – some people really do like to paint!