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    whats the secret to painting interier wallss

    im going to paint the walls in my home is there a scret to painting or tips

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    I will let you in on my little secret. Hire a professional painter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
    i will let you in on my little secret. Hire a professional painter.
    this!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    im going to paint the walls in my home is there a scret to painting or tips
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    If you do it yourself, buy some good drop cloths. Not plastic, but actual cloth.
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    Don't cheap out on the brush. I like 2.5" angled sash Purdy brushes for cutting in the ceilings and trim. Clean the brush really well and put it in the sleeve it came in and it should last for years. Don't get ahead of yourself and cut in the whole room, cut in enough so your roller/brush is always hitting wet paint. Put your loaded roller on a pole and start to roll a big "m" from the middle of the wall up then back down over where you started and up and over then down. Repeat slightly overlapping each "m". Every 6' or so, with a damp (not loaded) roller, roll down from the top to the bottom move over then repeat. This is called back rolling and will spread the paint out and eliminate roller marks. If you are doing the ceilings, do them first as it's easier to cut in the wall to the ceiling than the ceiling into the wall. Also you don't want any drips from the roller to land on your freshly painted walls. Good luck.

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    i been waiting for over 4 hours on a ac guy to replace my ac.. i hate dealing with the pros

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    ty for the advice everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    i been waiting for over 4 hours on a ac guy to replace my ac.. i hate dealing with the pros
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    If coming from a dark to light, or a radical color difference, will have to do 2 coats. For the first coat, use a cheap primer and tint it a shad off from your final color, so you can tell where you have been on the final coat. If similar color, use a paint with the primer in it. While it is more expensive, you are saving money by not hiring a pro. Use a roller, not an air sprayer inside. Trim the corner and wall/ceiling, wall/floorboard with the slanted brush mentioned earlier. Assuming you are going to paint the floorboards - either same color or white, save them til last and overlap on wall painting isn't that critical...can even do a roller edge. When using a roller, for evenness proceed section by section. I essentially make a "W" pattern, then even out the square the "W" fit into. Repeat down the wall until ceiling to floor is complete, then roll the full length as all 2 or 3 sections are still wet. Move over and repeat the "W" box fill ceiling to floor. then as you do the final roll before moving over again, overlap the prior just slightly. Depending on the wall texture, assuming smooth drywall, would want a 3/8 nap roller brush.
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    thanks again for all the advice im going from lighht green and yellow to white

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    +1 on canvas drop cloths and good brushes. Also, use good paint (I like Dunn-Edwards) and spend extra time on prep and trim.

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    Aside from proper technique and equipment, the biggest key to every type or surface refinishing job is surface preparation and other prep work. Make sure you don't have residue, loose paint chips, and any other issues, just a ready to go clean surface, and protect with those drop cloths and tape and perhaps other supplies all of those things you don't want getting painted on.
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    aersol fogger cans full of paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
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    and a BB ***.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
    Aside from proper technique and equipment, the biggest key to every type or surface refinishing job is surface preparation and other prep work. Make sure you don't have residue, loose paint chips, and any other issues, just a ready to go clean surface, and protect with those drop cloths and tape and perhaps other supplies all of those things you don't want getting painted on.
    yeah

    surface prep is everything.
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    too much hassle. just buy a new house with colors you like.
    way easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    too much hassle. just buy a new house with colors you like.
    way easier.
    This.

    I have painted every house I have lived in for the last 30 years... that is 4 houses, some twice.

    The best tips I can give you are clean the walls first... tape or remove what you don't want painted, then do small details first. (your hands will get tired holding the brush, and it is hard to do details with tired hands) Then get a roller and roll the paint on randomly (avoid following patterns such as up down or right left). Finally, just after dark, and before you put away the paint tools, get a real bright light and put it in the center of the room... a floor lamp with a bare bulb is ideal. Your missed or lite spots will stand out, and you can then touch them up.

    Then either wash up everything or wrap the brushes and rollers in several layers of plastic wrap (they can be used again tomorrow).

    Be zen like in your approach, take time and relax. Bring in a radio that you don't mind getting paint drops on, and find a station you like. Don't rush.

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    I dare you to paint with thermochromic paint
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    Surface prep is key, and try not to be too sick of the prep work when you get around to actually putting paint on the walls.

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    And since this is foo, let me be the first to suggest wallpaper. Or lots of posters.

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    To truly become a painter, at least judging by the crews that paint our projects, you will need a good felony record and be on work release, or at the minimum lose your driver's license to substance abuse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Surface prep is key, and try not to be too sick of the prep work when you get around to actually putting paint on the walls.
    This is why having social misfits works best.

    Prep work is key and a totally miserable job. You must be driven by a need to placate your spouse (my case) or can't find other paying work.

    I'd never let a paint crew into my house because I'd fear A) Theft B) Casing my home for theft C) a pervert taking one or both of my cats for their bizarre appetites (actually that would be OK) or D) not getting them to leave at the end of the day because we bonded.
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    Yeah, I left out the prep work. I usually wash the walls with tri-sodium phosphate. Not only does it remove the film and grime on the walls, but all the dust from the top of the door jamb and other places from sloppy house keeping. Also, pet peeve...don't try to paint around them. Removed electrical plates, drapery hardware and loosen (or remove) door handles and thermostats. Fill nail holes with spackling, even if going to hang pictures in the same place.

    Now if you were doing it correctly, with the money you saved, you would be putting in new flooring. That way, all the furniture is out of the room and you can paint the ceiling, and no dropcloth is required as you are throwing out the flooring. Much easier applying the paint because you don't have to do contortions around the furniture. Plus you can rip out the baseboards and door frame. Paint the new modern baseboards outside, and only have to touch up the finishing nail holes - no masking required, and exceptionally clean lines.
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