LaffCo. Painting frequently works on previously started, incomplete projects, often by homeowners themselves. These small projects need not be a big hassle! After you define your project, set a budget, and obtain supplies, the planning and actual painting begins. When it comes time to get the job done, follow these simple tips to help get these small projects complete quickly!

5. Purchasing Super Premium Paint…Unnecessarily.

Many times when purchasing paint, I overhear homeowners asking for paint in a particular paint and finish but unaware of what specific brand to choose. With that latitude, the paint expert will tend to recommend the most expensive paint – it results in the most revenue for the store and potentially the most individual commission for him/her.

While there is a time and place for expensive paint, mid-grade paint is more than sufficient 95% of the time. Examples of terrific mid-grade paintare ProMar 200 from Sherwin Williams, Glidden’s Home Depot Collection, or Super Spec from Benjamin Moore. These selections all offer great coverage, easy application, and last many years.

4. Purchasing Inexpensive Equipment (Brushes & Rollers).

More often than not, those that spend their money on super-premium paint fail to budget for quality application products – brushes, rollers, roller frames, tape, etc. A better idea is to save money on paint and use it on tools! A good brush (Purdy, Wooster) and a good roller cover (Wooster Super Fab 3/4″) can make all the difference in the world.

3.  Rolling First.

People want to see their new paint on the wall and want to get the majority of the painting done fast.  They want to see progress. Unfortunately, rolling first will create a noticeable difference in texture between areas that were rolled and areas that were brushed (cut in). It’s especially important to cut in first when you use Eggshell, Semi-Gloss, or Gloss paint. The more sheen (shine), the easier it is to see imperfections in both your walls and your application.

2. Priming.

In general, priming is overkill. Many major brands now heavily market their all-in-one paint and primer. Those paints work OK, but there is no reason to have a paint and primer in one. As an analogy, it’s like trying to use shampoo and conditioner in one bottle – it doesn’t work well.

From experience, priming is necessary only about 10% of the time. Wood, new drywall, new patch marks, water stains, and unique surfaces such as metal and plastic need to be primed. Everything else does not need to be primed. In many residential applications, priming is not needed.

1.  Taping out the ceiling.

One of the most difficult painting tasks is taping the ceiling – to then expect quality results is unrealistic. As a result, taping out the ceiling is a waste of time and effort. Even if you have a “shaky hand”, cutting in the ceiling is not as difficult as taping. Allow your good Purdy brush to rest in the groove of your ceiling and let your ceiling guide you. Remember – you’re not trying to draw a straight line … you’re following one. It’s always better to get a little paint on the ceiling than to come up short!

With these tips, hopefully your small project will be easy as can be. For larger projects, or with any questions, please contact us!