Working on a small paint project around the house? Keep these 10 quick painting tips in mind!

Have a more comprehensive project that needs professional attention? Contact the experts at LaffCo. Painting for a free estimate!

1. Use an Angled Brush — 2 inches only

For most projects, stick to a small, angled brush and positive painting results will follow. There aren’t many situations other than staining that call for a flat brush to be used.

2. Prime when painting w/ Reds & Yellows – not when painting over them.

When working with red, you almost always need a gray primer. However, when painting over a wall that’s already red, two standard coats usually suffice.

Yellows are always difficult – primer is recommended if painting yellow over any dark color.

3. Use 3-inch nap rollers!

Sample 3/4" Nap RollerThe wrong roller cover can leave roller lines while a smaller nap will force you to dip your roller every few feet … and you’ll be rolling for hours. Choose wisely!

4. Don’t tape everything!

Taping should be reserved for horizontal surfaces like baseboards, windowsills, tops of doors, etc. For ceiling lines and vertical trim cuts, allow the ceiling or trim to guide your angled brush.

5. Buy better ceiling paint.

Ceiling Paint from Benjamin MooreCeilings show everything – especially in a room that gets a lot of sunlight. Less expensive ceiling paint leads to roller lines, cut in lines (lines where you brush rather than roll), and you’ll see roller overlap lines. Instead, use high-quality products like Wallshield or Benjamin Moore Ceiling Paint.

6. Remove light switch cover plates, doorknobs, and pull down high hats.

Spending the extra few minutes on these areas leads to a much better-finished product – trust us!

7. Work off of a ‘wet edge’ when painting with Eggshell, Satin, Semi-Gloss, Gloss, or High Gloss.

A ‘wet edge’ is a term meaning one wall at a time. Brush out (cut in) the edges first and roll the middle on ONE wall at a time! This will prevent overlap lines and make the wall look uniform.

8. When Staining, use a China Brush – not a rag.

Wooster China Brush for StainingFor the best results, use a good quality stain like Wood Classics, Minwax, or Cabot. Use a quality natural brush and a rag to rub off the excess, not to apply the stain!

9. 3″ Round should match your baseboard.

When installing new floors, contractors normally install wood 3″ round (shoe molding) to bridge the gap between the floor and the baseboard.

In general, this is easier and most cost-effective – and since 3″ round is part of the baseboard and not the floor, it should match the baseboard. LaffCo. Painting can paint these delicate pieces to match your existing baseboards!

10. Use oil primer for water & smoke stains.

A strong oil primer is always needed to cover water and smoke stains. Some latex products are marketed for these purposes but are ineffective.

Kilz, Cover Stain, and Sherwin-Williams Multi-Purpose Oil Primer all work well to cover water and smoke stains.

We hope these tips help with your next project!