How-To - Painting

Painting tips: Paint with ease

Painting any part of your home can be a daunting task. But these painting tips will have you painting like a pro. Before starting your next painting job, follow our painting tips.

With some brushstrokes of paint here and some rolling there, you finish your room's first coat of paint. As you reach for that well-deserved beverage, you notice paint splotches on the ceiling, roller lapmarks on the walls and primer peaking through. You could use some painting tips.

"The majority of people go into painting thinking there's nothing to it," says Jerry Aleksic, owner of Artistic Design Decorators, a Toronto-based painting and wallpapering specialist for over 55 years. "Then they're in the midst of doing it [painting] and they notice something is wrong."

Not anymore -- we have expert painting tips for you.

Selecting a colour
Paint may be the cheapest way to refresh a room but it certainly isn't the easiest thing to decide on. First, look at paint chips in artificial and natural light. Then, buy a quart of good quality paint. Jerry says cheap paint spatters and will take more coats to cover. Test the chosen colour on a few three-by-three foot areas in the room. When the paint is dry, look at it in the morning, afternoon and evening to determine whether the colour works for you.

Preparing
Strip the room, and cover any remaining furniture and the floor with dropcloths. For the best paint adhesion, wash walls, doors and trim with a light detergent solution, rinse well with a damp cloth and let dry thoroughly. Sand any glossy finishes, such as doors, window sashes and trim, and remove dust with a tack cloth. "Sixty per cent of the work is proper preparation," says Jerry. "Sanding and plastering are just as important as painting."

Spread compound over any bubbles or scaling paint, and smooth with a putty knife until flush with the surface. For gaps and cracks in molding, apply compound but use your finger to smooth, as you won't be able to sand in this area.

Don't forget to remove doorknobs, coverplates and ceiling-light rings for a clean paint job.

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