Painting Tips

Yay! I got some more priming done today! In honor of the occasion, I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned via the school of hard knocks. 😉

  1. Buy a good paintbrush–you’ll save time on cleanup, and they last longer (making you actually spend LESS in the long run.) The good quality brushes are also more precise on things like edges, which could save you some money on all that silly blue tape you planned to purchase.
  2. Never skimp on the quality of your primer–primer is the backbone of your paint job. Quality is the key to success.
  3. Handy Paint Cup: you need one, they are convenient as heck, and ridiculously cheap. I wash mine to re-use, even though they say they are “disposable”.
  4. Ask a pro. There are people that work @ the Lowe’s/Home Depot type stores that know their paint, but they are few and far between. It’s one thing to go there and get the teensy “test” can of paint (which I do all the time), but you really want someone who knows what they are doing to help you choose coordinating colors, determine your best primer option (quality-wise, as well as whether to tint it and what color to tint it), and for other questions about techniques and such you may have.
  5. Did I mention the importance of a good quality brush? 😉
  6. Definitely practice your technique on a setup similar (i.e. a mockup of a window frame) to what you will be working on to perfect your technique before going all out on your actual project. You aren’t doing yourself any favors if you purchase all the supplies and then have to call in a pro (or buy more supplies) to fix your screwups–because you will have screwups–especially if you don’t practice first.
  7. Corners, especially inside ones are harder than they look, and if you are a gal, think of what happens if you get a big, thick wad of nail polish on your nail–it’s the first part to peel off–your paint job will do pretty much the same thing if you don’t practice and know what you are doing. Especially on those silly inside corners…ask me how I know! 😛

So anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. Later on this evening I’ll post an update on the back door, since it’ll be completely finished today. Yay! 🙂

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