been painting interior walls.. MBR, living, now kitchen
any ideas for painting around trim, cabinets, fixtures? (tape and
brush, tape and small roller, etc) -- this seems to take most of the
prep/clean up -- any advice to make prep and clean-up fast and simple?
Again.. this is a big time consumer, esp. as a DIY when you only have
a coupla hours per session.
how best to subdivide a project - take a full room for example -
window trim, baseboard, ceiling/wall intersection, etc. Is it ok to
tape one day, paint trim the next, paint large areas the next? What
are some tips for breaking a larger proeject (a room) into several
days of 1-3 hours each.
My biggest reco. would be to not let masking tape sit too long (a few days
at most). The sun can bake it onto your windows in a few days or weeks..
No, actually, the biggest is to properly prepare surfaces. Nothing is worse
than doing the job and watching it peel a year later. The majority of the
job is prep work, so bite the bullet and do it.
No, actually, the biggest, if you have a child under age 7, is to be
absolutely sure no lead paint is involved. Even very low levels of lead have
been shown to cause brain damage. If you can clear this hurdle, move to the
last concern. Otherwise, STOP and consider what you are doing with extreme
caution. Unless you have been exposed and are too stupid to read this.
Setting that aside (and it is serious), I recommend using a roller on
virtually everything. It coats beautifully and quickly. It's like driving a
forklift. If you need to get off of it for any reason, you're an amateur.
Roll, roll, roll. Then you can coat most rooms in an hour or two.
I "learned" the tape advice when I did the outside trip - use blue
tape and get it off asap
house built in 92, so I do not suspect lead anywhere and presumably
all new paint is lead free
rolling is good.. and goes well.. but what tricks to get the other
stuff out of the way.. around window trip, cabinets, corners, etc and
any ideas to keep clean-up quick and simple.
Read the instructions. It says keep a wet edge. Took me years to
figure out what the heck that meant. It means that you place the
brush on unpainted area and roll or brush towards painted to minimize
distrubing the skin on previously painted area. Also when using trim
tools, keep them clean and put minimal paint on them. Keep paint
clean of dry paint. If you get any dry paint mixed into can, pour it
thru cheesecloth filters sold at paint store to get hard particles
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