When painting a room which has surfaces that are in good shape, plan on spending about half as much time on preparation and clean-up as the actual painting. Where surfaces are in poor shape, non-painting time will increase accordingly, and may take more time than the paint application itself. To save time in cleaning up paint trays, either line them with aluminum foil before starting, or simply slip smaller trash bags over them.
As part of your pre-painting preparation, check the weather forecast. The perfect conditions for painting are a mild day with temperatures between 50 and 80 degrees, little or no wind, and low humidity. Avoid painting if rain or very high humidity is predicted within 24 hours. Stop painting early enough for the surface to dry before evening dew sets it.
When painting steps, start with the underside of each step’s overhang, then move on to the risers and the treads.
Stir wallpaper paste for longer than suggested by the manufacturer to ensure that there are no lumps. A wooden dowel makes and ideal stirrer. Also stir the paste from time to time during wallpapering.
Be sure that your first coat of paint is dry before applying a secpnd coat. Although latex paint will quickly feel dry to the touch, adhere to the specified drying times for the best results.
Using a tinted primer before painting is a great way to get the exact color you’re looking for in less time – especially if you’re using a deep, vivid color. Tinted primer can be tinted to a variety of gray shades selected for their ability to improve hide and achieve the desired depth of color and intensity.
Though it may seem like common sense to some people, one of the easiest ways to cover your furniture (if you have to keep it in the room) is to move it all to the middle of the room and cover it all with old sheets and/or drop cloths.
Prepasted wallpaper needs soaking to activate the paste. Loosely roll up a cut length so that the water will come into contact with all the pasted surface easilly, thus activating the paste.
When power mixing, reduce the splattering by putting the container in a large trash bag.
It is a great temptation to start painting without spending time to properly prepare the surface, but this can be a big mistake. Shortcuts on surface preparation can cause even the highest quality paints to fail prematurely. In fact, experts maintain that inadequate surface preparation is the single greatest cause of paint failures. Whether you are doing interior or exterior painting, good surface preparation requires that the surface be as clean as possible and in good repair. Paint performance depends on good paint adhesion, and paint adheres best to surfaces that are clean and sound.