Cover Up

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.
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Surface Preparation

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.
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Painting Holidays

In painting, holidays are areas which were not covered by paint. These missed areas will haunt most people for years to come. So don't rush. Watch it dry Latex paint takes between one to six hours to dry. Oil requires eight to 24 hours to cure. The time depends on the climate and moisture in the area you are painting.
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Stripping Ventilation

Use paint strippers outdoors if possible. If you must use them indoors, cross-ventilate by opening all doors and windows. Make sure there is fresh air movement throughout the room. Ventilate the area before, during, and after applying and stripping. Never use any paint stripper in a poorly ventilated area. If work must be done indoors under low ventilation conditions, consider having the work done professionally instead of attempting it yourself.
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Mixing Technique

Using a power drill and paddle attachment mechanizes the job of stirring paint, but it can cause splatters. One way to solve the problem is to use a paper plate. Punch a hole in the center of the plate and push the end of the paddle attachment through the hole before chucking it into your drill. Then hold the plate down over the open can while stirring.
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Painting Over Paper

It is always a temptation to take short cuts. You may choose to paint over wallpaper either because you don't want to take the time to remove it, or perhaps the paper hides cracks and defects in the walls of your older home. Most professionals will suggest that you remove the paper because it may peel or the wall covering texture will be difficult to paint over.
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Cleaning Solvent

Use the right solvent to clean up paint equipment. Check the paint can label. Generally use a mild detergent solution for water-based paints, mineral spirits for alkyd enamels, mineral spirits or turpentine for oil paints, alcohol for shellac, and mineral spirits for varnish. When you are reusing solvent for cleaning equipment, occasionally rub some between your fingers. When it begins to feel sticky, dispose of properly.
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