Painting With Pads

When using a paint pad, apply the paint with long, straight strokes, all in the same direction. Do not pull the pad back over the painted area. Also, be aware that paint pads have a tendency to leave lap marks if you do not feather the paint carefully where one stroke meets another.
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Roller Recycle

Get the most out of your paint roller by cleaning and re-using it. After washing, hang the roller on a rope or dowel to dry, don't stand the roller on its end or lay it on it's nap. Dry thoroughly before storing in dust-free cabinets or boxes.
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Painting Time

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.
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Pre-dampen Brushes

When starring out, pre-dampen your brushes slightly before dipping into the paint. Slightly damp brushes apply paint more evenly. When working with latex paints, moisten with water: when applying oil-based paints, first dip them into paint thinner, then pat them with paper towels to remove excess thinner.
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Lead Paint Effects

If not detected early, children with high levels of lead in their bodies can suffer from: damage to the brain and nervous system; behavior and learning problems; slowed growth, hearing problems and headaches. Adults can suffer from: difficulties during pregnancy; other reproductive problems, high blood pressure; digestive problems; nerve disorders; memory and concentration problems; muscle and joint pain.
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Interior vs. Exterior Paint

One of the most important things to be aware of is that paint is formulated for either interior use or exterior use, and they have different properties: Interior paint is formulated for: Scrubbability and stain resistance; Good hiding ability; Splatter resistance; Easy touch-up. Exterior paint is formulated for: Color retention; Resistance to fading; Flexibility to withstand expansion and contraction due to weather; To provide a mildew resistant coating; Resistance to tannin bleed. Don't think that you should use exterior paints indoors on the assumption that it is "tougher". In fact, some of the highest-grade exterior paints can be worse to use indoors than a lower-quality interior paint.
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