Removing all the electrical face plates, pictures and decoration.
1. Remove all the hardware in the room. Take down all the decoratios and then scan the walls for any nail
holes or thumb tacks - remove these. Take off the electrical outlet covers. You should turns off the circuit
breakers before you do this. A great idea for cleaning the outlet covers is to put them in the dish washer.

Clean or Wash the walls.

2. If you are painting a room, like a bathroom, its a good idea to lightly wash the walls down to clean them.
Also, if the room you're painting is dusty or dirty - clean them. Paint does not stick well to dust and dirt. Its also
a good idea to vacuum the carpets before you start painting - you will be crawling on your hands and knees
when doing your cut ins.

Mask areas that are to be protected from paint.

3. If you're not a pro with a brush, use blue painters tape to mask around anything that should not be painted.
To make the job faster you can purchase hand maskers that put the painters take right onto sheets of paper
or plastic thus letting you mask larger areas. Paper mask any wood or vinyl flooring and then put drop clothes
down over the carpeted areas.

Spackle holes and small cracks.

4. Next step is to fill in any nail holes in the walls with spackle. Put some spackle on the tip of your finger and
mush it into the hole. Wipe the area clean so the spackle lays flush to the wall. You can also use a putty knife
to a white chalky color. Sand it so that none of the spackle is sticking out from the wall, but is only filling the
hole. You may want to dab some primer on these spots using feathery strokes all around the hole.

Caulk cracks, holes and seems in trim areas.

5. Caulk any areas that need to be caulked. Keep you finger on the release button so that when you let go
the flow will stop. Fill in areas like trim around windows and doors, baseboards and cracks. With your finger
wet, run your finger down your caulk line to smooth the caulking. Then use a damp rag to go over the
smoothed caulk line to give it a finished look. You should wait at least 12 hours before painting over the
caulking to allow for drying.

Start with the brush work first.

6. Before you start rolling the walls with paint, you should do your "cut ins." Cut ins are areas like painting up
to base boards, window trim, corners and around electrical outlets. Use a small sash brush for this work.
When using a brush you will want to fill a paint bucket with only one inch of paint. This also serves the
purpose of being more difficult to spill the paint in the bucket.

Set up your roller paint containers.

7. When getting ready to roll the walls, its a good idea to pour your paint into another container like a paint
tray. As a pro, we find it easier to use 5 gallon buckets with "bucket screens" when we use rollers. But trays
work well too.

Rolling the walls with paint.

8. The first step to rolling your walls is to load the roller with paint. You want to roll the roller in the paint so
that it covers all the way around the entire roller cover. Roll it against the paint tray or roller screen to remove
excess paint and let it sit for a minute or two. This lets the paint soak into the roller cover. Once you have let
the roller sit for a minute, re-apply the paint to the roller cover and remove the excess paint again - now the
roller is loaded.

Rolling technique.

9. Begin by making an M pattern on the wall. Be careful not to apply too much paint to the wall. You will have
better results if you apply two thin coats of paint as apposed to one thick coat. Apply the first coat of paint,
then a second, until the color is solid and uniform.

Finishing up with the trim areas.

10. The last part of the project is brush painting your floor boards and window and door trim. When painting
these areas, use long brush strokes. You can also use a little paint conditioner to help the paint level out and
reduce brush lines.
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The Painting Process
Painting the interior of your house can be fun and
exciting, but it is also time consuming and labor
intensive. You dont want to rush your paint job
and end up having a sloppy look to your project.
You're looking for surfaces that are smooth and
uniform in color, so its wise to follow some
simple steps when painting your interior. Before
you get into your painting project, pick your colors wisely and use quality
interior paint that has some sheen. Cheap paint will end up costing you more
down the road because it wont last as long.
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