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Tips for interior house painting


If you can’t see what you’re doing- why bother? Invest in a good halogen work light or two. Clamp lights and house lamps just do not offer enough illumination for top-quality work. Halogen work lights can be purchased at paint stores and home centers.

Wipe surfaces after sanding

A basic but important tip for a good paint job is to wipe surfaces after sanding. This can be accomplished by using a wiping cloth or old towel. Sanded surfaces, and surrounding surfaces, will often be coated with dust. Paint or primer applied over dusty surfaces may not adhere properly. It may also combine with the dust coating to produce a rough, gritty painted finish. Slightly dampening the wiping cloth or towel will help to control dust.

Boxing paint

Cans of paint of like color and sheen should be boxed together before cutting-in and painting begins. Boxing paint means mixing paint together. Boxing paint is important so that the color and sheen are uniform throughout the room or area being painted. This is especially important when paint is custom-tinted. Without boxing, applied paint may show variation in color and/or sheen in different areas of the room.

Boxing paint requires an empty can or a clean, empty five-gallon bucket. Paint should be thoroughly stirred before being mixed “around” between paint cans and the empty can. If a five-gallon bucket is used, empty paint into the bucket and stir thoroughly. Paint can be rolled from the five-gallon container. (fill the five-gallon container with approximately 2 gallons of paint and use a rolling screen)

Use professional-grade paintbrushes

Professional-looking interior house painting results are much easier to achieve with professional-grade paintbrushes. Pro-grade paintbrushes have superior bristles and shaping to help you apply paint precisely. Avoid “bargain” paintbrushes. As a house painting professional with over twenty year’s experience, I would have a difficult time doing a good job with some bargain paintbrushes. It’s just not worth the aggravation.

Ask your paint dealer to show you their best paintbrushes. Discussing your painting project with a knowledgeable salesperson will help to identify the bristle-types and sizes of the paintbrushes that you need.

Use a shed-resistant roller cover for rolling paint

Shed-resistant roller covers are the choice when rolling paint. They shed little, if any, nap lint when used to apply paint. Before paint application, use a piece of masking tape to lightly remove any loose nap lint from the surface of the roller cover.

Avoid the use of lower-quality roller covers. Bargain roller covers may leave numerous pieces of nap lint in applied paint. Visible nap lint in the dried paint finish detracts from the look of the surface.

Detailed information about interior house painting surface preparation can be found in the book:

The Homeowner's Guide to Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting

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