Interior Painting - Introduction Interior Painting - Introduction

If you follow some straightforward procedures, doing your own painting can be enjoyable and effective. With a little study, you can prepare a wall, estimate materials, and use your tools correctly. Pay particular attention to the section on wall preparation and repair. It will guide you through this most important step for a final result that is more attractive and longer lasting.

Painting does not demand a lot of you physically. The toughest part is painting the ceiling. The biggest hurdle, and the key to success, is proper prep. You may want to take shortcuts here. Don't.

Always understand, develop, and adhere to proper safety practices for each project.

Safety Tips:

Use the appropriate tool for the job.
Keep blades sharp. A dull blade requires excessive force and can slip
Wear safety goggles or glasses when using power tools, especially if you wear contacts
Unplug your power tools when making adjustments or changing attachments
Ground your tools to reduce risk of shock
Watch power cord placement so that it does not interfere with the operation of the tool
Use the proper respirator or face mask when sanding or working with chemicals
Wear ear protection when operating power tools. Some operate at a noise level that can damage hearing
Control loose hair and clothing so that they don't get caught in power tools
Clean up spills immediately
Don't smoke or allow open flames, such as a pilot light, around solvents or solvent-based paints
Dispose of rags carefully to avoid spontaneous combustion
Lock the spread bars of your stepladder and have both pairs of legs fully open 
Don't climb a ladder higher than the second step from the top
Brace a ladder 1/4 of its height away from the wall
Don't use an aluminum ladder when working near electrical wires

Useful Terms:

Cutting In - Using a 2 ½-inch brush to paint corners and edges where wall meets wall and wall meets ceiling and next to the trim. These places cannot be covered by a roller.
Feathering - A series of light strokes with brush or roller, lifting the applicator lightly at the end of the stroke to blend in the paint.
Sash Brush - A 1 ½-inch angled brush made for detail painting of windows and narrow trim pieces.
Trim brush - A 2-inch brush for painting door trim and other wide moldings.
TSP - Tri-sodium phosphate, an industrial cleaner.

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