It's understandable that hiring someone for your painting project may not be possible. So for the sake of giving back, let me share some of the products we admire. We will start with some DIY Do's & Don'ts.
5 DIY DO'S
Do remove all mirrors, hangers, nails, outlet covers & light switches before painting.
Do protect and cover everything you don't want painted. The extra time required to cover your valuables will ALWAYS be worth it.
Do use primer where recommended. Need to cover over dark colours? Need to cover over a high gloss surface? Need to cover over Dap repair or drywall compound? USE PRIMER!
Do save time, talk to your paint representative, try purchasing ALL the paint supplies your going to need upfront.
Do, always paint from top to bottom. You must cover your runs and drips at the time of rolling. Pros are conscience of this. DIY generally miss this part, set yourself apart from the pack.
5 DIY DONT'S
Don't skimp on paint brushes and rollers. Purchasing paint at $50-$125 a gallon and then turning around and buying a $5 brush and a $3 dollar roller sleeve is a recipe for disaster.
Don't skimp on Tape period! Because your not a pro your going to need a lot of this stuff. Painters tape ONLY, not just masking tape.
Don't neglect prep time. Although you may be eager to see that beautiful colour on your walls, skipping the part where you clean walls, apply repair compound to damaged area is a big no-no. Don't forget to sand down those areas your choose to repair with fine grit sandpaper. Prep is the difference between DIY and weekend painter finish.
Don't use Flat paint in a high traffic area. Common sense dictates that a Flat paint that would be beautiful and practical on your crown mouldings, does belong on a hallway that is outside your children bedrooms.
Don't skip clean up. Why destroy a $20 brush by not cleaning it after use? Why throw out a $9 microfibre roller sleeve, when you can simply clean it? Save money and love our environment.
Some Great Products
Microfibre rolling sleeves- Eliminate dust,(Bennett is great & Canadian)Retail app $8.00store in fridge over night in plastic bag for easy reuse next day
Frog tape Of course REAL painters don't use masking tape. But if your new to the game and can't cut with just a brush, I suggest this is by far the best product. $9-12 a roll.
Paint brush - Real painters only use 2.5-3.0, smaller brushes don't hold enough paint, and you will find they create more work in the long run. Your brush is an extension of your hand, and the bristles can be manipulated easily by rotating your hand and not moving to slowly. Practice is always required, so practice not on the wall edges at first but on open spaces. We love Wooster & Purdy brushes. These good brushes generally run $12-$20. Don't cheap out on a brush, it's a recipe for disaster. Always clean your brush after use.
Dap drydex- This lovely pink creation fills those tiny holes, wall abrasions, and nail damage areas. Remember you only need to put a small amount on the damaged area. Coverage should only run a few centimetres over that area. To speed up drying time use a hair dryer. Once dry, lightly sand with a sanding block maybe 120 grit. Depending on container size this product runs around $5-$12.
Note, any area that requires drywall spackling, or drywall compound should be primed before paint.
Puddy knifes - Buy a decent size buddy knife, the small ones have there limitations. Good for paint scraping, and great for removing debris from walls, and applying all types of spakle & compounds. Knives start around $5.00 but are a worthwhile investment.
Basic screwdriver set - A must for completing a great finish. Great for removing all types of wall mounts, hardware and lighting prior to wall prep. (Never a good idea to tape things that should be removed). Always a sale on screwdriver sets, so $15 and up.
Paint pan & plastic sleeves- Always purchase the largest pan that the hardware store sells, and the largest corresponding plastic sleeve, it cuts down on waste & mess. Large pans run around $12-$15, and sleeves around $2.50-$3.00 per.
Drop Clothes - Do yourself a favour and spend the money. Yes there expensive, a decent size drop cloth will start at $30 and go up quickly from there. Buy BIG, you may quickly realize how much work they can be to move around especially when you have an 8ft ladder on top of it.
Drywall compound & Sheet Rock products- As much as we could get into usage of these products, I would suggest that if your thinking of using them, and haven't before, GIVE US A CALL...
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