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26 Jan 2016 - A Few Basic Painting Tips

Repainting your home can become quite a daunting task if you are not sure what you are doing, and sometimes it’s really not worth the saving if you are very inexperienced, since you will have to get it redone and pay the full price anyway. However, if you are very inexperienced, like everyone that does DIY projects was at a time, you have to start somewhere, like everyone else did. If you are willing to practice a little and get a feeling for painting then you may just save yourself a lot of money over the years to come, so we have set up a slight guide for those of you that know absolutely nothing about painting.

A Few Basic Painting Tips

Firstly, you should know about the paint, kinds of paint you get and what to use and what not to use. So, you need to know, as some have learned the hard way, that cheap paint is not the way to go. There is a reason that it is cheap, and you can be sure that it will be more of a hassle than anything else, and you can be even more sure that you will not get a great finish and have the same drying times as with more expensive paint. We never use cheap paint, and you should not either. Now you need to know that there is a difference between indoor paint and outdoor paint. As the titles state, they are for indoor and outdoor projects respectively.

The finish is probably the most important part of the painting job. To simplify, there are five different kinds of finishes and each of them are to be used on different items. A flat finish is the kind of flat looking, matte finish. This is a great look for walls in bedrooms, offices and living rooms, but it will not, for example, look great on furniture. An eggshell finish is like it says, a finish that looks like an eggshell. Not shiny, but it has a slightly sheen look to it and you can use it for the same purposes as a flat finish, depending on your personal preference. A satin finish is a slightly more shiney finish and looks soft and satin-like. This is great for kitchen walls and trimmings on windows. Semi-gloss is even more shiny and is great for the same purposes as a satin finish, but it does not look as soft and velvety. Lastly, you get a glossy finish, which is the most glossy of all, and this finish only looks good on furniture.

The tools that you will be needing are as follow, but remember that you may need something different or other tools entirely depending on your personal preference and the job that you are doing. A paint tray, paint tray liner, paint roller, paint brush, edging piece, something to cover the floor such as old bed sheets, paint tape, a scraper and a carpet knife makes things easier.

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