Tip#1: Primer Quality Differs More Than Paint Quality

Top formulations of latex paints are almost indistinguishable in quality from each other as they go on and age. But there is a wide difference in primer quality. Poor quality primer (or the wrong kind of primer) is more likely to ruin a job than any issue with paint. Primer is also where some people are most likely to cut corners, cheap out and regret it.

Tip#2: Wall Prep is Key

Paul starts by sanding all trim and baseboard by hand using a sponge sanding block. This gets off all the bumps, dust nibs and pet hair. The sponge blocks follow the contours of trim and molding nicely. Use spackling compound for small damage, and sandable, setting-type compound for bigger holes. Latex caulking is best for filling cracked areas that need to remain flexible.

Tip#3: Mental Focus Matters

Getting the “zen” of painting. It’s all about pushing aside all the many other thoughts bouncing around in your head, focussing only on that one square yard of wall or ceiling in front of you. It sounds simple, but it makes for better results with less mess.

Tip#4: Roller and Brush Quality Matters

Your choice of brushes and rollers can boost the speed of your painting by about 30 per cent, and lab tests prove it.

Tip#5: Masking Tape Really Matters

Should you mask that edge or cut in with a brush?

If you are relatively new to painting then purchasing a quality masking tape will help with keeping the lines clean. Be careful that you don’t apply a large amount of paint of the tape.

Painting is one place where craftsmanship, discipline and attention to detail make the difference.