- Feb 18, 2020
BIG JIM'S HOUSE PAINTING BASICS
1. Buy the BEST paint and tools (brushes, rollers, etc.) you can afford.
Bristle brushes are for oil paint, nylon are for water base. They are NOT interchangable.
2" or 2.5" brush
Advanced skills: 1" or small (under 2") Angled Sash Tool for painting trim
One CHEAP 4" brush for a 'Duster'
Paint roller handle w/ appropriate knap covers
5 gallon plastic bucket
Bucket roller screen
1 qt 'paint pot' (small bucket)
Paint stir sticks
2" putty knife
4" putty knife
Small bottle yellow food color (small drops into spackle so you can see it to sand it)
Pole Sander block
Paint Pole or push broom handle w/screw end
'Mesh' sandpaper for sanding spackle
180 grit gen purpose sandpaper (buy good sandpaper)
Blue painters tape
Extension ladder (Do not cheap out on ladders, trust me. Wagner makes good affordable ladders.)
Cotton drop cloths.
'Painters Friend' (paint can opener) Claw on one end, bottle opener on the other
Wire brush (for cleaning brushes)
3-in-one painters tool
Tri-Sodium-Phosphate (TSP) for cleaning walls
KILZ for stuborn stains
Remove all nails/screws
Lay drop cloths (move as needed)
Wash walls with TSP if needed
Spackle holes with pale yellow ( food coloring) spackle
Lightly sand walls, dust with broom (generally optional)
Lightly sand any gloss trim, dust trim and all baseboards with duster
Remove all switch and outlet plates
Cut edges/corners with 4" brush from paint pots,use ladders as needed
Roll walls to the cuts, using 5 gallon bucket and screen, and paint pole
Roll 2nd coat if needed
Blue mask walls around door/window trim
Paint trim with gloss/semi-gloss
Clean all tools in warm water using wire brush until water runs clear
Place brushes in their covers and store carefully
Find your 'painters friend'
Admire your work.
With oil paint, set roller aside by hanging on bucket edge, lay brush across paint pot
With water base (Latex) paint, keep roller in paint bucket, stand brush in paint pot
BE SURE to keep paint cans, buckets and pots where you will not kick them over or step in them
If you have POPCORN ACOUSTIC CEILING, AVOID DISTURBING IT. IT'S ASBESTOS.
When painting baseboards, use a piece of cardboard to protect edge of carpet.
Exteriors are similar, but harder. Sometimes woodwork is needed, 2-story is dangerous, and vegetation needs to be cleared from base of exterior walls.
The BEST paint there is, is the commercial product DUNN-EDWARDS, but IIRC it only comes in 5 gallon buckets.
Do not use 'Flat' wall apint in bathrooms. Semi or Satin on the walls, Semi or gloss in the trim.
NEVER use a 'paint tray' or a roller without some sort of pole on it, even if the pole is only a foot long.
Roll in the direction the roller points, otherwise the roller cover will slide off the handle.
If using oil paint, use PENETROL flow enhancer. I have painted interior doors using it that came out like a mirror.