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Note: This DIY article is provided as a general guide only and is not intended to take the place of product-specific installation procedures; always follow applicable manufacturers’ instructions. Depending on your home’s age and condition, location within the home, and other potential factors, repairs and/or upgrades or other services may be necessary prior to the beginning and/or completion of your project that may involve the services of a home improvement professional. This article does not include advice pertaining to local building codes and/or any related inspections.

If you’re planning to paint your walls and you’re not a seasoned professional, it’s important to have as much information as possible. Sometimes the smallest of insights can lead to great results. While many may have personal preferences and methods when it comes to painting there home, there are also shared tips and tricks that everyone should be familiar with.

THE SUPPLIES YOU USE MATTER
Have you ever heard the saying: “you get what you pay for?” This term applies wholeheartedly when it comes to paint and paint supplies. Cheap and low-quality supplies can create bad looking results. A very cheap plastic brush can make the paint appear inconsistent and sloppy on the wall. The type of supplies you’ll need also depends on the room you’re painting. If it’s a kitchen or a bathroom, you’ll need to start with a sealant to keep water and moisture from getting into gaps and cracks around walls and baseboards. Before you paint, you need to seal and protect those areas.  GE Max* Shield Ultra Seal Kitchen & Bath sealant is a premium siliconized acrylic latex sealant that is ideal for painting projects susceptible to humidity and moisture. Formulated with Tri-Shield protection, this sealant is 100% waterproof, and offers exceptional flexibility, excellent adhesion to a wide variety of common kitchen and bath surfaces, and lifetime mold-free product protection1.

 
COVER ALL THE FURNITURE AND USE CANVAS DROP CLOTHS
 Is your furniture too heavy to move out of the room you’re about to paint? Maybe you don’t have anywhere to move it to at all. If so, be sure to cover the furniture from top to bottom with plastic sheeting and tape the bottoms to fully enclose each item. Stay away from old bed sheets or other fabrics to cover furniture—fabric can absorb paint splatter which can make its way through and onto the furniture. When it comes to your floors, the same principle applies, but you don’t want to use plastic sheeting, which can be a bit slippery when stepped on. Instead, use canvas drop cloths for your floors. A canvas drop cloth that’s just a few feet wide and runs the length of the wall can be all you need for proper coverage.

SAND DOWN THE WALLS AND USE TINTED PRIMER
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In order to have well-painted walls, you should start out with a smooth surface. Sanding down the walls helps to level out uneven spackle, flatten nail holes, and create a universally flat surface. Use fine-grit sandpaper on a sanding pole and begin sanding from the baseboard to the ceiling as you start off. Next, sand horizontally along the ceiling and the baseboard. Just be sure to sand gently—too much pressure can cause damage to the surface. If you’re also dealing with cracks, holes and gaps between areas such as the walls and the baseboards, using a sealant or caulk can easily fix it. Painter’s Pro caulk is an advanced grade siliconized acrylic latex caulk that is ideal for decorative paint projects and filling gaps and cracks. Used for both indoor and outdoor paint projects, this caulk offers strong adhesion and flexibility. After sanding, caulking, and allowing time for the caulk to cure, it’s time to apply a coat of primer before applying your paint. Just make sure it’s a tinted primer, because it does a better job of covering the existing paint color and allows for a more vibrant finish with fewer coats.
 
If you have DIY home projects to mark off your list, we’ve got the information you need to finish strong. Check out these posts on how to install a drop sink and sealing to prevent pests.

1Cured sealant is resistant to stain-causing mold and mildew. Regular cleaning of the cured sealant is required however, as soap or other residue can cause secondary mold & mildew growth.

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