Of the many home remodeling tasks you can embark upon painting gives you the most bang for your buck.  You can liven up a room with vibrant bright colors or tone it down just a bit for only a few dollars.  Light takes on a different role when a new coat of paint is splashed on the walls.   Listed below are eight things you can do to make your painting go smoothly.

Tip #1 -  Spend at least double the time preparing the surface you’re going to be painting as you do painting.  The prep work takes longer than the actual painting.

Tip #2 – Don’t compromise on the quality of paint, brushes and rollers.  Cheap paint discolors in a few years and cheap brushes and rollers mar the surface that you are painting.

Tip #3 – Protect the floor, trim, woodwork and cover the furnishings.  Any surface that is not being painted should be covered.

Tip # 4 – Clean the surface that you are painting with a phosphate-free wall cleaner.  Next, rinse the wall with clear water and repair any imperfections you notice.

Tip # 5 – Caulk any cracks or holes in the wall.  Make sure that the beads of caulk are smooth before applying paint.

Tip # 6 – Be sure to prime the surface of the walls before you paint with a primer sealer.  Primer keeps any underlying stains from bleeding through after the paint is applied

Tip # 7 – Sand the wall between each coat of paint.  Simply wipe the wall with grit sandpaper and brush off the dust with a towel.  A sanded wall provides a velvety finish to the wall.

Tip # 8 – If you’re going to be doing any type of decorative strokes on the wall practice on a piece of base coated poster board first until you achieve the look you want.

If you adhere to these simple techniques while painting your home improvement experience will always turn out the right way.

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