(StatePoint) Painting your home yourself? Don't be intimidated.
"Whether you're a rookie or an experienced do-it-yourselfer, anyone can produce professional-looking results efficiently with the right techniques and tricks," says home improvement expert Lou Manfredini, a regular contributor to NBC's Today Show.
Manfredini, who is passionate about home improvement, is offering seven tips to help make your home painting projects easier:
o Even a steady hand is liable to make mistakes and drip. Protect your furniture and flooring with drop cloths.
o Good masking is necessary for sharp, clean paint lines. Be sure to use tape designed to remove cleanly from the particular surface with which you're working. For example, ScotchBlue Painter's Tapes are specifically designed with appropriate adhesion levels to come off cleanly, creating super sharp paint lines without leaving behind residue or harming the surface.
o For a smoother finish, clean and dust the surfaces you're painting and sand them down before getting started.
o Don't forget to wear a respirator to protect your lungs from fumes and sanding particles as well as safety eyewear, especially if you are painting overhead.
"Most of the work involved comes before you even pick up your paintbrush or roller," says Manfredini. "New products that can help you cut steps and get the same results will save you time and energy for the actual painting."
o For wall repairs, skip traditional patching products as they're susceptible to water absorption and liable to shrink, crack and flash, or show through the finished painted wall.
3M makes a spackling and primer in one that eliminates the need for priming called 3M Patch Plus Primer.
o Paint separates over time, so always mix your paint when you open a can, and do so periodically as you go for better color and texture consistency. Always use higher quality paints for professional results. You get what you pay for.
o Load rollers and brushes with the proper amount of paint. Too little paint will make you inefficient and too much paint will have you dripping. You'll get a feel for the right amount of paint for your tools through a bit of trial and error.
More practical tips and creative inspiration can be found at www.3MDIY.com .
Without cutting corners, you can learn to paint your home yourself quickly and precisely.