How to Paint Tip#1: Primer Quality Differs More Than Paint Quality
According to the pros, 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.
How to Paint Tip#2: Wall Prep is Key
Gary Walchuk是一个专业的画家，我自1990年以来以来，他花了很多时间修复墙面瑕疵。“I’m fussy about prep work, and the older homes really take a lot of time fixing up previous rushed paint jobs from the past.”
How to Paint Tip#3: Mental Focus Matters
More than a few pro painters I know talk about some version of what I call 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.
你应该掩盖该边缘还是用刷子切入？That’s always the question, but the answer is changing. Advances in masking tape are the reason why. Until 15 years ago, the tape industry was in a race for the bottom as far as price and quality of masking tape goes. As soon as one company had the nerve to create a tape that was expensive enough to work well, others followed suit. Now hardware store shelves have two types of paint-related tape. So-called “masking tapes” are cheap but don’t actually keep paint from creeping underneath. Tapes that work well for masking are typically called “painter’s tapes”, they cost more, but they work great. At least if they’re applied properly, that is. The trick is to seal critical edges by pressing with a putty knife or credit card. You can apply as much pressure as you like with your finger, but it won’t create a reliable seal.
The possibilities for improved DIY interior painting are better than ever these days.Painting is one place where craftsmanship, discipline and attention to detail make all the difference. And as a careful homeowner, you can certainly bring these things to your own painting jobs while saving money and connecting more closely with your home.