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Rolling Paint

- Once Everything is covered and all repairs are finished you are ready to begin the interior painting.

- Be sure to mix/stir the paint first, you can use a paint mixer adapter that fits on a drill for best results.

- Pour the primer/paint into a 2 or 5 gallon bucket, pour no higher than 1/3 full.

- Use quality rollers, poor quality rollers w/shed fibers into your paint, hold very little paint, make your

  painting project much more difficult.

- For most paint jobs, use a 3/8” nap roller cover for rolling paint.

- Rollers w/longer naps are made for textured walls (1” nap is for masonry and brick, for instance).

- Shorter nap rollers puts a very thin coat of paint on the wall, increasing the time and frustration

  of painting.

- Always cover the fibers of a new roller in painter’s tape, allow to set for a moment, then remove this

  will eliminate any loose fibers from the roller cover that may come out into your newly painted wall.

- Attach an extension pole onto the roller frame.

- Ceilings are the first area to get painted, then move to the walls.

- Start w/the largest areas first.

- Work from the top down.

- Dip roller cover completely into paint covering the entire nap area, dip the roller cover in paint for

  several seconds allowing the fibers to “soak up” the paint.

- Place a roller screen in a 5 gallon bucket to remove any excessive paint/primer from the roller.

- Starting at the top corner of the wall, place the dipped roller approximately 3-4" away from the

  cut-in area.

- Working in a 3' x 3' area, roll a small "W" onto the wall. This is approximately how much space a single

  roller full of paint can cover.

- Pressing just hard enough for complete coverage, make a large “W” within that space with your roller.

  This distributes the paint over the area you want to paint.

- Continue rolling from the top edge of the wall to the bottom. Roll into the cut in area.

- Back-Roll through the completed area prior to reloading the roller, creating a smooth uniform finish.

- Reload as necessary.

- You always want to work with a “wet edge” so that each section blends seamlessly together.

- Continue applying, starting with the "W" technique 3-4" away from the last section applied.

- Work from the top down, being careful to back roll the width of the roller being used into the last

  section applied.

- When rolling paint on walls, always “finish off” each section of wall while it is still wet. Finish off each

  section with a ceiling to floor stroke.

- Use very little pressure, You are not attempting to apply paint, you’re merely trying to level out

  any ridges left by the edges of the roller.


Spraying Paint

- Once Everything is covered and all repairs are finished you are ready to begin the interior painting.

- Be sure to mix/stir the paint first, you can use a paint mixer adapter that fits on a drill for best results.

- Thin your paint with an approved solution, some latex paints blend w/water, but alkyd and oil-based

  paints need specially-formulated thinners.

- Fill the paint sprayer as recommended.

- Put on your respirator, tiny droplets of paint become airborne during spraying, without a respirator, you

  may inhale paint particles.

- Adjust the stream to a fine mist, gently sweeping the sprayer back and forth to apply a thin coating.

- Keep your hand moving back and forth so the paint doesn't drip.

- Keep the spray nozzle at an even space from the surface.

- Cover the interior wall evenly. You may need 3 to 4 light coats to cover the wall sufficiently.

- Reapply as soon as the previous coat is dry.

- Don't apply too much paint at one time. The paint is still a liquid and it will run if too much is applied.

- Thin coats are required to achieve a professional looking finish.

- You will still have to "cut in" (w/a brush) around windows, floor, ceiling...etc..

- Time Spraying, an average room will only take about 5-10 minutes


Tips: Pros/Cons (Rolling versus Spraying)

- Rolling is most common interior painting technique.

- Rolling is more labor intensive.

- Rolling requires the least investment in tools and uses least paint.

- Overspray that comes from a sprayer is not even worth attempting to deal with inside of your home,

  unless it is completely empty.

- Sprayed paint gets into the duct work, filters etc... and into the air you are breathing.

- Spray the paint on then roll it, it gives a better more uniform finish than just spraying.

- Most of the time spent rolling is dipping the roller to get the paint on it.

- Spraying can save you loads of time, if there is nothing in the room, it's worth it!

- Paint spray gets every where everything must be covered.

- New construction, you don't have to be too concerned about protecting floors and fixtures.

- Spraying uses the most paint and causes over spray.

- Spraying requires more paint, you waste lots of paint by spraying.

- Spraying paint within a home requires special attention to the masking and covering.

- Airless paint sprayers are inherently dangerous, producing pressures as high as 3000 psi.

- Never point the spray gun at another person or yourself.




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