What you'll need:
Here's everything you'll need to get it right the first time.
- Paint trays and liners
- Cans and jars
- Latex brushes for water, natural for oil (alkyd)
- 2-3" brushes for cutting in
- 4-5" brushes for walls
- 1" brushes for frames
- Rollers and roller covers (various sizes)
- Edge pads
- Extension poles
- Drop cloths
- Painter's tape (narrow and wide)
- Painting hats
- Stiring sticks
- Power sprayer (optional)
Simple techniques for a great paint job on your ceilings and walls.
"Cutting in" is a simple painting technique for achieving clean lines at the corners and edges. Work in 3' sections so that you keep a wet edge when you fill in. Use an angled 2" trim brush to make a series of short strokes away from the edges where the walls or ceiling and wall meet.
Consider using a painting pad for "cutting in" around door and window frames. It's fast and delivers a reliably uniform edge. Keep the wheels very clean to prevent marking the wall. Important: work in 3' sections to keep a wet edge.
After each section is cut in, fill in. Use a roller on an extension pole to paint in one direction. Move quickly so as not to lose your wet edge.
Using a Roller on Walls
Load your roller (see above). Make certain your roller isn't overloaded.
Roll a 3' wide "W" on the wall.
Then without lifting your roller off the wall, fill in the W.
Work horizontally across the room moving from side to side.