Hi Friends! My Name is Andy! I'm a "painting solutions" professional with a company called Superior Interiors in Austin Texas.
I've started a blog to help homeowners who would like to DIY with an expert finish or just need some tips. By following the steps I've used for over 10 years professionally, you also can master a professional paint job!
Tip: Gather all supplies and materials to make things easier.
Quality tools and equipment will help you get the results you're looking for
Here's some things you may need to start rolling:
( using latex water based paint )
Rollers come in different naps (thickness of cover) most common being 3/8 which works well for most interior textures. Rolling paint is the most common way of applying paint and can easily be done by most DIYers. I use a combination of smaller 4-6 inch corner mini rollers to get into hard to reach areas and corners and large 9-18 inch rollers to cover the big stuff
Brushes come in many different sizes, shapes, and stiffness. I like an angled cut medium stiff 3-4 inch brush for cutting in lines and general painting and a very soft one for trim work and smooth finishes
Extension Polls thread into most roller handles and will extend your reach and make your work much easier. careful not to roll into the ceiling or other things you don't want paint on.
Drop cloths and plastic are a must and will help keep paint off the floors and furniture. I like the non-slip kind of cloths with rubber on one side and thin painters plastic is easy to manipulate and tape where you want it
Tape off trim and door frames (and ceilings if you don't have to cut in) I caulk my lines in thin to produce super sharp lines once pulled right after 2nd coat. There are many kinds of tape so your selection is important according to what you're applying it to. I use Delicate tape for most things in peoples homes because its less likely to pull what its sticking to and is easy to remove. Cheaper masking tape is often used to stick plastic together and wrap treys or rollers up in plastic for later use.
Caulking is used to fill gaps and small holes. I use a cheaper brand for sealing my tape lines and a stronger more expensive brand for gaps in trim and larger crack to hold them together. Larger holes or repairs will require spackling or a drywall compound to fill
A Damp Rag is probably my most used and underrated inexpensive tool. They will help you clean up small spills or drips and help keep your hands clean along with helping to smooth your caulked tape lines.
Good luck with your project! Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need some help.