Paint it Right, Paint it Fast

Paint it Right, Paint it Fast
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    You may be looking at your next home paint project with dread, wondering where you will find the time to do the work and get it done as fast as possible.

    After all, you cannot see yourself devoting a long weekend to a project you would prefer not to outsource to a professional.

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Fortunately, you can tackle a room or two in a day and still have time to relax later on. You might also split your work into manageable portions, buying your supplies and handling prep work one day before tackling the actual painting on the next day.

Get Ready

Choose the supplies that you need including the pain, caulk, brushes, rollers, tape, putty and pails.

Opt for an extra-wide roller as this will make it possible to handle larger areas and get your work done faster. For instance, an 18-inch roller will help you paint twice as fast as a 9-inch roller. You’ll need to buy a larger paint pail to handle the work, but the extra cost will be time saver that you can justify.

Caulk Liberally

A crack here and a crack there are small considerations when handling any painting project. The challenge is keenly felt when there are multiple cracks present. Which cracks should you handle and which ones should you ignore?

The easiest solution here is to simply caulk liberally. That means you should caulk every crack regardless of size. That way, you aren’t stopping and restarting your project as you paint to handle cracks you missed earlier. You’ll save time and avoid much aggravation.

Mask Your Windows

Few people other than painting professionals can handle painting around windows without making a mess of things. You are going to need to mask your windows and you need to do this right.

You can get this job done fast by taping all sides of the glass, showing no concern to the length of the tape. Once done, use a utility knife to cut off the excess tape.

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For taping along the bottom of a wall to protect ground moulding, you can attach the tape roll to one end of the moulding and pull it out in six-inch increments. You’ll get your tape in place faster than if you cut off sections and apply it gradually.

Choose an Anti-Slip Drop Cloth

Most drop clothes are difficult to manage, requiring regular movement to cover all surfaces and are simply a pain to work with. Fortunately, you can buy an anti-slip drop cloth, one that keeps the cloth in place on a variety of surfaces.

For instance, a CoverGrip drop cloth adheres to a surface without sticking to it. Tiny rubber dots affix to a surface and stay in place until the project is done. You will remove a safety hazard, such as on stairs, while still getting the protection your valuable flooring requires.

Paint Corners Later

With your gear in place and your room ready to be painted, you could begin at the corners first before tackling the rest of the wall. That’s a big mistake. Instead, paint from the center of the walls out, saving the corners until later.

When you start painting in the corner, you tend to use more paint. Start away from the corners and then spread the paint back to the corner with the brush. No sloppy look and you will use less paint overall.

Paint Project Considerations

Always have enough paint and supplies on hand to tackle your project. If you run low, you will be forced to return to the paint store, making for a certain time waster. Invest in a mini roller to handle touch ups and small areas and use a multipurpose ladder to reach those areas that you cannot touch on your own.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".