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PAINTING WITH A PAINTBRUSH
Let the painting begin! Now that your room is prepared,
you are ready to start painting. The best way to paint is
from top to bottom, mainly because if paint should drip
down the wall, you can easily smooth the surface and
retouch. Start at the top near the ceiling with a two
paintbrush. This is where you do the “cutting in”
described earlier. Use this brush to paint the corners and
edges, including near the baseboard, doors, and window
trim. You can then fill in the rest of the surface with a
How to paint with a paintbrush:
1. Dip the paintbrush into the paint.
2. Pull the paintbrush along the side of the container to
remove any excess paint and avoid drips.
3. Use long, even strokes to spread the paint on the
painting surface. Make sure that you do not have any drips
4. Keep using the brush until the strokes become dry.
5. Redid the brush into the paint and continue.
TIP: Take a large nail with a very sharp point and make
five or six tiny holes all along the rim of the paint can.
This allows the paint to drain back into the can when you
brush off excess, instead of it spilling over the sides.
PAINTING WITH A ROLLER
For a large surface, rolling is the best way to achieve
fast and efficient results with ample coverage. When
purchasing a roller sleeve (or cover), don’t skimp. Spend
the money and get a higher quality sleeve. It will pay off
in the long run. Use rolling to fill in the central part
of the surface after you has done the cutting in on the
corners and edges with a paint brush.
How to paint with a roller:
TIP: There are a couple of different ways to apply paint
to your roller. The first is by using a paint tray as
explained above. Another is to hang a paint grate or
bucket screen over a five-gallon bucket of paint. You can
dip the roller into the paint, run it along the grate, and
get a nice, even distribution of paint over the roller, if
you do this, add to your Tuft Tools list a large bucket
and bucket screen.
1. Remove any excess lint from the roller sleeve
2. If you are using water-based latex paint, run the
sleeve under water. This opens up the fibers and allows
paint to penetrate. Use mineral spirits if you are using
oil- based paints.
3. Squeeze any excess liquid from the roller
4. Fill the paint tray—not too deep—with paint.
5. To properly put paint on the roller, dip it into the
paint then use the textured ramp of the paint tray to roll
the roller back and forth and evenly distribute the paint.
Your roller should be covered with just enough paint, but
not so much that it is dripping or running.
6. On the surface, make an upward roll. Continue rolling
both up and down in about 4-foot sections, at a slight
diagonal. Be careful not to go so fast that you splatter
7. Use the roller until the strokes become dry.
8. Then redip the roller in the paint and continue.
TIP: Use a large plastic bag to cover an entire paint
tray. Pour the paint into the tray, over the plastic bag.
That way, when you are complete you just turn the bag
Inside out and throw the mess away.