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6. OTHER TIPS +
THINGS TO AVOID

WHEN DO I USE A PRIMER? 

Primer is not necessary for all paint jobs. It’s only needed in these cases:
— Bare drywall
— Stained or repaired areas
— Bare wood
— High-gloss finishes
— Drastic color change

 

ROOKIE MISTAKES

OVERBRUSHING

For the smoothest possible finish when you’re painting woodwork, doors, or cabinets, avoid too much brushwork. Load the brush and quickly cover an area with paint. Then use a stroke or two to level it off. Brushing over the same area, especially after the paint has started to dry, will cause unsightly brush marks and ridges.

LETTING THE ROLLER TOUCH THE FLOOR

If you’re painting new walls before the baseboard is installed, leave an unpainted strip along the bottom where it will be covered by the baseboard. If you try to paint too close to the floor, your roller cover could touch it and pick up dirt, lint, and hair [this could result in hair painted to your wall and you’ll never get over it].

PAINTING IN LOW LIGHT

Avoid painting interior surfaces in dim light. The painted surface may look fine at first, but when you uncover the windows to let in natural light or turn on bright lights, you’ll likely see thin patches and other imperfections. Always make sure to have lots of bright light when painting.

NOT USING BACKDROP SUPPLIES

Our supplies are the highest quality and are made specially for use with Backdrop paint.

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