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Your Guide to Starting Your Paint Job

Before you start, learn these techniques for a perfect paint job.

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-Hi, I'm Wendy. A new kind of pain opens up endless possibilities to personalize your home, but there's to painting than just dipping your brush in the can. Let's get started. After, you've opened a can of pain, punch a series of holes around the bottom of the paint cans rim with a nail. He holes will let pain drain down into the can and keep it from pooling around the rim when pour it into a roller tray or other container. If you're using just 1 gallon of paint, use a stir stick to make sure all the pain is mixed well. If you're using more than 1 gallon of the same pain, mix all the gallons together in a 5 gallon bucket and then stick. This is called boxing. Using this technique will make sure the color is uniform throughout the process. Now that the paint is ready, it's time to get it on the walls. If you're using a brush, dip about a third of the bristles into the paint. Lift the bristles out of the paint and gently tap them against the rim of the can. This get your brush loaded with paint just short of dripping on the way to your wall. Start at the top of the wall and work your way down. The first step is a technique called cutting in. Use your brush to outline walls, ceiling and trim. Be sure to leave a loosely brushed edge that allows the trimmed area to blend in when you paint the wall. After cutting in, apply the paint in long sections, brush upward to unload the brush then down to set paint, then up again to remove the brush marks. If you are using a roller, load up by dipping it into a tray full of paint. Roll it up to trays ramp until the roller is saturated with paint. Work in small sections about 4 square foot areas, rolling paint onto the wall and then overlapping W motion. To get the durability and coverage, apply 2 coats of paint. Some colors may need more than coats. If you're trying to cover a dark wall with a lighter paint, you will need to apply a primer first. Paint from the Glidden Brilliance Collection and is a paint and primer in one cutting down on the number of coats. Depending on how big your space is, it can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to put on the first coat. Then, you need to let the paint dry for another 2 hours before putting on the second coat. So, you're looking at anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to paint a bedroom or medium sized living room. The time and effort will be worth it when you can sit back and take in your room. For more painting tips, visit bhg.com.