Photo Gallery: Painting Preparation

Preparation and planning are the key to a good paint finish. All painting tasks are different, but using an efficient order of work will save time. Also learn to clean and store painting tools.

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tape

Use low-tack tape when painting.

Covering Up and Masking

Protect the flooring by covering it up with a fabric drop cloth.

Order of Painting

If you are repainting a room, start from the top and work down.

Painting a Window Frame

For order of painting a window, see detailed printable how-to instructions at Painting Prep - The Key to Success.

Painting a Door

For order of painting a window, see detailed printable how-to instructions at Painting Prep - The Key to Success.

Temporary Tool Storage

Use plastic wrap to store brushes and rollers for up to two days.

Storing Tools

Use paper to wrap tools tightly to avoid dust.

Reviving Old Brushes

Bring new life to old paint brushes by removing paint residue using a brush comb.

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