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Tips and Techniques for Painting Walls, Windows and Doors (page 1 of 2)

Learn the best way and the most-efficient, step-by-step order for painting a room.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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All surfaces must be prepared thoroughly before painting — any damage should be filled, sanded, and primed, and surfaces cleaned. Choose the right paint type for each surface. The order shown here is for undercoats or topcoats. Finish the ceiling and walls before tackling the trim.

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Painting the Ceiling

Attach an extension pole to the handle of the roller. Pour paint into the paint tray and load the roller, taking care not to overload it. Roll the paint onto the ceiling in sections, laying off each area before you reload the roller. When painting a ceiling, it is important to wear goggles to protect your eyes from drips and spatters of paint.

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Painting the Walls

Once the central area of the ceiling is coated, paint around the edge with a brush. Overlap slightly onto the wall surface (Image 1).

Roll paint on in vertical sections. Use an extension pole to save bending when painting lower sections of the wall, and reaching for the higher areas (Image 2)

Cut in at the junctions between the walls and the ceiling. A roller is not accurate enough, so use a 4-inch brush, or a small paint pad if your walls are straight (Image 3).

Slightly overlap the wall color onto the baseboard, or, if your baseboard has a natural finish, protect it with blue painter's tape (Image 4)

Painting a Window

Remove any window hardware before painting to make the job easier and to provide a neater finish (Image 1).

Use a 1-inch brush, starting with the stiles and the rails of the opening sections (Image 2).

Open the window so that you can paint both the opening and the hinged edge, but avoid painting over the hinges themselves (Image 3). Wedge the window open until the paint is completely dry.

Paint the rails of any non-opening casements (Image 4).

Create a clean dividing line between the window frame and the wall surface (Image 5).

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Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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