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Tips and Techniques for Painting Walls, Windows and Doors (page 2 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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Step-by-Step Instructions For:

Painting the Baseboard

Begin to paint the baseboard, one manageable section at a time. Start by coating the middle of the board (Image 1), then cut into the floor. Cover the floor if needed.

Cut in neatly at the baseboard and wall junction. Lay off the paint carefully for an even finish (Image 2), then move on to the next section of baseboard.

Painting a Door

Remove the door hardware before you start painting. Begin by coating the panels and continue to paint the door (Image 1). If you stray onto the stiles or rails, brush out the paint to avoid lines.

Follow the grain of the wood as you paint the stiles and rails. Where they cross, create a line along the joint of the two pieces of wood (Image 2).

Finish by painting the casing, cutting in precisely along the edge created with the wall surface. Paint the door jamb (Image 3). For inward-opening doors, paint the lining up to but not including the doorstop. For outward-opening doors, continue on to paint the doorstop. Wedge the door open while you paint the opening edge.

Painting Around Obstacles

After you have rolled paint on the ceiling, and then on the walls, it is time to handle the details and paint around any obstacles. Learning the technique to cut in a straight line saves you time spent lining the obstacles with painter's tape.

If you decide to use tape to line your obstacles, make sure to press it firmly down to keep any paint from bleeding underneath.

When it comes to large obstacles like a radiator or even small obstacles like a light switch, there are a few tricks you can try.

Painting Behind a Radiator
Use a radiator roller to coat the wall behind the radiator. The long handle will reach down easily. An alternative is to remove the radiator while you decorate.

Painting Around a Light Switch
It's usually easiest to remove any wall plates before you start painting to avoid spending time time carefully painting around them. But if you live in a house where the previous owners have painted the wall plates to the wall, you may choose to paint around them. Use the cutting-in method described left. Tackle the switches last, after you have perfected your technique. Unlike outlets, the light switches are at eye level in the room, so any mistakes cutting-in are visible.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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