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Painting Prep: The Key to Success (page 2 of 2)

Preparation and planning are key to a good paint finish. Check out the most efficient ways to paint to get the job done in no time.

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Painting Windows and Doors

Wedge open windows and exterior doors while painting and while the paint dries. Start early in the day to provide sufficient drying time. For both doors and windows, remove any hardware before painting for the best finish.

Painting a Window Frame
The interior and exterior surfaces of windows are painted in the same order. The hinged edge of an opening casement is considered an interior surface, and the opening edge an exterior surface. Wipe sills with mineral spirit before painting to remove dust.

Order for Painting a Window
1. Rails of opening casements
2. Outer rails of casements
3. Hinged edge (if painting the interior) or opening edge (if painting the exterior)
4. Rails of non-opening casements
5. Frame

Painting Window Order

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Painting a Door

Panel doors are divided into sections by their construction. Mentally divide flush doors into sections and complete one section at a time. Begin in the top left corner, then work across, then down. Finish by painting the side edge that is exposed when the door is open. If the door opens outward, the edge where the hinges are attached is seen. If the door opens inward, you see the opening edge.

Order for Painting a Panel Door
1. Moldings surrounding each panel
2. Panels
3. Central vertical stiles
4. Horizontal members
5. Outer vertical stiles
6. Door edge

Painting Door Order

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Storing Tools

If you need to take a break midway through a job, store your tools in plastic wrap. For long-term storage, thorough cleaning is essential. Latex paints can be cleaned off of tools using water and mild detergent. Clean off solvent-based paints using mineral spirit or thinner, then rinse tools in water and mild detergent.

Temporary Storage (image 1)
During a break, you can wrap tools, such as a roller, in plastic wrap for up to two days before resuming.

Storing Tools (image 2)
When tools are clean and dry, wrap them tightly in paper so they stay dust-free in storage.

Reviving Old Brushes (image 3)
If bristles of an old brush are stuck together with paint residue, use a brush comb to separate them.

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Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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