Thursday, August 5, 2010

How To Paint a Wall

Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from lodgerfilms and more videos in the Painting category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at Never picked up a paintbrush? Don't worry. You can still paint a wall like a pro! To complete this How-To you will need: Sandpaper Damp rags Painter's tape Drop cloth Primer Paint roller Replacement roller pad Paint 2 or 3" brush Roller pan Fan (optional) Small painter's brush (optional) Step 1: Smooth bumps & wipe If painting a new wall with no previous paint, use sandpaper to smooth any bumps. If there are any holes, spackle and sand them. Then wipe with a damp rag. Step 2: Cover trim & floor Cover the trim with blue painter's tape and cover the floor with a drop cloth. Step 3: Apply primer Apply a thick coat of primer with a thickly padded roller. This will hide any surface imperfections and keep the paint from peeling. Allow the primer to fully dry. Tip: Choose paint colors a shade lighter than what you really want�colors often dry darker than you expect�and test them on a small, discreet spot. Step 4: Paint edges Tackle the edges first. Using a two- or three-inch brush, apply a band of paint along the edges of the ceiling, windows, doors, baseboards, and cabinets. This is called "cutting in." Tip: Small rooms take about one or ...
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