Buying Quality Paint
In general, glossier paints are more stain-resistant and scrubbable. But a higher sheen also highlights any imperfections in the wall or in the paint job. Flat paints are fine for ceiling and formal rooms, but for most of our customers, we recommend an eggshell gloss.
Picking a Powerful Primer
Primers aren’t just diluted paint. they’re formulated to establish a soled, even base, seal stains and ensure that the topcoats of paint of paint go on smoothly and bond securely to the surfaces. Most homeowners use latex primers, but the pros stick to alcohol and alkyd primers because they’ll cover almost anything.
Buying the Best Paintbrush for the Project
A good paintbrush is key to a professional-looking finish and it can range from $10 to $20. When choosing a brush, pay attention to the bristles. Synthetic brushes are made of nylon or polyester, or a combination of the two. Poly bristles are stiffer, which makes them good for exterior or textured work, but for fine interior work, use softer nylon brushes.
Caulking All Cracks
Filling gaps with a paintable acrylic-latex caulk cuts down on drafts and makes you trim look better than new, the secret to using caulk is to cut the tip smaller than you think it should be; too much caulk makes an unwanted mess. Also use a small wire to break the seal instead of a nail, so you don’t over stretch out the nozzle.
The Sanding Two-Step
Sanding not only feathers out chipped paint and imperfections between coats, but also provides “tooth” for the next coat of paint. For glossy trim, use a sanding sponge rather than sandpaper. Sponges mold to the shape of the trim and last longer than paper.
Planning on painting your kitchen cabinets?
Ask us about our INSL-X Stix® Waterborne Bonding Primer, and you might be able to skip sanding your varnish! This primer-sealer adheres to the most challenging surfaces, including glossy tile, PVC, vinyl, glass, glossy paint, galvanized metals, and more!