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Painting is one of the most common DIY home improvement projects. It requires few tools, is relatively forgiving of amateur efforts and involves the most immediate "wow" factor. Whether you are undertaking an exterior house painting project or painting a room inside your home, there are certain tips to consider before beginning your project that will make your life easier.


You may not be able to use a room for several hours after you paint it. Painting itself doesn't take very long if you have the proper tools, which include a wide roller with 3/8" to 1/2" nap thickness, a long handle to reach high up and a nice brush for corner, edge and detail work. 

It takes about an hour to put a single coat of paint on the walls of the average-sized bedroom. It takes another two to three hours for a coat of paint to dry in order to re-coat. Most rooms require two coats of paint, so it may take up to six hours to finish the average job. For deep, rich or vibrant colors such as reds, blues, oranges or purples, three or more coats may be necessary. Getting thicker, more expensive paint can reduce the amount of time you have to spend on multiple coats.


In addition to the brush, roller and paint, there are several other supplies that you need to buy if you want to be successful. Supplies include drop cloths, blue painter's tape, plastic masking supplies, edging materials, if necessary, extra roller covers, roller trays, disposable roller liners, sandpaper, caulk, caulking tools and cleaning supplies. Other supplies may include solvents or patching supplies if necessary.

Drop cloths and painter's tape will be used to protect furniture, trim, flooring and other parts of your home that you don't want painted. You will be working quickly, paint will be flying, and you want to be as safe as possible. Roller trays and liners will help you get the paint evenly on your roller while sandpaper application between coats will help paint stick and coat just a little better.

Exterior painting

It is more common for professionals to do exterior painting jobs than interior ones because of the greater chance for error. Improper technique or paint choice can fail to hold up to weathering. Consult with your local hardware store paint professional for the best exterior paint for your area.

Many experts advise you to paint only if the weather is going to be over 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night for the next several nights. This is why most house painting jobs are done in late spring, summer or early autumn. 

Additionally, the weather forecast should show clear skies with little to no chance of precipitation during, and for at least a few days following, the completion of your painting project. This will give the paint a chance to cure. Different types may cure differently.

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