RSI Builders is a full-service painting company. The advantage a person has in hiring a company such as ours is that we do not just paint, we have all the applicable licenses to repair the surface first. If proper preparation is not completed, you might as well not complete the job. We paint interior, exterior, WroughtIron, pool decking, and just about anything else that needs a new coat of paint! We use the highest quality paints from Sherwin-Williams carrying up to a 15 year warranty.
In case you prefer to do it alone, we want you have access to reliable tips…
Foolproof tricks that will make your next project a breeze.
What Type of Paint Is Best?
There are two types: oil-based paint (known for its sheen) and water-based paint. Nowadays there’s no need to use oil-based when painting a room. Modern water-based options, which dry faster and have less odor, offer plenty of gloss and wipe-ability. As for paint finishes, you can’t fail with a matte or eggshell finish on walls and a satin finish on trim. When purchasing paint, be sure to stick with brand names. Bargain paints can yield disappointing results.
How Much Paint Do I Need?
The general rule is one gallon for every 350 square feet of surface area. All you have to do is measure walls roughly, then go to Sherwin-Williams.com and type the dimensions into the easy online paint calculator. This tool will also ask for measurements of windows, doors, and trim so it can come up with a more precise total. Whatever the number, buy an extra quart for touch-ups. A new batch mixed later might not match.
Should I Use Primer?
No need for primer unless (1) you’re painting a light color over a dark one, (2) the walls are badly stained, or (3) the walls are marked up with spackle from patching. In these situations, a primer will help create a consistent, neutral surface that your paint will adhere to evenly.
What’s the Order of Operations?
1. Clean baseboards and dusty ceiling corners.
2. Apply painter’s tape.
3. Put down drop cloths.
4. “Cut” corners.
5. Paint the room top to bottom: ceiling, then walls, then trim.
What About the Ceiling?
We recommend Sherwin-Williams ceiling paint, which is “low splatter” (because it’s thicker than standard paint) and ultra-flat, so it hides mistakes well (shiny paint shows flaws). The entire range of Sherwin-Williams colors is available. Follow essentially the same technique used for walls: Roll away from where you’re standing, then zigzag back toward yourself, working in small, overlapping sections. But don’t try to paint directly above your head—it’s too difficult to see what you’re doing.
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