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5 Ps of Painting a Room: Part Two

5 Ps of Painting a Room: Part Two

Last week we started the 5 Ps of painting and covered prep and patch. Today, we cover the remaining 3 Ps, which are prime, paint and paint a second coat.


If you are using a paint and primer in one you can usually skip this step. If not, a primer works like a concealer or a base coat to get even color. If you don’t prime over a patch, the spackle will absorb paint differently causing spot discoloration. If you are painting over deep colors or designs, or if you have painted different test colors on the walls, it can show through also.


Paint about a 4-inch outline at the edges of the ceiling trim or built-in features. It’s called “cutting in.” This buffer zone helps you to roll the paint on without bumping adjoining surfaces. One trick to cutting in is don’t overload the paint brush. Dip your paintbrush about three quarters of the way into the paint then lightly scrape away the excess. Once you have an edge, get ready to roll. Fill the tray just up to the ramp. Dip the roller into the paint and roll it back and forth on the pan until an even coat covers the roller surface. Roll the paint onto the wall in a zig zag pattern. To blend in all the edges work in sections of about 3 to 4 feet, overlapping the edges so they blend in. Finish with a top to bottom left to right stoke. When you take a break cover your paint tray with plastic and store brushes and rollers in a baggy so they won’t dry out.

Paint a second coat

Once your first coat of paint is dry, a second coat is a must for a true color and professional looking paint job.

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