- How to do-it yourself instructional on basic
interior painting tools and techniques.
Today on Repairs101 Ė today on Repairs101
Iíve just finished painting this room and Iíll take you back in time and
show you some of the tools and some of the tricks to get a professional job
done quick and easy. Now donít worry Iím not going to bore you with a
lot of footage of me painting but Iíll just show you some of the things
that you can do to do it yourself at home and save yourself some money.
- Most of the tools youíre going to need to
do pretty much any home paint job right here, youíve got frames and roller
sponges, paint trays, brushes, some acetone, spackle and some putty knives,
a variety of scrapers. Here weíve got a couple of handle extensions to
show you. Got this great little hammer, a cold chisel, a caulking gun and a
couple of tubes of caulk to do around the windows and stuff, grab some drop
sheets, make sure youíve got some newspaper handy. The old bucket that I
keep it all in and over there in the corner Ė just a great tool all around
Ė the two step stepladder. That one Iíve had for about twenty years and
except for the stains and a bit of spackle on the sides of it itís just as
good as the day I bought it.
- So Iíve got a screwdriver Ė not for
opening the paint cans of course but just for taking the fixture covers off
the walls. Iíve got a paint can opener Ė OK now I just wanted to show
you the difference between a good paint can opener and a great one. Now a
good paint can opener is specially designed, it has this little hook on the
end of it thatís specially designed to get in under the lip. A great paint
can opener is designed to open beer bottles as well. And if youíre going
to want your friends to help, Iíll tell you: youíre going to need beer.
what I wanted to show you about the brushes Ė quite seriously two bucks
for this one, this one was only ninety-nine cents Ė is the size of the
bristle mass. This one with the longer handle and the longer bristles Ė
cut on an angle Ė thatís going to be my brush of choice, alright. Now if
youíre a great painter, which Iím not, youíll be able to keep it clean
from that point up and never get any paint into the binding part, here,
because thatís very, very difficult if not impossible to clean out. Pro
painters, youíll see on their brushes that theyíre clean, theyíre only
stained from this point down and itís quite a remarkable skill if you ask
me, I donít know how they do it. Now the reason I suggest that you get
something with a larger bristle mass like this one on the left is going to
pick up a lot more paint. Now a professional painter curses every time he
has to bend over to get some more paint. And he or she is going to picking
up as much paint as possible with as big as brush as possible. And I have
seen people working with four inch brushes and I find it just amazing that
they can control the paint so easily but again: practice makes perfect.
- So for rollers and frames, you know, I have
got quite a few. This little fellow is just terrific for reaching in behind
the toilet or something like that if you are doing a bathroom. And as far as
the roller sponges go, I just buy these nice cushy ones for the fact that
they pick up the most paint and go the furthest because I donít spray on.
Again professionals, two guys one will spray and the other will roll right
behind him and do an amazing job in the matter of minutes. Itís all in the
prep work really Ė itís all about getting the furniture out, getting the
paper down, and getting tape on what needs to be taped. This old fashioned
system is cheap and effective. I have chosen CIL acrylic latex paint. Your
paint really should be shaken up at the paint store for you. I got this
paint at Wal-Mart for only nineteen dollars for a gallon, which I find an
exceptionally good price. Start stirring and donít stop stirring until it
is all blended. All right, itís starting to look really good. Find the
centre point where you going to be pouring Ė thereís the handle so just
go perpendicular and find the centre. Use a small cold chisel like this one
and just cut through a drainage hole.
- Thereís the paint dripping into the paint
can and where it came from Ė through that drainage hole I cut with that
cold chisel. Keep it quick and effective, its roll, cut, roll. Ok thatís
all you need to know, roll, cut, roll. That is usually all you need if you
are just doing one colour over itself or white over white, just go for roll
cut roll and youíre done.
- Ok so as far as cutting goes. And you just
want to go cut everywhere where you couldnít get the roller and then, of
course, the next pass with the roller - everything is forgiven. All of your
brush marks will disappear underneath the fresh roller marks.
- Now I have worked with some professional
guys and seen them cut and I got to tell you, it just blows me away, the
speed at which some guys learn to get going. They pick up as much paint as
possible. They are much braver than I am. They use four inch brushes. This
is only a 2 inch brush. They get in there and move fast. I have worked with
guys who would just paint circles around me, quite literally.
- Ok with just some hot water in the sink,
this cleaned up really well, eh?
- Alright, that was a long hard day and I got
two coats down. Anyway the professionals Iíve worked with have all said
that if you are not going to bother doing two coats, well just donít
bother doing even one. So two coats and Iím out.
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