Originally Posted by impolyt_one
Professional painters aren't Michelangelos, just tape and tarp carefully. Interior painting is 90% prep, and 10% actual painting.
Absolutely. I can barely draw a matchstick man and I paid for uni w/ my mad roller, brush, and tape skillz.
OP, do not purchase a flimsy plastic tarp; get two canvas ones. Also get a 5-gallon bucket w/ a sturdy handle, wide masking tape, a good-quality bristle (not sponge) brush of 2 - 3" width, a roller w/ 3 or 4-foot wooden handle, and most importantly a roller screen that will hang in the bucket. Never use a paint tray. Always have a pocket square
damp rag handy to quickly wipe away any mistakes.
Remove all the face plates from the light switches, phone/data/cable ports, and electrical outlets. If you have sconces you may remove them; at the minimum you'll need to tape around them. Tape your floor/door/window trim and other areas you don't want painted. You do not need to tape the ceiling trim. Unfold and put one tarp down along the length of a wall; the second tarp is for your 5-gallon paint bucket and it used to limit drips on the first tarp. Using a good step ladder (not a chair) and your brush paint a 2"-wide strip at the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling trim - this will be the most "diffilcult" job because you have to be very careful and need a steady hand. Use your brush to paint every corner, and around light fixtures you didn't remove, and areas too small to fit the roller. Wherever you use the brush make sure to not leave brush lines - don't put too much paint on the brush to control this.
Using a bucket is easy. Just dip your roller about halfway into the paint and roll up the roller screen to squeeze out the excess. As you walk along the tarp moving the bucket and its own tarp be on the lookout for paint drips on the first tarp. You don't want to step on them. Anytime you step off the tarp look at the bottom of both shoes first and wipe off any paint with the damp rag.
Once done the bucket, screen, brush, and roller must be scrubbed clean, preferably before the paint dries.Edited by curzon - 11/26/11 at 5:55pm