Most people prefer flat or satin flat paints for these rooms. These finishes give a soft lustrous finish, accenting the furnishings of the room. Room preparation steps:

  • Move furniture to the center of the room.

  • Place drop cloths over the floor, carpeting, and furniture.

  • Most rooms will require dusting with a soft cloth.

  • Wash the walls with a mild detergent and rinse. This is important for the paint to adhere to the wall, rather than the dirt. Special attention in washing should be given to areas that are usually dirty; around light switches, door handles, baseboards, air exchanges, or any area that is frequently touched. These areas should be washed and rinsed. Rinse thoroughly after washing with a clean damp cloth.

  • Glossy areas should be dulled by lightly sanding so that the paint can stick to the surface. Rinse the sanded area(s) with a clean damp cloth. Patch and repair all cracks and holes.

  • Prime any bare surfaces, patched areas, and other painted areas where the surface is not sealed.

  • When the prime is dry, IT IS TIME TO PAINT.

  • Begin painting in the corners and edges of the room with a pad or trim brush. Finish in the larger areas with the correct roller and proper technique.

Most people prefer satin, semi-Gloss or High Gloss paints for these high traffic rooms. These paints offer the ultimate durability. Room preparation steps:

  • Move any furniture to the center of the room. Place drop cloths over the floor, appliances, fixtures, etc.

  • Most of these rooms already have a glossy or shiny finish; they should be sanded to dull the surface.

  • Wash the walls with a mild detergent and rinse. This is important for the paint to adhere to the wall, rather than the dirt. Special attention in washing should be given to areas that are usually dirty; around light switches, door handles, baseboards, air exchanges, appliances, kitchen walls, etc... These areas should be washed and rinsed with a clean damp cloth.

  • Glossy areas should be dulled by lightly sanding, so that the paint can stick to the surface. Rinse the sanded area(s) with a clean, damp cloth. Patch and repair all cracks and holes.

  • Prime any bare surfaces, patched areas, and other painted areas where the surface is not sealed. In areas that may be stained (water spots, crayon marks, etc…) use a primer designed to seal in these stains.

  • When the prime is dry, IT IS TIME TO PAINT.

  • On walls that are frequently scrubbed, choose a paint that has a stain removal benefit. Begin painting in the corners and edges of the room with a pad or trim brush. Finish in large areas with the correct roller and proper technique.

The use of either oil over latex or latex over oil is quite satisfactory with today’s paint and primer products. Always follow the label directions on the product you intend to use. Primers are formulated in either oil base or latex base systems and can provide a very satisfactory foundation coat.

Wherever a dirty or greasy surface is encountered before painting, it is recommended that it be washed and rinsed thoroughly. Today’s paints will bond very well to any surfaces that they are applied to.

Paint binds very well to dirt or loose chalk and then if that contaminant falls off the surface, the paint will fall as well.

Cleaning is the most important step to be taken before applying any paint. This is shown every day and proven by the care taken in cleaning the surface on an automobile before it is painted.

Interior and exterior paints are specially formulated each for their specific uses.

  • Exterior paints are more flexible and would not withstand washing and scrubbing.

  • Interior paints are harder and would soon crack and peel if subjected to weathering.