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Best Paint Primer: Paint with Primer vs. Stand Alone Primer

Oil primer paint.

Painting isn’t all about the color choice. You have got to get the paint up on the wall. You have to get it on there in the most eye-pleasing way possible. You’ll hear all kinds of suggestions on what you should do as far as using a primer, or no primer at all, or a paint with a primer already mixed in. Hey, this sounds like the best of both worlds, paint and primer in one. Why would anyone ever choose something else if they can save themselves a step and avoid priming the walls and then going back and painting? Well, here are the benefits and the disadvantages to using paint alone, priming first then painting, or using a paint and primer that’s already mixed. This article will help you decide what is the best paint primer for your home.

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Paint Prep for Successful Home Decor

Paint prep is an important process for painting hardwood floors.

When you take on any home paint project, whether indoors or outdoors, the key to success is paint prep. Painting is a messy business which is why it’s very important to make sure the area has been properly prepared prior to painting. So here’s how to properly paint prep and make it a success.

Cover Up

Covering all of the furnishings that could not be removed from the room is important. Use a plastic drop cloth or cloth drop cloth. Plastic will protect better against large spills, but cloth can be reused and washed. Either will work, just depends on what you prefer or have on hand.

Remove all wall coverings and mask electrical outlets with tape. While you’re taping be sure to cover up areas you don’t want the paint, like corners and around moldings.

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How To Paint A Room Fast

Painted living room.

Painting is a chore many people don’t want to undertake because of the time it takes. Prepping, and waiting for coats to dry so you can add another coat of paint if needed. And because it’s a messy job which requires you to cover up furniture or move furniture to another area you don’t want a room like the living room to be out of commission for a long time. So to do this quickly you need to be organized and have a plan of attack. Here are the 5 steps on how to paint a room fast.

How To Paint A Room Fast: 5 Steps

1. Cleaning the ceiling and the walls.

Always start from top to bottom for best results during this process. Remove the dust, dirt, and grime prior to painting with a little water and mild detergent. Make sure you remove all of the soap residues. Once the walls are clean be sure to cover the floors and any furniture you can’t move elsewhere. Tape up the areas you wish to not be painted.

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