Having the necessary tools before starting this DIY project will save you a lot of time and frustration.
* Caulk gun* Paint scraper* Paint roller* Paint tray* Putty knife* Rags* Roller sleeve* Roller tray* Paintbrush* Utility knife
You would also need a roller pole, make sure that it is extendable; a paint pail, a screen and a mini-roller, an eighteen inch roller and rubber gloves.
Required Materials to Complete the Project:
Making sure that you have all the materials with you to save even more time! Avoid shopping at the last minute.
* Rosin or masking paper* Masking tape* Caulk* Painter’s plastic* Bondo glazing putty* Liquid deglosser/sander* Paint
The Secret to Painting Your Office Space Twice as Fast: USE AN EXTRA-WIDE ROLLER
This tip can only be used on wide and huge spaces. Most painters use an 18-inch wide roller because of an obvious reason: it can cover a much larger space and you can paint faster compared to the standard-sized rollers. An 18-inch roller works well with large and unbroken walls as well as on ceilings. All you need to do is buy the biggest paint pail you can get as well as an 18-inch roller and an 18-inch cover. Using this set up will save you a lot of time. It is not only because of its size but it is also because an 18-inch roller is supported on both of its edges instead of just on the middle like a 9-inch roller. Having two supports for the roller would make it easier to apply the paint with a consistent pressure. This means you wont have to go back to repaint it again and again to coat everything equally. Who would not love that? You can get hold of an 18-inch roller along with the cover at your local paint stores and home centers.
Prep Varnished Wood with a Liquid Deglosser/Sander
If you have tried repainting any kind of surface before, you know that it has to be cleaned before applying paint. If you just pour paint over clear finishes such as polyurethane or varnish, it would require you to put in extra care to make sure that the fresh coat of paint bonds well with it. Thorough sanding is a way of preparing the surface to be painted over but the best, easier and faster way of doing it is by using a liquid deglosser/sander. You wont have a hard time looking for deglossers because they can be found on any hardware stores. Most carpenters use the liquid deglosser/sander by Klean-Strip but there are other types available in the market that works just as well. Before using the liquid sander, read the instruction that comes with it first and make sure you follow it carefully. There are liquid sandpapers that would require you to paint over it for it to dry. There are also other types that needs to be dried out first. As soon as that process is done, the next thing you need to do is apply a coat of the bonding primer. You can find them in the paint department. It should not be hard for you to get a hold of it because a lot of major paint manufacturers have it with them.
Hide Movement Cracks By Caulking Every Single One
Deciding which cracks you would want to caulk would take much time and it would not look perfect if you only caulk the large ones. Caulk everything including the intersection between the molding and in between the walls and ceilings. Do this and you will notice a much better final result on your paint job!
Get Good Equipment
If you don’t want to leave a trail of roller fuzzies on your walls, look for rollers labeled as shed resistant woven. Although they cost a bit more than most covers, they would be able to leave you with a smoother and lint-free finish and it certainly worth your every penny!
Line the Pail To Make the Cleanup Process Easier
You can use the painter’s plastic you bought to line your pail. What you should do is cut the plastic and drape it over the pail. As soon as that is done, you can then add the paint. Wrap the perimeter around with a masking tape so that the plastic will stay in place. Most people just use a paint tray but this is not advisable because you can just easily step on it. This means you’ll ruin your shoes plus it has a huge tendency of spilling over. Trays are also awkward to move from one place to another especially when it is loaded with paint. Using a paint pail instead would solve the problems mentioned and more! A paint pail holds a larger quantity of paint and it is easier to move around. You wont step in it as well! The plastic lining tip we have just mentioned is only an added bonus so you can easily clean up the mess you make afterwards. Paint pails are available almost everywhere. Ask the staff of your local department store to get you one.
Do Not Start Painting in the Corners
It is just natural that you load an ample amount of paint into your paintbrush and then start painting at the corners. You can do this but it will leave an excess amount of paint which is very difficult to spread out. To avoid this problem, start applying the paint just four to six inches below the corners. You can easily spread the paint into the corners with your paint brush. Problem solved and you would be able to get a smooth paint job with no excess paint building up!
Better Floor Protection
A drop cloth can usually be a hassle and you would not want that especially if you want the paint job to be over in less than two days! Drop cloths easily slip on a hard flooring, get tangled under the ladder and it hardly fits tight with the baseboards. You do not have to deal with the stress in handling drop cloths. Just replace them with rosin paper instead. It will save you a lot of time and they are very cheap. For less than $10, you can get a 150-foot roll of heavy masking paper that is three foot wide. Before you start with the whole paint job, roll the sheet out and leave just half an inch of space along the side of the walls for the tape. As soon as that is taken care of, cover edges using the tape to keep the whole thing in place.
Just follow the tips we have listed above and for sure, your office will look brand new in just two days – or even less!