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Painting drywall can be a pretty easy process, but if you don’t use the right techniques, tools, and products, you could run into unwanted problems that will make you start the whole process over again!

If you are about to embark on a painting journey that will make your drywall and your home look amazing, you need to follow these steps to ensure your project goes as smooth as possible.

Prepare your drywall

Before you can start painting, you need to prepare your drywall so that is ready to be painted. You should start by washing the surfaces that you are going to be painted.

Make sure you also clean the ceiling because dust, dirt, and cobwebs could be hidden and can negatively affect your paint job. If you are painting your bathroom or kitchen, you will need to do a thorough cleaning because hairspray, soap, and other aerosol spray particles can be stuck to the walls. In your kitchen, you may find oil, grease, and food particles on your wall, which aren’t fun to paint over.

If you are painting new drywall, it may be extra dusty, so take your vacuum with the brush head attached or a microfiber cloth to clean those walls.

Next, use painter’s tape to tape along the edges of the trim, baseboards and casings. If you have any furniture in the room you are painting, cover them with plastic and seal it with tape. If paint finds its way on the plastic, it could run down and find an opening, causing a stain on that piece of furniture. Place professional grade drop cloth on the surface of your floor to keep off any flyby paint drops from staining your carpet/hardwood floor.

The last step to prepare your drywall is to apply a coat of primer. This will help cover up drywall mud and tape, and it will make it so you don’t have to add additional coats of paint.

Paint your drywall

Before you started your project, you have probably decided if you are going to spray or roll on the paint. Spraying is a lot faster and it covers more area, but you will have to make sure everything in the surrounding area is covered (including windows) and to have proper ventilation.

If you will be using rollers and brushes, the first step is ensuring you have enough paint for two coats. When deciding what kind of paint to use, the most popular choices are flat latex, high-sheen, and satin finishes. The type of paint is dependent on how you want your room to look like, so do some research before making your final decision!

The best way to paint drywall is with a friend. Have one person paint the edges, along the ceiling, and corners with a paintbrush and having the other person use the roller to follow close behind. Have the person with the roller start from the top of the wall, starting by making a large “W” or “M” then paint through the section vertically.

When the whole wall is painted, let it dry for three hours before applying the second coat. After all is said and done and you are satisfied with the paint job, take a blade and run it between the walls and the tape to cut through the dried drips. If you just rip off the tape without doing this step, you may risk taking big chunks of paint off of your wall.