DIY Tips and Tricks

Paint like a pro with Breathecoat

These top tips will make your next paint job a great success.

Do a thorough visual inspection and prep.
Any cracked, flaking, or peeling areas need to be lightly sanded or scraped (and then thoroughly rinsed) before applying breathecoat paint, because the weight of the new coat will pull the old paint loose. You’ll just end up wasting your time and money if you don’t tackle that first. Greasy spots may also need a bit of washing with soap, followed by a rinse with clean water. Otherwise, give the walls a quick wipe-down with a damp cloth so that paint will have a clean, dust-free surface to stick to.

Protect anything you don’t want painted.
You will never regret the time you spend covering floors, furniture, and hardware before you begin a paint project. Drop sheets are a must, and small plastic sandwich bags secured with tape are an easy way to protect doorknobs.

Remove light switch and outlet covers. 
If you’re impatient, you’ll be tempted to skip this five-minute step, but don’t.

Paint from top to bottom.
After you’ve cut in your edges at the ceiling and baseboard using a brush, use your roller to apply paint from the ceiling downward. Amateurs often have telltale drips and spatters at the end of a paint job, but pros paint right over their mistakes as they work their way down the wall. Once an area starts to dry, it’s best to leave it alone. Going back over it can leave marks and color streaks in the paint’s surface.