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yummy mummy 12-31-2008 09:52 AM

Getting ready to paint.....
I am about to start painting my basement.

I assume I start with the trim first? Are there different types of paint for the trim that I need to use?

As for the walls, I have been doing some research on how to paint walls, and some say to first paint a "W" and them spread, and some say just start at one end of the wall and go straight up and down.
I am a newbie at this and would like to know what would be the best method for me to do.

I will prime first with a drywall primer as my basement has bare drywall on it now. I assume 1 coat will suffice?

I am also aware that I have to cut in at the top and on any edges.

Thanks for any help.

Matthewt1970 12-31-2008 11:03 AM

Most times you do the trim last. Your wall paint is going to drip all over the baseboards. Not necessarily the big drips, but the little speckles from the roller. The "W" method for rolling is really if you don't have a roller pole for your roller arm. Take a broom handle and screw it on there so you have a nice pole to work with. It keeps your hands further away from the roller so it is less messy and then you can do long strokes from top to bottom. That will give you your best results and a much more even paint job. Start towards the middle vertically and about 6" from where you just left off painting or from a corner. Run out about an entire roller width from there and then roll back to blend it with where you left off.

sirwired 12-31-2008 02:47 PM

Nobody here has really been able to figure out that "W" pattern stuff. All it does is make your arm sore. I suspect the DIY books recommend it because it could help to hide roller marks if you have poor materials or technique.

One coat primer. (water-base should be fine, unless you have oil paint on the wall now.)
Two coats paint.

Some do trim first, some last. Personally, I do it last.

For best results use top, or near-top paint from a paint store (not big-box), and use a high-quality cover. The 3/8" Purdy White dove is cheap, good, and available everywhere.

One roller load can cover one 8'-10' stripe, no more. Go up, and down once; up and down the previous stripe, reload and move on. Let the roller do the work; if you "squeeze" the paint out of the roller, you WILL end up with roller marks.


yummy mummy 12-31-2008 10:17 PM

Thanks for the explanations and the tips.
I will try and see how it goes.

I think I will do the trim last, so i can avoid the drips or splatters.

onlinehandyman 01-01-2009 09:52 PM

some suggestions
I would begin with the trim although I have seen others paint walls first. Primer is definitely a must. ....Have fun!

FieldersChoice 01-02-2009 12:39 AM

paint trim last

yummy mummy 01-02-2009 10:41 AM

Thanks onlinehandyman, I will take a look.

kcrossley2 01-02-2009 04:54 PM

Yeah, I always paint the trim last. It's easier to tape it off and get a clean break that way. :thumbsup:

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