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Old 02-26-2009, 10:22 AM   #1
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Hello,

We are closing on our house next week and we would like to paint the entire interior of the house before we move in. I wasn't sure the best way to handle this and in what order to proceed. My thoughts were to take it as a step by step project:
1) Paint all of the trim work and the ceilings the first weekend.
2) During the next week, go to the house and tape the trim work and ceilings so that they are ready for the next weekend.
3) Paint the walls that need a primer the following weekend.
4) Paint the walls the colors we have selected the 3rd weekend.
5) Remove the tape and move in.

Does this make sense or is there a better way to go about painting the entire interior? Any help would be very much appreciated as I am novice painter at best.

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Old 02-26-2009, 11:44 AM   #2
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Tape should be removed immediately after painting.. not left on till the end. Better be a small house to only take a weekend to paint.

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Old 02-26-2009, 12:52 PM   #3
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Take your time - in a way
A friend of mine bought a house & started to burn out trying to paint everything at once

Pain the rooms where you will not want to paint after moving in
IE Bedrooms
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Skip the tape. It will waste time, and you will inevitably end up with paint bleeding under the edge of the tape, which looks horrible. Practice "cutting in" with your trim and ceilings, and you will end up with a much better result. (The crooked line caused by a poor cut in looks about 50x better than tape bleed.)

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Hi i just wanted to chime to let you know what i thought was easier paint the ceiling first because if you paint the walls first than u might end up dripping onto the walls.. second do the walls and last the trim... if u skip taping u will save time but make sure u get a painting sheild so u dont get paint on the trim
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If you do use the tape, is it a bad idea to leave it on for an entire week before painting? Even it is removed immediately after painting.
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If you apply tape to your trim just a day or two after painting, the tape will strip the paint right off. Even if you use painter's tape. Latex paint requires at least two weeks to cure to a point where I would put tape on it. (This is why your house smells like "new paint" well after it feels dry; the paint is still curing, hence the smell.)

If the paint is cured, you can leave it on as long as you like, within reason. I think most tapes are rated for 30 days clean removal. However, keep in mind that "clean removal" means you can remove the tape without a scraper, it doesn't mean that it won't pull paint up until you hit 30 days.

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Thanks for all of your help. Hopefully everything works out.

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