Easy Painting Tips for Not So Easy to Paint Surfaces

Easy Painting Tips for Not So Easy to Paint Surfaces

Jess Watson
Feb 19, 2010

If any of this month's Home Hacks posts have inspired you to pick up a paint brush, you may be eager to start painting but a bit unsure of the best way to do it. We recently came across a great source on how to paint those tricky surfaces like laminate, metal, tile and concrete.

Canadian House and Home did their research so we don't have to. After looking through various home improvement sites, they pulled together the best techniques for painting cabinets, tub surrounds, a variety of flooring, appliances and metal.

Here are the tips listed for before you get started:

  • Work in a well-ventilated area, follow instructions on labels, and wear a mask when sanding or spray-painting.

  • Always lightly sand surfaces and wipe off any dust. This gives the surface some "grit" and ensures that the top coat adheres well.

  • Don't be tempted to skip the primer stage. Primer is as important as the actual paint finish because it is what makes the paint adhere to the surface. (With the exception of hard wood floors)

To read the specific techniques for each different surface, read the article here. We will definitely be bookmarking this for future reference.

OTHER PAINTING TIPS:
Top 5 Pro Painting Tips from Popular Mechanics
Top Ten: DIY Painting Tips and Tricks
8 Smart Tips For Painting Interior Walls
How To: Paint Your Floors and Not Screw it Up

(Image credit: Robert Lemermeyer / Canadian House and Home)

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