Tips and Advice



Where to begin? The task is daunting. Find some motivation in Goethe's famous words...

A little preparation goes a long way. In the lists below are some tips and suggestions on a wide range of painting subjects.

AuthorThe Pro's Edge are lessons and advice from PaintInfo members. Our thanks to Steve Atkinson and ICI Paints for allowing us to post excerpts from their 'best seller' Skip's Tips. We are also indebted to R. A. (Skip) Lennox for his years of service to the industry and on the MPDA's Technical Committee.

The Pro's Edge

Mind if I Cut In? - Body posture and motion make this professional edging technique work ...
The Swirl
Swirling Patterns - An Old Trick - Learnhow to create colorful patterns and psychedelic masterpieces ...

Can I Sponge Off You? - A sneaky way to prepare drywall finishes without creating a lot of dust ...

Skip's Tips

Health and Safety - Read instructions and follow some simple guidelines to avoid health problems ...

Applying Dry Fog - Using this sprayed paint to best effect and making it stick ...

Pressure-Treated Lumber - Paint or stain treated wood to avoid long-term decay ...

Too Many Coats - There is a limit to the number of layers of paint that a surface can support ...

Paintable Caulking - Make sure it's dry before you start painting or expect some cracks ...

Textured Ceilings - Don't let the layers peel back by pre-cutting the edges of the ceiling tiles ...