Wall Painting Techniques

Written by Genevieve Hawkins
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There are entire college classes dedicated to ways to make an interesting or intriguing wall design, and for good reason. Wall painting techniques can create everything from murals to marble, faux plaster designs or the illusion of extra rooms. Paintings of clouds on the ceiling can create the illusion of sky in some rooms, while the effect of plaid striping is used in others. There are almost so many different techniques that it is hard to mention just one. Suffice to say that they are popular because they are cheap and relatively easy to learn.

Wall Painting Tips

For the most basic types of painting techniques, however, there are some simple tips to keep in mind. Mask off all areas you don't want to paint, and wear clothes that you don't mind if you get ruined. Remove light and electrical switch face plates, and tape the outlets shut.

Keep a damp rag near you, in case of drippage onto areas you didn't want to paint. Even with masking it is easy to do, but the best time to clean it up is right when it happens. Wipe the spot away carefully and immediately. If it is very large or oil based, you may want to leave it alone until it can be scraped off after it dries.

Never put an oil based paint on top of a water based latex--the top coat will begin to peel after just a few weeks or months. Although oil based paints make good primers (certain types, such as Killz, get rid of wall stains that nothing else will), and latex can be applied on top, the opposite is not true. When in doubt, it might be better to go with a high gloss latex as your top coat.

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