How Many Coats of Paint in Every Situation

Good news: if you are not changing colors you’ll be fine with one coat of quality paint (look up your situation below). If you try to save money on watery paint, this rule will not apply. (The watery stuff will not get you where you want to be in two coats!) Quality applicators and paint are less expensive and less frustrating than you think and are easy to clean. Here we go.

Best Caulking Gun: The Real Top Guns!

High quality caulking guns

Here you will find the best caulking gun for the money. We argue that a quality dripless caulk gun is worth the few dollars extra: it will last for generations. Oddly, the best caulk guns have been made in England for at least 3 decades. Go figure.

Best Paint Roller & Roller Painting Tips

best-paint-roller-for-large-room-painting

We picked the best paint roller for 2 budgets: 1) Low-budget, 2) Best. Tips on how to paint with a roller are at the bottom of the post. Surprise: homeowners can easily afford professional painting rollers and get the same results! It’s not brain surgery.

Best Floor Paint: Only 1 Coat!

woman sitting on a floor that needs painting

You are in luck. Applying floor paint is the easiest thing we painters do when you use the best floor paint because you will only need one coat when using high-quality floor paint. Don’t thank me, thank gravity.

Best Basement Floor Paint & Painting Floor in 5 steps

Basement painted floor

Let’s knock this puppy O-U-T. Here we will make short work of what you need to do when working with high-quality basement floor paint (and this goes for painting garage floors as well). We will list the best basement floor paints we recommend – with those, only one coat is needed.

Best Respirator Mask – Use Only What You Need

Worker with a Paint respirator Mask to Protect Lungs

Finding the best respirator mask gets very complicated very quickly: what filter on what mask? Of the many, many types of respirator for painting, we present some clarity: we’ll order a la carte. Read the short guide below to find the right mask for the job.

Best Interior Paint and One Awesome Timesaving Tip

room painted with best interior paint

The best interior will make your work A LOT easier, because the color holds longer, applies more evenly, each coat is much thicker, and it cleans up easier. We will show you a secret painting tip to go very fast. Let’s see first which paint is the best.  Don’t believe commercials.

Painting Plaster Walls in 5 Easy Steps

Old Plaster Walls Ready for Painting

Painting plaster walls is not at all difficult.  If your house is old, it will have plaster, sometimes called ‘horsehair plaster’ on the walls. The old workers used the tail hair from horses to mix in with the plaster to give it strength.

Paint and Primer in One: The Best and When to Use It

rolling paint primer on wood

Be very careful and consider the results you will get if you use a paint and primer in one step.  I have seen a lot of ads pushing this idea of one-coat painting, but that just plays to people’s idea that painting is a drag and one coat would be quick and easy. It is not messy and it is not hard to clean up.

Best Way to Pick Wall Paint Colors

Pick Wall Paint Colors with good light

As a painting contractor, I “never give color advice”.  That is something that can come back to bite a painter later on! Having said that here are some tips I think you will find useful to pick wall paint colors yourself.

The Best Way to Clean Paint Brush

paint brushes that needs cleaning

Lazy? Soak baby.  The best way to clean a paint brush start simply by soaking it. We find a bath tub if there is no utility sink and we routinely put off cleaning for the night and let the brush soak in the bucket.  The next day it is so easy to clean as over night the floating brush and roller lets the paint falls to the bottom of the bucket.

How to Paint a Wall? Big Tip: Skip the Tape, You Will Thank Me!

Painting a Wall

How to Paint a Wall? Let me count the ways. Ok, here is the short version: you will see all over the internet all these people telling you how to use tape, and how to clean the walls, brush first, etc etc. Well, they clearly read the manual written by someone who read a manual, but in practice, you just jump in. It’s just not brain surgery.

For Canadian Painters Only

My time living and working in Canada has always been great.  One problem for a painter though: painters in the US mostly use a 5-gallon bucket, a screen, and a 9-inch roller frame/cage.  Why is that?  It’s fast man.   Nobody ever stepped in a big bucket! Well, not as far as you know.