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Interior paint


Interior Paint Tools List

Surface Preparation Tools

  • Drop cloths or tarps and cleaning cloths
  • Putty knife and caulk/joint compound
  • Steel wool
  • Wire brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack or damp cloth
  • Painter's tape

Paint Supplies

  • Primer and paint
  • Paint brushes 
  • Paint roller
  • Paint paddles
  • Roller trays

Interior Painting Do’s and Don’ts



  1. Clean All Surfaces - Proper surface preparation is the key to any successful project. Coatings require a clean, sound surface free of dirt, dust, mildew.

  2. Thoroughly mix all paint before starting – A common problem that can happen with painting is uneven sheen. This can be because of uneven surface porosity on the substrate, but it can also be from paint that hasn’t been thoroughly mixed. This is why for years, you have always been given that fancy little paint stick with your purchase!

  3. Follow Directions - Take a few moments to read over the supplied manufacturers instructions. Every product has some unique applications which should always be adhered to.



  1. Paint over dirty surfaces – This is one of the most common mistakes, especially in bathrooms and kitchens

  2. Don’t use cheap paint – Premium paint is easier to apply ( I won’t have to sell you a raincoat to protect. yourself from paint splatter), gives you more square footage per gallon (due to higher solid content) and will last considerably longer.

  3. Don’t use cheap brushes and sleeves – Cheap paint brushes will leave many brush strokes in the new quick drying, environmentally friendly paint. Cheap sleeves will shed a lot of the material that is used to hold the paint. Always use lint free or micro fibre sleeves!

  4. Don’t paint over outlet and switch covers – Seriously! Just don’t do it. Carefully with a slotted screwdriver remove the plate and just tape over the receptacle. 

  5. Don’t mess with old paint unless you now it is Lead Free

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PLEASE NOTE: These calculations are not intended to give more than a rough estimate. Precise paint needs will vary according to many factors, including application method. These calculations assume 2 coats of paint and do not include the ceiling.

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Interior paint tips

  • start with a clean surface – Dirt, oil and grime will prevent paint from adhering properly. Talk to the pros at SouthPointe to find out what cleaner you need for each surface!
  • Get the room ready – remove as much furniture as possible, cover anything you can’t move. Protect areas not to be painted with painters tape.
  • Remove wall switch covers and plug in covers
  • Prime unpainted or raw surfaces- Not priming could lead to what is commonly called flashing or uneven surface porosity.
  • Always stir the paint and follow manufactures recommended instructions.
  • Begin with the ceiling – Begin where the ceiling meets the wall or trim. Try to maintain a wet edge. Always paint from dry surfaces into wet surfaces! If your using latex paint, keep moving and try not to go back repeatedly into already painted areas!
  • When the ceiling is dry to the touch you can begin the walls
  • When walls are done, paint trim around windows and baseboards

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