Consumer Reports: How to paint a wall

Consumer Reports: How to paint a wall
Consumer Reports

Winter can mean a lot of time stuck inside, so why not tackle a DIY project like painting? Consumer Reports’ experts reveal the best techniques to paint a room and the best products that deliver a professional finish.

If you’ve ever painted a room, chances are you’ve made a mistake or two along the way. Consumer Reports’ paint expert Rico DePaz says you can avoid common blunders with a few simple tips.

You can cut in with a brush like the pros, but Consumer Reports says that if you’re a novice, a $3 edger is a good tool to try.

To avoid drips, use the roller to apply paint instead of dipping the edger. When it’s time to cover the walls, Rico says remember the four S’s.

“You saturate the roller, then you smear the paint on the wall, you spread it out and the finally you just smooth it over to get a nice finish,” Rico said.

A common mistake is to not get enough paint on the roller.

“You should saturate the roller to the point where the paint’s almost dripping off. If you don’t do that you’re gonna have to put on a second coat,” Rico said.

Next, in a two-by-two section, smear the paint on the wall in an x, v, or w pattern. After that you can spread the paint to cover the entire area. Then you’ll want to smooth the roller from top to bottom. Continue until you’ve got all the wall covered.

To save time and money, use a paint and primer like one recommended from Behr Premium Plus Ultra.