Paints and Finishes, Part II: Painting Interior Rooms

MOTHER's Handbook part II of the paints and finishes series, painting interior rooms. Includes tips and information on painting the interior of your home.



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ILLUSTRATION: JOAN LANDIS
Diagram 1 interior painting
Diagram 1: A good paint roller cover.
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Diagram 4 interior painting
Diagram 4: Patching with vinyl spackle.
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Diagram 2 interior painting
Diagram 2: A simple working platform.
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Diagram 5 interior painting
Diagram 5: Removing baseboard molding.
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Diagram 3 interior painting
Diagram 3: Using a bucket and a roller screen.
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Diagram 6 interior painting
Diagram 6: Cutting in with a brush.
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Diagram 10 interior painting
Diagram 10: Flush door painting sequence.
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Diagram 9 interior painting
Diagram 9: Double hung.
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Diagram 7 interior painting
Diagram 7: Strip-rolling with an extension pole.
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Diagram 8 interior painting
Diagram 8: Painting walls with a roller.
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This chart indicates the range of interior finishes and their applications. The listings, from left to right, show increasing levels of hardness and degrees of light reflection. In general, flat finishes are soft and forgiving of surface irregularities; the gloss enamels highlight imperfections, but resist marring fingerprint marks and wear from repeated cleaning. As a rule, the higher a paint's sheen level, the greater its durability. Though washable flat wall paints are sometimes labeled enamels, that term is best applied to paints—usually gloss or semigloss—with enough resins to handle frequent scrubbing.
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Diagram 11 interior painting
Diagram 11: Panel door painting sequence.
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Diagram 12: The nuts and bolts of color.
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