August 27, 2018 2 min read

When done right, a fresh paint job is one of the most efficient and inexpensive ways to transform the look of a room. From avid weekend warriors to first-time do-it-yourselfers, there are three key steps in the process to ensure a perfect paint job.

Jeff Spillane, Senior Manager, Product Training Implementation at Benjamin Moore, offers these basic tips to keep in mind at the start of every paint project.

Tip 1: Stock up on supplies.

Before opening the first can of paint, assess the needs of the project and source all supplies necessary to avoid disruption in the process later on. These supplies can include primer and paint; painter’s tape; paint brushes and paint rollers, depending on your project; paint scraper or putty knife; sandpaper; roller trays; caulk or putty; drop cloths, etc. “Remember that a professional- looking paint job requires quality applicators; don’t skimp on quality for a lower price when it comes to purchasing supplies,” says Jeff.

Tip 2: Pick the right paint.

Every project is different. While many paint cans may look the same, it’s what inside the can that counts. While most people focus on color, it is equally important to choose a paint based on how it is required to perform. “Each Benjamin Moore® product is crafted to serve a specific role, making it the most innovative and best-performing in its category,” Jeff explains. “For example, Aura® Bath & Spa defies the old rules by enabling a matte finish in humid areas; Natura® is our greenest paint when it comes to VOCs1 and emissions; and ARBORCOAT® Waterborne Exterior Stains offer superior protection while enriching the texture and grain of exterior wood surfaces.”

Tip 3: Prepare the surface.

“The biggest mistake a painter of any skill level can make is skipping the proper prep work,” shares Jeff. “It is a critical step in the coatings process to achieve professional-looking results the first time around.” First, completely clean the surface of any dirt, dust, grease, soap, wax, mildew, etc. Then dull glossy areas by sanding them. Prior to application, ensure surfaces are dry and use painter’s tape to mask baseboards, trim and any other area you do not want to be painted, such as outlet covers, light switches, etc.

1Zero VOC according to EPA Method 24.

JC Licht Makes Paint Happen

For the proudly particular customer, JC Licht provides 48 Chicagoland locations. Each location is staffed by our in-house experts who will be happy to help you choose supplies, pick the right Benjamin Moore® paint, and get you prepared. Stop by your neighborhood store and tell us about your project.


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