While painting seems like a no-brainer, there are actually quite a few questions to be answered before we can get right down to it. Find out all the answers here.

Which paint should I use?

First, you have to choose the type of paint appropriate for the surface you’re working on. The two main types of paint are oil-based and water-based. Oil-based paint was the traditional option. However, water-based paints have enjoyed much preference lately, since they have the advantages of having less odor, drying quicker, and being easier to wipe.

How much paint should I buy?
For this part, you would have to measure the surface you’re working on first by getting the measurements for all the dimensions and then computing for surface area. For every 350 square feet of surface area, you need one gallon of paint. However, quick tip: You would want to have an extra quarter gallon of paint on hand, in case you need to do touch-ups later.

Primer or no primer?
The purpose of a primer is to create a neutral surface so that the paint will look even when applied. Primer is only needed when the surface you’re working on has spackle marks from patching, when you need to paint a light color over a dark one, or when the surface is visibly stained.

So can I start painting now?
Not yet! While all preliminary questions have been answered, there are some more preparatory steps before paint can actually be applied. First, clean and wipe dusty surfaces, such as ceiling corners and baseboards. Second, put on painter’s tape so that you won’t accidentally paint surfaces that you are not supposed to work on. Third, place drop cloths on the floor so you won’t make a mess.

And that’s it!

You can get to painting. Finally!