Crafts & DIY
Professional painter shows how to quickly paint an entire room in helpful video
I've never seen someone paint a full room so fast. He has the best tips.
Michael Dabu
12.29.22

Buying a house is probably one of the biggest purchases a person will ever make.

Many things need to be considered.

Such as location, accessibility to places like supermarkets and restaurants, age of the house, the neighborhood, and a lot more.

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While there’s so much to think about before buying a house, maintaining its beauty is a different story.

Everything inside a house wears out when used and it’s your sole responsibility as the owner to keep your property pleasant to the eyes.

After all, it is your home.

As we all know, a house with no paint job is like a naked structure.

You can fix that.

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YouTube - SgtDonovan

Certified Professional Inspector and veteran, Jamie Donovan runs and owns the YouTube channel SgtDonovan.

He has been a custom home contractor for 15 years and he is here to show us how to do a paint job, easier and with much more efficiency.

Before starting the video, he told everyone to invest in a high-quality paint brush, it doesn’t just give better results but it also lasts longer.

He also used an 18″ roller.

This is instead of the standard 9″ roller we’re all used to.

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YouTube - SgtDonovan

The very first thing that he did was clear the wall and furniture in the way.

The cleaner the workspace is, the faster things can get done.

He also removed outlets, switch cover plates, and plastic covers like thermostats and doorbells.

One trick is putty and sanding.

If you want to get the best results, don’t ever forget those two things before you even start painting.

That means adding wall putty into dents and holes and then sanding them down for a smooth finish.

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YouTube - SgtDonovan

Also, make sure to put a drop cloth or contractor’s paper near the area where you’re painting to avoid paint dripping all over your floor.

When loading the paint in a container, Donovan used a separate can and put an inch deep of paint.

According to him, the paint must come from the middle of the brush and not from its tips.

To do that, you must dip your brush until it hits the bottom of your container, the brush absorbs a decent amount of paint that way.

Lastly, remove all the excess paint from all of its sides.

Here’s a few more ‘pro tips’.

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YouTube - SgtDonovan

According to the Certified Professional Inspector veteran, you must leave a 1/8″ gap on both the top and bottom sides.

Doing this will save you a lot of time and better results.

“When doing the second coat, the paint glides easily across the first coat. You’ll definitely notice how much easier it is to get a straight line when you only have the small gap to think about compared to trying to make a perfect line on the first coat and then again on the second,” he said while trying to explain the purpose of the 1/8″ gap.

When painting the baseboard, Donovan said that your painting arm should be closer to the wall.

Otherwise, you’d have a hard time painting because your non-painting arm is on the way.

For the hard-to-reach or narrow areas, he used painter’s tape and an old brush to do the job.

The magic of an 18″ roller.

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YouTube - SgtDonovan

A wider roller means faster painting.

Not only that but it also gives even pressure, so you wouldn’t be troubled by uneven shades of paint.

In a very detailed manner, Donovan said that a paint load must cover at least 2 full widths of the 18″ roller on the first coating and 3 full widths on the second coating.

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YouTube - SgtDonovan

Let the first coating dry up completely before starting the second coating.

While waiting, wrap your roller in Saran wrap and wash your brush to avoid dried paint in it.

Remember not to spray water into the brush from the bottom, instead, patiently rinse with water from a faucet.

Just follow the steps from the first coating to start off with your second coating, but this time, make sure to fill in the gaps from your first coating.

It all comes together beautifully.

YouTube - SgtDonovan
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YouTube - SgtDonovan

See how Donovan’s tips add up to the perfect, fast, efficient paint job in the video below!

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By Michael Dabu
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Michael Dabu is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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