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Professional Tips and Tricks

In my 40 years as a house painter and contractor, I've gathered many tips and practices that are now part of my every day routine. Some of these tips simply make my work faster or more efficient. Other tips help produce higher quality results.

I'm certain that homeowners painting their own dwellings will benefit from these suggestions. Less-experienced contractors may also find my suggestions helpful, so over the coming days and weeks I hope to provide this information freely via my Twitter feed.

Why am I sharing this hard-earned experience? It's my belief that generosity of knowledge and practice brings benefits to the giver and the recipient. I hope you'll call on me the next time you require a professional house painter.

You can access previous tips and keep up-to-date by "following" me on Twitter.


You can remove a textured ceiling (popcorn texture) that has not been previously painted by rolling water onto the ceiling with a paint roller, and then scraping off the texture. This is a very messy job and requires careful covering of all floors and furnishings.

After the texture has been scraped off, you can have the ceiling re-textured, or you can use another treatment, such as simply painting the ceiling surface. If you plan to simply paint the ceiling after the texture is removed, be very careful in scraping the texture off the ceiling, as your scraper can cause a lot of damage to the soft wallboard surface beneath the texture.

You will invariably need to do repairs to the ceiling before proceeding to paint it.

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