#1 Secret: A quality roller – I kid you not! Do not buy one of the cheap rollers commonly found in the big box stores. Buy it where real pro’s buy there supplies – specialty paint stores. We are talking pennies – but do yourself a big favor: Get a quality dripless roller (3/8” nap works well for most walls). Yes, dripless is good. But even more importantly, these rollers allow you to roll on the paint with more “body”. Simply put: Quality rollers are the first step to a quality paint job.
#2 Secret: VOC free paint – even low VOC paint still significantly affects your body. I recently painted a room with low VOC paint, thinking it was good enough… immediately I got myself a big headache. Our bodies are being pounded by environmental factors – give your body and the planet a break and work ONLY with VOC free paint…again, only pennies more.
#3 Secret: The right quality primer to cover different paints – Benjamin Moore makes great paint, AND they offer a selection of primers for different applications.
For example: Their 046 primer allows you to paint over previously used oil paints with water based paints!
This is HUGE – who ever thought you could switch to water-based products. In the past, painters would tell you, once you select oil-based paint you have to stay with just that… oil based paints. Not so any longer! A true breakthrough!