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#1) Wait for dry weather.
Humidity means drips and slow drying, so avoid painting on a rainy day. If you must paint when it’s humid, take your time — and take advantage of slow-drying paint to correct your errors before moving on to the next coat. 

#2 Remove light switch and outlet covers. 

If you’re impatient, you’ll be tempted to skip this five-minute step, but don’t.

#3 Protect anything you don’t want to be painted. 

You will never regret the time you spend covering floors, furniture, and hardware before you begin a paint project. Drop cloths are a must, trash bags and small plastic sandwich bags secured with tape are an easy way to protect doorknobs and other items.

Painter Covered Painter's Tape

Primer

Use primer. 
Paint-and-primer combinations are fine if you already have a clean, smooth surface, but if there are any issues with the wall or it’s been more than eight years since you last painted, bite the bullet and go with a separate primer. 
If you need to cover an especially challenging surface (say, glass or high-gloss paint), use a bonding primer such as Benjamin Moore’s Insl-x Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer or KILZ Adhesion Interior & Exterior Bonding Primer.


Box your paint.
Get your salesperson to help you with a realistic estimate of how much paint you’ll really need so that you can buy it all at once. Then, instead of using one gallon at a time, combine all the paint into one large container and mix it thoroughly. This is known as “boxing” your paint, and it keeps your color consistent from beginning to end.

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