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Any rusty areas must be primed with a metal or all-purpose primer first.When this is dry, the finishing paint may then be applied.

A light sand with a fine grade of sandpaper between coats of paint will provide the best finish. Pure bristle brushes for solvent based paint (like gloss) and synthetic bristle brushes for water based paint (like emulsion).

If painting the whole room, start with the ceiling first, then the walls and then doors, windows and skirting.

Before starting work, try to remove as much furniture from the room as possible.

Anything that is left should be covered with dust sheets to protect from overspray, drips and dust. Holes should be filled and all surfaces sanded and cleaned down.

A room should be well ventilated when you are painting.

Have windows open to provide a good flow of fresh air.

Acrylic paint is easy to mix and fast drying making it the ideal painting medium for beginners, students and artists alike.

Choose from over 300 acrylic paints from top art brands Sennelier Abstract Acrylic, Daler Rowney System 3 and Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic.

Oil-based paints are good for around 15 years, while latex paints last up to 10 years; however, after a paint can is opened, the paint is only usable for two to four years.

Continue Reading There are numerous factors that shorten the amount of time paint is usable after it is opened.

If you are finishing with eggshell or satin on wood, simply apply two coats of the chosen finish.

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