Consumer Reports: How to paint a wall

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If you've ever painted a room, chances are you've made a mistake or two along the way. Consumer Reports' paint expert, Rico DePaz, said you can avoid common blunders with a few simple tips. (WLS)

If you've ever painted a room, chances are you've made a mistake or two along the way. Consumer Reports' paint expert, Rico DePaz, said you can avoid common blunders with a few simple tips.

You can cut in with a brush like the pros. But Consumer Reports said if you're a novice, a $3 edger is a good tool to try.

To avoid drips, use the roller to apply paint instead of dipping the edger. When it's time to cover the walls Rico said to remember the four S's.

"You saturate the roller. Then you smear the paint on the wall, you spread it out and then finally you just smooth it over to get a nice finish," DePaz said.

A common mistake is to not get enough paint on the roller.

"You should saturate the roller to the point where the paint's almost dripping off. If you don't do that, you're going to have to put on a second coat," DePaz said.

Next, in a 2x2 section, smear the paint on the wall in an X,V or W pattern. After that, you can spread the paint to cover the entire area.

Then you'll want to smooth the roller from top to bottom. Continue until you've got all the wall covered.

To save time and money, use a paint and primer in one, like the recommended Behr Premium Plus Ultra.

You can find the Behr paint at Home Depot for about $36 a can. If you're a Lowes shopper, Valspar Reserve for about $44 a gallon performed very well in Consumer Reports tests.

Remember, if you like a color from another brand you can match either of these recommendations to any color you like. All you need is a sample.

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