Episode 1- "Will You Marry me?"

Meet Jeff and Christine, a young couple that have just bought their first home and are starting their life together!

Join Jeff and Christine as they embark on a home improvement adventure starting with Jeff surprising Christine with a SPECIAL question!

Please tune in every few weeks for new installments of this informative how-to series that takes you through the adventures of selecting a colour, preparing a wall and then painting the wall!! This is an excellent series for beginner painting as well as experienced painters looking for new tips!

We hope you enjoy the first episode in this great series and STAY TUNED for more!

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Episode 2- "Picking a Paint Colour"

Our second installment of “Jeff & Christine Learn to Paint” focuses on Picking a Paint colour!

This episode joins the couple after Christine has said YES to Jeff’s amazing proposal and now it is time to get down to business……painting business that is!

What is the FIRST thing you need to do before you paint? That’s right, pick the PERFECT colour!

The couple is greeted by General Paint’s friendly employee Carla and their colour adventure begins!

Meet General Paint’s Colour centre with its vast amount of colour options, colour cards and lifestyle cards to choose from to assist you in making the right colour decision! Some couples like Jeff & Christine have different ideas about what the perfect colour is, but that’s OK!  Susan Nikula the esteemed colour consultant comes to the rescue!

We hope you enjoy the second episode in this great series and STAY TUNED for the next episode on colour consulting!

Happy Painting!




Episode 3- "Colour Consultation"

This episode joins Jeff & Christine as they meet with Susan Nikula for their Colour Consultation! Watch to find out what colours they pick!

What is a colour consultation you ask? A colour consultation is a great service! A colour consultant will come to your home and help you choose the right colours to accentuate the functionality of a space and create the right mood! These consultants use their knowledge, expertise and guidance to help prevent costly mistakes! They will save you countless hours of looking through hundreds of colour chips by bringing them to your home and making educated suggestions! They will help you define and enhance your own distinctive style!

General Paint is pleased to partner with The Canadian Redesigner’s Association to bring you the top colour consultants in Canada! Their consultants are very well trained in colour theory, recognizing undertone and having the skills to develop solutions to enhance your whole home beautifully.

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Episode 4 - "Choosing the Right Paint Tools"

This episode joins Jeff & Christine back at the General Paint store where they show General Paint’s helpful employee their colour choices that Susan Nikula the colour consultant helped them pick out!

They picked: Newbury CLC 1228W, Straw Hat CLC 1227A & Hipster CLC 1226D. Helpful General Paint employee Carla then shows the couple all the tools needed to correctly and safely paint a wall!




You will need:

  • Drop Cloth: When buying a drop cloth, always go for a canvas one, it is easy on the environment and it will save you money because you can use it for a life time of projects!
  • Paint:  You should use a water based (acrylic) because of its easy clean up (water), ease on the environment and low odour!
  • Whizz roller kit: This handy little kit has a little tray and roller for smaller jobs like spot priming!
  • Enviro-TSP, bucket, plastic gloves & sponges: This type of TSP doesn’t need to be rinsed off and is easy on the environment!
  • Frog Tape: Great for water based paint because when it gets wet, it seals and prevents excess bleeding!
  • Primer: Primers are designed to provide a solid foundation for a finish coat and to prevent porous surfaces like patching compound from absorbing the finish coat unevenly. An unsealed surface absorbs paint irregularly and results in “flashing”.
  • Drydex Putty & 2” Putty Knife:  This filling agent starts off pink and dries to a nice white so you know when it is time to sand!
  • Paint Pal Bucket
  • 120 grit Sandpaper:
  • 2 ½ Angled Brush: Great for “cutting in” in those places a roller can’t get to!
  • Roller trays and liners
  • Roller sleeves & cagses
  • Extension Pole
  • Stepladder
  • Spinner: To clean brushes/rollers

Stay tuned for the next episode on Wall Preparation!


Episode 5 - "Wall Preparation before Painting"

This episode joins Jeff & Christine at their new house where they are getting ready to paint their wall! For the best results, you need to prepare the wall first!



Preparing the wall:


  • Floor covering – It is best to use a canvas drop cloth as it is eco-friendly and will last a lifetime of projects!
  • Remove all outlet covers from your wall!
  • Wash the wall with TSP (trisodium phosphate) – removes all dirt and dust from the wall! Use an eco-friendly TSP, it is nice to the environment and doesn’t need to be rinsed off!
  • Filling holes – the most common holes are from push pins or hanging pictures,
    • Remove any high spots, loose paint or rough edges around the hole with a sanding block or with a 120 grit piece of sand paper
    • Add a small amount of filling compound (Use DAP Drydex, it goes on pink and dries to a nice white so you know when it is ready to sand!) to a 2” putty knife. Apply pressure to the putty knife, forcing the compound into the small hole.
    • Allow the compound to dry.
    • When the compound is dry, sand area of any rough edges and apply more if needed.
  • Taping: Tape the edges of the wall as well as around outlets – use Frog Tape, it is used with water based products and once it gets wet, it seals witch means less bleeding!
Now your wall is ready for priming and painting! Tune in on June 1 for an episode on Prime, Paint & Finish!


Episode 6 - "About Paint, Primer + Finish"

This episode joins Jeff & Christine after they have completed prepping the wall and now they are ready to paint!
But first….they must prime! What is primer you ask?


Primers are designed to provide a solid foundation for the finish coat and to prevent porous surfaces like patching compound from absorbing the finish coat unevenly. An unsealed surface absorbs paint irregularly and results in “flashing”.

The couple chooses a quart of General Paint’s Baseline Sealer High High Latex!  This primer is designed for drywall, has amazing sealing properties, sands easy and contains low VOC. Now, finally it is time to paint!

Carla, General Paint’s friendly employee explains three types of paint to the couple:

Private Estate: 
-For hallways, living and dining rooms
-Exceeds any North American Paint
-Non-spatter & Quick Dry
-Made in Canada
-Comes in Flat, Eggshell and Semi-gloss

-Fast drying, high performance
-Ideal for occupied buildings (low odour)
-Zero VOC technology
-Excellent hide and washability 
-Comes in flat, eggshell and semi-gloss

Breeze Interior:
-Premium quality
-Easy to apply
-Spatter resistant
-Comes in flat, eggshell and semi-gloss

The couple decides to buy Breeze Interior for its great washability and fantastic value!

Stay tuned for the next episode: “Choosing the right brush & roller!“


Episode 7 - "Choosing the Right Brush + Roller"

This episode joins Jeff & Christine after they have learned all about paint and primer. Now on to painting ...almost, they must still choose the right painting tools for the job!

A very important step when painting is choosing the right brush and roller for the job and it will greatly affect the end result.

When “cutting in” (painting wall edges and around window frames & outlets), for the best result, you should use an angled brush between 2 and 2 ½ inches long. Since the couple is using latex paint, use a polyester brush to ensure the job gets done right!

You will need more than a brush for those wide open spaces. Paint rollers come in a variety of sizes and roll covers come in different textures and materials. To choose the right roller you need to consider the size of the wall and what kind of surface you are painting. 

Jeff & Christine picked a lint-free roller: Good quality and it does not leave lint on the wall or the paint, with a 10mm semi-smooth roller cover.  

Extension Pole:
- Ideal when painting a larger area
- Safer than using a ladder, more balances, no up and down
- Helps with back pain

The most popular size of an extension pole is a 2-4 ft and will work for most interior projects.


Episode 8 - "Painting Techniques"

This episode joins Jeff & Christine after they have picked out the right brush and roller for their project  in the previous episode and now ready to get down to painting! Let us explain the techniques of cutting in and other important brushing and rolling techniques.


Cutting in:
Before you begin painting walls, you will need to paint the edges of the walls using a technique called “cutting in”. Cutting in means that you use a paint brush to paint areas that are too tight for rollers (such as at the ceiling line, corners, and along baseboards and trim). Loading your brush and applying paint the proper way will prevent drips and spatter, save your brushes, and produce great-looking results.

You will need:

2 ½ angled brush
Paint pal bucket
Small ladder or step ladder


Pour paint into your paint pal bucket.

                    painting techniques

  • Hold your brush using a pencil grip.
  • A pencil grip provides extra control and prevents muscle fatigue. Cradle the brush handle between the thumb and index finger. Place your index finger on the narrow edge of the brush, your thumb on one side, and the rest of your fingers on the other side of the brush’s metal band.

                painting techniques

  • Dip your brush bristles straight down into the paint.
  • Cover just the first third of the bristles.
  • Tap off excess paint.
  • Paint a downward stroke up to 12 inches long in the corner or use the horizontal stroke along the ceiling or baseboard.
  • Turn the brush so that the narrow edge is up to paint your downward stroke up to 12 inches long in the corner.
  • For long expanses along the ceiling or baseboard, use a horizontal stroke with the narrow edge of the brush.

                     painting techniques

  • Erase brush strokes
  • With the wide edge of your brush up, gently sweep the brush back over the paint area
  • Repeat steps 2-5 as needed

Working from wet areas to dry, gently overlap the section to avoid marks until the edges are complete.

  • Applying too much pressure will make the paint ooze from the brush and create drips. Use a light touch.
When the cutting-in is complete (all edges and baseboards), they stand back to see the finished product. Now on to rolling the whole area.

What you will need:

Roller Sleeve
Roller cage
Stir Sticks
Paint tray/liners
Extension pole

  • Prep your materials
  • Put your roller sleeve on the roller cage
  • Put plastic liner into paint tray
  • Before you pour your paint, stir the paint thoroughly. Pour the paint into tray’s well. Do not fill completely. (approximately 1 ½ - 2 inches)

             painting techniques

  • Attach extension pole to handle of roller and roll the roller down the paint tray.
  • Roll down the slope of the tray into the paint well. Properly loading the roller cuts down on spatter and drips and improves coverage.

             painting techniques

  • Distribute the paint on the roller evenly.
  • Lift the roller out of well and place it at the top of the tray. Roll it back down the tray but not into the well, this removes excess paint. Repeat this process until roller is evenly loaded.
  • With extension in place hold the roller properly to improve your control.
  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your roller directly in front of you for control. When using an extension pole, place your dominant hand toward the bottom for control and your non-dominant hand at the middle position for leverage and pressure.

                     painting techniques

  • Use the “W” or “X” technique to spread the paint. Roll with light pressure at first then increase the pressure as you paint. Spread out the paint by rolling in light vertical or horizontal strokes. Finish with continuous vertical strokes from floor to ceiling.


Episode 9 - "Clean up + Disposing of Paint"

This episode joins Jeff & Christine after they have finished painting their painting project. The two are tuckered out, but there is a lot more work to be done! They know they must now clean up their project safely and properly!


Cleaning Brushes:

You will need:

  • Water
  • Soap
  • Spinner
  • Empty Bucket

Upon completion of your project, clean your brushes immediately in the solvent recommended on the paint label. Then wash in hot soapy water, followed with a final rinse in the clean water.

Using a spinner
If you have not used a spinner before, it’s an amazing tool! Ask your local General Paint employee to point you in their direction and you won’t be sorry! It makes cleaning brushes and rollers a breeze!

How to use a spinner

  • Attach brush
  • Pump spinner in an empty bucket; this will cause the brush to spin quickly, getting rid of excess paint & water. (Use the spinner to dry the brush as well)
  • Finally, pull the bristles back into shape gently with your fingers and hang to dry.

Cleaning Paint Rollers:

  • Place roller on the edge of a paint can.
  • Scrape the paint off the roller sleeve with a 2” putty knife
  • Turn the roller slightly each time you scrape
  • Wash off remaining paint with water
  • Allow the roller to air dry

Unused Paint
If you have left over paint, keep it in its original container and ensure the lid is tightly sealed. Store your left over paint in a cool, dry environment. Do not freeze the paint as this will cause the paint to separate.

Disposing of Unused Paint
Depending on your municipality, you will have different ways of disposing of paint. Please contact your local municipality to see where you Extended Producer Responsibility and Stewardship programs are to safely manage and recycle paint products.

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