Painting is one of those household tasks that can be tempting to rush. But if you're painting your brown den an airy light blue and think you can get away with using the old roller you used for the outside of the house -- or if you want to skip the primer -- you might want to think again. And what about those VOC fumes you keep hearing about? What kinds of paints have those? Take this quiz and find out for yourself.
Question 1 of 20
About how many square feet does a gallon of paint cover?
Question 2 of 20
For an exterior house paint job, what's the rule of thumb for amounts of trim paint to wall paint?
Question 3 of 20
You're painting your bedroom and notice that the paint is drying into little islands. What's the pros' nickname for this problem?
Question 4 of 20
When you're looking for a new paintbrush, you should select one that has exactly even bristles -- or as close as you can get. True or false?
Question 5 of 20
What's the best type of paintbrush for putting acrylic paint in an interior room?
Question 6 of 20
What's the best type of brush for outdoor use?
Question 7 of 20
What's the best brush to use with oil paints?
Question 8 of 20
What's the best size roller for painting walls and ceilings?
Question 9 of 20
What should the nap be on your 9-inch roller for that wall-and-ceiling job?
Question 10 of 20
For what kind of surface would you need an inch-thick nap?
Question 11 of 20
What's the most versatile kind of paint sprayer?
Question 12 of 20
What's the most environmentally friendly kind of drop cloth?
Question 13 of 20
What's cheaper -- oil- or water-based primer?
Question 14 of 20
What's the most effective way to prep smoke-damaged walls?
Question 15 of 20
About how many known toxins are lurking in a typical container of household paint?
Question 16 of 20
What percentage of these toxins have been linked to cancer?
Question 17 of 20
VOC levels are dangerous for a few days post-painting, but after that, your indoor air will be totally safe. True or false?
Question 18 of 20
If there's dried paint all over your door hardware, stick the parts in a pot of water and this kind of cleaner.
Question 19 of 20
If you need to remove old paint that's been there since before ______, you should take precautions against lead exposure.
Question 20 of 20