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The Ultimate Painting Quiz
by Staff
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.

About how many square feet does a gallon of paint cover?

  • 100-150
  • 150-200
  • 200-250
  • 250-300
  • 300-350

For an exterior house paint job, what's the rule of thumb for amounts of trim paint to wall paint?

  • 1 gallon of trim to 2 gallons of wall paint
  • 1 gallon of trim to 4 gallons of wall paint
  • 1 gallon of trim to 6 gallons of wall paint

You're painting your bedroom and notice that the paint is drying into little islands. What's the pros' nickname for this problem?

  • turtling
  • crocodiling
  • alligatoring

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?

  • true
  • false

What's the best type of paintbrush for putting acrylic paint in an interior room?

  • natural
  • polyester
  • nylon
  • rayon

What's the best type of brush for outdoor use?

  • natural
  • polyester
  • nylon
  • rayon

What's the best brush to use with oil paints?

  • natural
  • polyester
  • nylon
  • rayon

What's the best size roller for painting walls and ceilings?

  • 5-inch
  • 7-inch
  • 9-inch
  • 11-inch

What should the nap be on your 9-inch roller for that wall-and-ceiling job?

  • quarter-inch
  • quarter- to half-inch
  • half-inch to three-quarter inch

For what kind of surface would you need an inch-thick nap?

  • stucco
  • concrete
  • natural wood

What's the most versatile kind of paint sprayer?

  • piston pump
  • diaphragm pump

What's the most environmentally friendly kind of drop cloth?

  • canvas
  • paper
  • plastic

What's cheaper -- oil- or water-based primer?

  • oil
  • water

What's the most effective way to prep smoke-damaged walls?

  • latex primer
  • shellac primer
  • oil primer
  • acrylic sealant
  • masonry sealer

About how many known toxins are lurking in a typical container of household paint?

  • 50
  • 100
  • 150
  • 300
  • 500

What percentage of these toxins have been linked to cancer?

  • 30 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 80 percent

VOC levels are dangerous for a few days post-painting, but after that, your indoor air will be totally safe. True or false?

  • true
  • false

If there's dried paint all over your door hardware, stick the parts in a pot of water and this kind of cleaner.

  • trisodium phosphate
  • turpentine
  • bisodium carbonate
  • mineral spirits

If you need to remove old paint that's been there since before ______, you should take precautions against lead exposure.

  • the 1950s
  • the '60s
  • the '70s
  • the '80s

If you're looking to spruce up your kitchen but don't want to spring for new countertops, you can just paint them. True or false?

  • true
  • false