If you’re looking for ways to complete those painting tasks you have to do faster and with smoother results, check out these 10 great painting tips and techniques.
Mix Paints in Larger Containers
Paint colors can one can to another, even if they are the exact same product. By mixing paints before you get started, you avoid this issue completely. Try to estimate how much paint you need and mix it together in a big container.
Pain Trims First
There’s a certain order that professional painters follow when they start to paint a room. Start with the trim, then the ceiling and then move onto the walls. It’s quicker and easier to tape trims off than it is walls.
Clean Surfaces to Allow Paint to have a Stronger Bond
Paint will easily peel off or chip away if you paint it onto oily, dirty surfaces. So, give surfaces a clean before painting.
Use Cotton Instead of Plastic for Coverings
Spills happen, no matter how cautious you are to avoid them. Prepare for them by using fabric drops instead of plastic ones. Fabric will stay in place, while plastic will be more slippery to walk on and needs to be taped.
Texture and Prime Wall Patches
To prevent there being a blotchy finish, you need to prime patches so the paint won’t look dull or sink in. Match the texture using a roller, being sure to feather out on the edges.
Sand Between Trim Coats
In order to make trims look perfect, you need to apply more than one coat. You need to make sure you sand between coats though to ensure you get a smoother finish.
Allow Paint to Dry Then Cut the Tape for Smooth Edges
Don’t just pull at the paint around the trims. There is a bond that forms between the tap and the wall and when you remove the tape you take some of the paint with it. You need to cut it loose first, breaking the bond.
Roll the Paint on Edges for Improved Consistency
The areas and corners next to trims that the paint is only applied on using a brush tend to have a different texture to other areas. To improve the consistency, brush the paint on then roll it so that it matches the other rolled areas.
Keep the Edge Wet and Roll the Full Wall Height
You will want to avoid making lap marks, those ghastly stripes that are a result of uneven paint layers. They happen when you pain on parts that are already a little dry. To keep your edge wet, begin close to a corner of the room and run your roller up the full wall height, moving over each time ever so slightly.
Feather it Out When You Can’t Keep Wet Edges
It’s hard to cover extra high walls, stairwells, and ceilings in continuous single strokes. So, to prevent lap marks or reduce them at least you need to feather the paint out along edges that won’t stay wet. Feathered out, thinner paint coats will stop buildups from creating lap marks.
If you want to ensure your paintwork is to the highest standard, you should consider using reputable home painting contractors.