Whether you are a seasoned pro with a paintbrush and are just looking to improve your skills further or are a rank amateur who doesn’t feel too confident with paint, we are here to help. In the following post, we will cover our 10 favorite painting tips that will ensure every job you take on is completed to a high standard.
1. Sanding Trims Between Applying Coats
It is likely that more than one coat will be required to hide the previous color or finish on your trims. So, you are going to need to apply more than one. Furthermore, to ensure all coats go on smoothly, you should sand the trims between each coat. You get better coverage using a sponge rather than paper.
2. Feather When You Can’t Maintain a Wet Edge
It’s impossible to paint even coats of paint with continuous strokes tackling large areas. Therefore, it’s better to reduce the lap marks by feathering out paint on the edges that don’t stay wet.
3. Use Cotton Instead of Plastic to Catch Drops
It doesn’t matter how careful and cautious you are, spills, splats and drops will happen. Plastic drop cloths are often favored by many, though these are slippery and don’t stay in place without tape to secure them. That’s why it’s much more effective and efficient to use cotton drop cloths.
4. Use Roller to Paint Edges to Get a Consistent Texture
When applying paint to corners and areas flush with your trimmings, there’s always a different texture and appearance to these parts compared to the areas you rolled. Use a roller to even the paint out after applying it with a brush.
5. Always Clean and dry Before Painting
Oily, dirty and grimy surfaces will only cause paint to peel and chip off easily, if you paint directly onto them. that’s why you should always clean surfaces thoroughly and allow them time to dry before painting.
6. Eliminate Flashing Using Primer on Filled-in Cracks
There is always a difference between the smooth parts of walls and the parts that are smooth because you’ve used filler to repair them. This is known as flashing and can be avoided by applying some primer after you’ve filled the holes and cracks.
7. Follow the Right Order
House painting contractors follow a specific order when painting rooms. The start with the trim first, then ceiling then walls. This is the best approach because it is quicker and easier to tape off trims than walls.
8. Cut Tape Loose After Paint Dries
When you use tape around the trims, you may find that peeling it off tears some of that painstakingly applied paint you just applied. This is because the paint creates a bond between the tape and wall. So, it’s important to use a knife to cut the tape loose, then pull.
9. Mix Several Cans of Paint for Larger Rooms
Paint can vary in color between cans, even of the same hue. So, when you start a new can halfway round a room, you may notice a difference in color. You can avoid this by mixing an approximate amount of paint into a larger container so that it is the same from the first stroke to the last roll.
10. Roll the Full Height of The Wall
Lap marks make otherwise great jobs look unattractive and unprofessional. You can avoid this by ensuring your roller has a wet edge. This can be done by rolling up and down the full height of the wall, moving a little more to the side with each stroke.