Here are some simple tips to help make your next painting project a little easier.
As well as helping you get through your next paint job as quickly as possible, these simple tips will also help you get a finish a professional would be proud of.
Always use quality equipment
This is the biggest tip you can get as a painter. Buy only the best quality brushes and rollers you can afford. Good quality brushes will give you better coverage and leave less brush marks. Using cheap equipment is more likely to drop bristles and fibres. You have to spend time picking them out and going over the job again. Better quality brushes also last a lot longer, saving you money in the long run. If you care for your equipment properly you can expect it to last for years.
Do you want clean, straight lines between walls and trim and to prevent paint getting on the glass of a window? Always use masking tape. You can find specialised painter’s tape which is not as sticky as regular masking tape and will pull off without taking your freshly painted job with it.
Wrap it up
When you take a break or change to a different task, wrap your brush or roller in cling wrap. This will save time washing them. The trick is to load the brush or roller with paint first. This will ensure the air can’t get in, which will dry out the paint.
Sand between coats
Always sand between coats. This will help get a super smooth finish on your doors, windows, and timber trim. Give them each a light sand before applying the next coat. When you undercoat it raises the grain on raw timber and sanding will smooth this off and flatten out any brush strokes. When using gloss paint, sanding after the first finishing coat will reduce the shine and help the final coat bind.
A little paint is better than a lot
Don’t make the mistake of thinking the more paint you can get onto a brush or roller, the better. Overloading a brush or roller will generally result in more drips and runs in the paint. The more paint you use the longer it takes to try and even out. Too much paint on your brush or roller also makes doing the job a lot messier. Paint tends to fly off the brush or roller while you work. The paint gets further up the bristles and makes it harder to remove and makes the clean-up process longer.
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