Each painter has slightly different preferences and methods they find successful, but the pros are all aware of the top tips and secrets of the trades. Painting can be a very extensive process that requires a lot of your time for planning and executing the best techniques. Here are 10 tips for painting that will help you achieve the painting success to create the look you have been envisioning.
1. Do the prep
Bypassing this step will likely leave you with regret and feeling very dissatisfied when your project is completed. Make sure you clean any dirty surfaces with soap and water, then wipe dry. Any cracks in the wall, flaking paint, or dents need to be fully addressed and taken care of before you start to prime or paint. Sand down any rough areas and wipe off the residue. If any holes were filled, ensure plenty of time for the plaster to dry and be retextured before moving on. This step is time consuming but is well worth it.
2. Purchase only high-quality supplies
It can be very tempting to cut corners on supplies such as rollers, brushes, and tape. But, if you know the benefits of using quality paint, it doesn’t make sense to go cheap on the application. Good rollers and brushes give excellent coverage and will save you time and having to re-apply more paint. When it comes to sealing out paint drips and blurs, high-end paint is well worth the few extra dollars you will spend.
3. Be aware of your nap
Knowing how to choose the right paint roller can save you time and energy. The more texture your walls have, the thicker the nap you’ll want on your roller cover so it can reach into the crevices and give better coverage. If you go too thick, the roller can create texture in unwanted areas. Be careful to purchase the thickness of roller that will work best for your walls.
4. Cover up!
Professional painters know that drop cloths are every bit as important to a painting job as brushes and rollers. Canvas drop cloths are preferred over plastic or paper cloths. They are durable and thick enough to absorb paint drips and even splatters. They are virtually indestructible. Wash them out as soon as your project is complete and they will last for years to come.
Sandwich bags are a super cheap and simple way to protect your doorknobs and handles from unwanted paint left by rollers and brushes. Toss in the trash for the easiest clean-up ever.
5. Remove outlet and light switch covers
This is a very simple step but makes painting so much more convenient when done beforehand. If you are impatient you may be tempted to skip this step which will leave you flustered once your painting is well underway. All you need is a flat head screwdriver and the job is done in around 5 minutes. Just remember not to put the covers back on until your paint has had plenty of time to dry.
6. To prime or not to prime?
The use of primer is not always necessary. But, if it has been several years since the wall was last painted or there are any other issues with the wall, consider a primer. A combination paint-primer will work fine in most cases unless your wall is in really bad shape or you are painting over a dark color. These circumstances call for applying a separate primer and then paint.
7. Determine how much paint you will need
You can accurately determine how much paint you’ll need for your project by measuring the square footage of your walls. One gallon of paint covers roughly 300-400 square feet. That’s enough to cover one of your small rooms such as a bathroom. However, some paint formulas and wall textures may require more specific amounts. The more texture to your walls, the more paint you’ll need.
8. Combine and premix
Once you’ve purchased your paint, combine all of it into one container instead of opening and using only one gallon at a time. Make sure you mix the paint thoroughly. This process is known as “boxing” your paint and will keep your color consistent from beginning to end.
9. Paint from top to bottom.
Amateur painters often leave behind noticeable drips at the end of a paint job. Experienced painters cover right over their mistakes as they work their way down the wall. So, after you’ve cut in and painted your edges at the baseboards and ceilings with a brush, start using your roller from the ceiling down.
10. Expect touch-ups
Once you’ve finished painting your walls, you might be under the impression that you have completed your project. However, you would probably be wrong. Accidents will happen, especially if there are children in your home and you will want to be prepared. Make sure to save any extra paint and seal it up tightly so when your beautiful walls are scratched or dented, it will be a simple fix.
If you follow these steps, your next painting project is bound to be a success and you will be able to sit back and enjoy the beautiful space you have created.
We at PaintRite Pros are located in the Sacramento area and would be more than happy to answer any painting questions you may have. If you decide the job is too difficult for you then contact us for a free quote.