Every painter would like to paint fast and neatly.
However, painting is a challenging task. Auspiciously,
there are many painting tips, tricks, ideas, shortcuts
and secrets that can help you paint efficiently without
looking for painting service. Below are 6 ways you can
paint like an expert:
1. Prepare the surface
If you want to come up with a good paint job, you should
start by preparing the surface that is to be painted.
This involves scraping, sanding, patching and filling
every hole, dent, crack and surface imperfection.
Although this is not an enjoyable part of the painting
process, it is the vital part. No paint, in spite of its
price, thickness, color, or manufacturer's claims, can
conceal a tarnished or cracked surface. You should also
remove all the furniture in the room that you want to
paint or if the furniture is not movable, cover it using
2. Tint the Primer
To obtain expert-looking results, you should prime the
walls or ceilings that you want to paint whether they
are new drywall, raw wood or previously painted walls.
There are reasons for priming:
• It obstructs stains and resinous ties from flowing
• It provides single-coat layer for the cover topcoat
• It enhances adhesion that greatly minimizes blisters
and lengthens the years of the topcoat.
To improve the topcoat's coverage further, you should
tint the primer to the finished color through mixing a
small quantity of topcoat paint in the primer. You
should make sure that the primer and topcoat are of
similar solutions before mixing them. This can greatly
enhance the capacity of the topcoat to conceal the
prepped surface wholly.
3. Buy canvas
Expert painters often use canvas drop rags rather than
plastic drop rags to protect the flooring from paint
spatters. This is because canvas drop cloths are
long-lasting, as well as rip- and puncture-resistant.
They present low risk of tripping as they lay flat
making it safe to walk from corner to corner. Moreover,
canvas absorbs paint drips whereas plastic drop cloths
become greasy when splashed with wet paint. Your shoes
cannot collect paint from canvas. Furthermore, canvas
droop cloths may without problems be folded in the
region of corners and doorways whereas it is hard to
achieve this with plastic sheeting. The other benefit of
canvas is that they may be reused numerous times.
4. Extension pole
You should use extension pole rather than ladder to roll
when painting rooms. There are several sizes of
extension poles ranging from 18 in to 36 in. There are
even extra long extension poles which telescope up to
around 18 ft that can used to paint cathedral ceilings
as well as loft spaces.
You should ensure the paint-roller handle include a
threaded hole into its end so as to be able to fix it
with the extension pole. You should buy an extension
pole that has elastic, nonslip rubber grip as well as a
firm metal core. Moreover, the extension pole's threaded
end should be metallic as plastic handles are very
elastic; making them difficult to control, plus the
plastic gets weary over time and may snap under
pressure. Furthermore, ensure the telescoping shaft fits
firmly in place and doesn't break when forced.
5. Use a paint grid
You should use a paint grid to roll paint straight from
the paint bucket rather than using paint trays. This is
because paint trays can hold small quantity of paint, is
difficult to carry it from one point to another and the
paint can easily spill. To make it worse, a paint tray
is placed on the floor and hence, it is easy to kick or
step on it. On the other hand, paint grid is hooked on
the rim of the bucket and you will just need to drop the
grid in the bucket and close it at the end of the day.
6. Overnight storage
If at the end of the day you have not finished painting
and have to continue the following day, you should roll
off the extra paint in the paintbrushes as well as the
paint-roller sleeves and then closely wrap them up in
plastic food cover. After that, put the wrapped roller
sleeves and brushes in the refrigerator so as they can
remain fresh. This will prevent the paint from getting
dry overnight and making your tools unusable. The
following day, just remove the equipments from the
fridge half an hour before painting time. Appropriately
wrapped paint roller sleeves and brushes may be stored
this way for a number of days if you're dealing with a
truly ambitious job.