Is it time to paint your house or apartment again? Some people enjoy the experience and decide to do it themselves. Others prefer to let the professionals handle it. If you happen to be one of those that belong to the first category, there are definitely ways of making your painting project go as smoothly as possible.
In fact, it may even look like the interior painting was done by a professional! So let’s take a look at some tips on how you can do a professional job and also how to make your brushes last longer.
1. Colour Consistency
Before you start painting, try and estimate how much paint you will need, not necessarily for the whole house, but for the task at hand. Even paint colour could vary even though it is the same thing, from can to can. If you had to open a new can midway, there could be a noticeable difference. Make a rough estimate and mix it in a large bucket to avoid this problem. It is always better to guess more than less. If there is extra paint left, you can pour it back.
2. Trims, Ceilings & Walls
When you are painting a room, paint the trim first followed by the ceiling and then the walls, in that order. It is easier and more sensible this way. Taping off the trim is faster and easier then the walls. Don’t worry about being careful and neat when painting the trim; the most important thing is to get a smooth finish.
Some paint will likely get on the wall but this will be taken care of when you paint the wall. Let the trim dry for a day, use an easy release painter’s tape to tape the trim and then you can paint the ceiling, followed by the walls.
3. Clean Dirty Areas
If you have places where the surface is dirty, you really should clean that off first. This allows the paint to form a strong bond. By not cleaning such areas, paint can peel or chip off. There are special pre-paint cleaners you can buy from a paint store. Use gloves and eye protection though.
4. A Tip For Painting Edges
When painting near the trim and other corners, using just a brush can cause it to look different. To give it that consistent look, brush these areas first, but before it dries, roll it out immediately.
5. Avoiding Lap Marks
Lap marks are unsightly and with a little care, can be avoided. When painting, it’s important to maintain a wet edge. You do this by overlapping the previous stroke with your roller. Do this before the paint begins to dry.
6. Cleaning Brushes
Wipe away as much paint from the brush, then run warm water and rub the brush on the bottom of the sink. Hold the bristles under the tap and squeeze and let go a few times. Put some liquid soap in your palm and use the brush on it (on your hand). Rinse out the soap and then run a stiff brush along the bristles. The last part is to place the brush back into the cardboard sleeve the brush came with.
Follow these tips and your paint job will look professional. Look after your tools as well. That way, when you need it next, they will perform as they should and your efforts will remain professional.