10 Tips for a Perfect Paint Job

Oct 5, 2014 | Building Tips

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10 Tips for a Perfect Paint Job. Professional painters share their secrets for producing a great-looking interior paint job.

10 Tips for a Perfect Paint Job.

Want the secret to producing a great looking interior paint job? Check out these 10 tips from professional painters below to help give you the perfect paint job.

1. Roll paint along the edges for consistent texture.

To ensure corners and areas next to trim are kept consistent in texture, brush on the paint, then immediately roll it out before the paint dries. Roll as close as you can without bumping the opposite wall or slopping paint onto the trim.

2. Prime and texture wall patches to avoid a blotchy appearance.

Freshly finished painted walls can look blotchy, where the colour is uniform but the sheen isn’t consistent. This occurs over holes and cracks you patched with a filler or drywall compound. A quick coat of primer is all it takes to eliminate flashing and texture differences. Primer seals the patch so paint won’t sink in and look dull.

3. Cut the tape before pulling it.

Let the paint dry, then cut the tape loose for a perfect edge. Use a sharp utility knife or box cutter knife to slice through the film. As you cut, pull up the tape at a 45- degree angle.

4. To avoid lap marks, roll the full height of the wall.

Run the roller up the full eight of the wall to keep a wet edge and avoid lap marks. Lap marks are ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup, and occur w hen you roll over paint that’s already partly dry. The key to avoiding this is to maintain a ‘wet edge’ where each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint begins to dry.

5. Feather out the paint where you can’t keep a wet edge.

You can’t cover large areas in single, continuous strokes, so minimise lap marks on these large areas by featuring out the paint along the edges that you can’t keep wet. To paint a large lap-mark free section, roll the nearly dry roller in different directions along the dry edge, feathering out the paint as you go. For the second coat, apply the paint in the opposite direction.

6. Use cotton drop clothes rather than plastic. 

Prepare for spills and splatters with canvas drop cloths in your work area. The thick canvas stays in place, so you don’t need to tape it. Plastic drop cloths are slippery to walk on or set a ladder on and don’t stay in place. For vinyl, tile and hardwood floors, use rosin paper to provide a nonslip surface. Always clean spills with paper towels or cloth rags and wipe up immediately.

7. Sand trim between coats for an extra smooth finish.

If you don’t sand the surface smooth between coats, the finish may have a grainy texture. For a smoother finish, sand the trim before applying each coat of paint with a sanding sponge which conforms to curves nicely.

8. Mix cans of paint for consistent colour.

Mix paint from several cans to assure even colour on your walls. Estimate the amount of paint you’ll need and mix it in a 5 gallon bucket (a process called ‘boxing’). When coverage is difficult to estimate, add more than less, as you can always pour leftovers back into cans. For larger jobs, use the bucket and a roller screen rather than a roller tray.

9. Clean dirty surfaces so the paint can form a strong bond.

Paint doesn’t adhere well to skin oils, so clean areas that hands often touch. Dirty, oily surfaces risk the paint easily chipping or peeling off, so always clean grimy areas with a de-glosser or heavy-duty cleaner intended for pre-paint cleaning.

10. Paint the trim first, then the ceilings and walls.

Brush out the trim before rolling the walls. Professionals usually follow a certain order when painting a room. They paint the trim first, then the ceiling, then the walls. That’s because it’s easier (and faster) to tape off the trim than to tape off the walls.




With thanks to original source Family Handy Man for this article.


Written by Siobhan


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