Painting requires skill and effort because it has a significant role to play in the condition of the house. Here we will be discussing some painting secrets that you would love to try while painting a house.
1 Sand Away Flaws
It is highly recommended to start painting from the smooth surface so that you can end up with perfectly painted walls. Sandpaper is regarded as one of the most useful material that is commonly used, but there is a valuable technique that you could follow to make a useful tool while painting. Start with sanding the walls from the baseboard to the ceiling using a beautiful grit sanding paper on a sanding pole. Once you are done with it start sanding it horizontally along the baseboard and ceiling. Putting a lot of pressure on the sanding pole or heading pole as it may result in damaging the wall. For woodwork try working with a sanding sponge so that you can get into crevices.
2 Cover Furniture
While getting your house painted it is hugely significant to move the furniture so that it’s safe from the dust and paint drops. If your furniture could not be moved outside the room then its best to drag it to the center and cover it with plastic so that it is safe from dust and paint drops.
3 Use Tinted Primer
Painters usually fill up the holes and patch cracks with joint compounds. If these holes are neglected, the compounds will suck the moisture out of the paint which will give it a flat and dull look. This problem is usually known as flashing. This would make the walls look noticeably different from the rest of the wall.
It is recommended to use a tinted gray or a similar color to finish off the paint. Tinted primer is a more effective solution for wrapping the existing paint color than the understandable introduction. The last coat will be more prominent, and it may also need a few more layers. This mainly works with true colors such as red, orange which could also require more coats without a primer.
4 Press Tape with a Putty Knife
There is nothing more disheartening when you peel off the tape from the woodwork, and the paint gets bleeds through. To avoid pain-in-the-neck, it’s better to chore of scraping off the paint do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you kick start. Just smear the tape over the wood and then run a putty knife over the top to pressurize the tape for a good seal. This pressure will stop all kind of paint bleeds.
It is recommended to use a blue tape instead of a masking tape as it may leave a sticky residue that becomes extremely difficult to remove. Moreover, paint can also cause the tape to get wavy which gives the chance to paint to sneak through the tape into the wood. Painters tape can be kept for days, and it can peel off cleanly.
5 Eliminate Brush and Lap Marks With Paint Extender
To get a clean finish, it is recommended to mix paint with a paint extender, also commonly known as paint conditioner such as Floetrol. There are two advantages of using this paint extender; first and the foremost benefit of using a paint extender is that it slows down the paint drying time which gives you enough time to overlap just painted areas without getting lap marks. It usually happens when you paint over dried paint and darken the color. Furthermore, paint extender also levels out the paint so brush strokes. Pros prefer using extenders when painting drywall, woodwork, cabinets, and doors. Manufacturer’s directions are also available to guide you the quantity of extender to add per gallon of paint.
6 Scrape a Ridge in Textured Ceilings
Edge is the most challenging part when it comes to painting as it’s almost impossible to get a straight line along the top of the wall without getting paint on the ceiling bumps. Pros have got a simple solution to this problem. For this trick, you need to run a screwdriver along the perimeter of the ceiling to scrape off the texture. It will allow you to cut in without getting the paint on the ceiling. Screwdriver helps to create a tiny ridge in the ceiling so the tips of your paint bristles naturally go into it and you will never notice the missing texture.
7 Use Canvas Drop Cloths
Avoid using bedsheets as drop cloth as they are thin sheets and they won’t guard your items against the splatters and spills against seeping through to the flooring. Plastic will contain spills as the paint stays wet for a long time. The wet paint can find the bottom of your shoes and get tracked through the house.
Pros recommend using canvas drop cloths as they are not slippery and they absorb splatters. A canvas cloth is just a few feet wide and runs the length of the wall is perfect for protecting your floor, and it’s extremely flexible to move.
8 Finish One Wall Before Starting Another
It may seem extremely easy to do all the corners once and trim in a room and then go back to roll the walls but wait this is not the right way to do it. Try getting a seamless look by cutting in one wall, then immediately rolling it before starting the next. It will allow you the chance for the brushed and rolled paint to blend. It is recommended to cover the paint bucket or the container with a damp towel while you are changing between brushing and rolling to keep your paint and tools from drying out.
9 Scrape (Don’t Tape) Windows
It doesn’t matter if you tape windows or not because the paint takes a long time to dry and it ends up on the glass anyway. You need to move on and let the paint get on the glass. The moment paint gets dry scrap off the razor blade. The paint will peel off in a few seconds. Just make sure that you do not break the paint bond between the wood and the glass because moisture can get to the wood and may result in rotting.
10 Box Paint for Consistent Color
Paint colors vary between cans thus it is recommended to mix all the cans in a 5-gallon bucket to get color consistency. It is essential to do so because if you start a new can midway, then the color difference may get prominent.
11 Wash Roller Covers
When you purchase, cheap or expensive roller covers it is essential to get them washed before their first use. It is so because you need to get rid of the fuzz that inevitably comes off once you start painting. It is recommended to wash them with water and a bit of liquid soap and run your hands up and down the cover to pull off any loose fibers that are still in that cover. You can start off the roller cover right away where you don’t require it to dry off.
12 Clean Dirty Walls With Degreaser
It is imperative to cut off the grease and filthy surfaces such as kitchen walls above a stove, mudrooms where kids kick off their muddy boots and scuff the walls or the areas around light switches. Pros recommend you to use degreasers to clean grimy or greasy surfaces. Degreasers cut through almost anything, but before using them, you need to make sure that you need to read the label and follow the directions written on the degreasers.
13 Start With a Loaded Brush
Homeowners usually take load and dump” approach whereas pros prefer to use a load and go approach. The load and go approach will load the bottom 1 ½ inches of the brush with paint and then tap each side of the container to knock off the heavy drips. This is a better approach as it doesn’t wipe it all the paint off the brush.
14 Push Paint to Avoid Runs
When your brush is loaded with paint, it is extremely easy to get too much paint in the corners or along the trims. To make sure that you are avoiding this mistake try starting brushing almost ½ inch away from the cut in an area where you have to apply the paint. As soon as the brush unpacks move over slowly and slog the brush along the corner.
Allow the bristles gently push the paint against the cut in an area where the walls encounter each other. It is essential to do this trick a couple of times so that you can get complete coverage.
It’s high time to adopt all these tricks while painting. These tricks are going to prove extremely useful while painting the walls. So get your hands used to these fantastic tips as they are being collected from painters who have a vast experience in this particular field.
I am a licensed architect who is passionate about all things home improvement industries, I have been doing DIY painting projects and have developed lots of experience around home improvement over the 10 years.