Wall painting is something that we all like to believe that we can do by ourselves. But when we finally get around to doing it, our best DIY efforts always seem to disappoint. Why can’t we paint as well as the pros?
It turns out that professional painters and handymen have a box of tricks that you don’t always see when you glance at them working from afar. While it might look like all they’re doing is applying layers of paint with a roller brush, a lot more is going on behind the scenes. In this post, you’re going to learn what you should do if you want your walls to come out looking beautiful. Read on to find out more.
Collect Your Supplies
The first thing to do is to collect the right supplies for your particular situation.
The type of paint you need, for instance, will depend heavily on the surface on which you intend to paint. If you are planning on painting the ceiling, you’ll need a water-based latex paint. For walls, choose flat or “eggshell.” And always use gloss or semi-gloss for window sills and doors.
If it is your first time painting yourself, HomePro Solutions Handyman Services recommends choosing relatively neutral colors. Stick with whites and greys. Bold, vibrant colors tend to require many more coats and might not cover as well.
You also want to choose a paint that doesn’t drip. Some brands explicitly market themselves as non-drip, but it is best to ask an expert if you’re not sure which product to choose.
Protect Your Belongings
Professional painters also protect their client’s belongings by either moving them out of the range of paint splatter or covering them with large sheets to prevent paint and dust from settling on them.
Professional painters and handymen also use decorator’s tape – a special type of tape that they apply to the edge of the area they intend to paint. Decorator’s tape is incredibly handy. It allows you to paint right up to the edge of skirting boards, coving and door frames, without having to paint in a straight line by hand painstakingly. In other words, you can take a rough-and-ready approach and still get an exceptional finish.
Prepare The Worksite
Before you start spreading, you want to make sure that the worksite is ready to receive a new layer of paint. Get out your step ladder, place your roller tray on the floor or a sturdy bench, open the windows, and turn the fan on to get rid of the paint fumes.
Do The Cutting-In First
Cutting-in refers to the process of painting around the edge of the wall first before filling in the middle. If you have thick decorators tape, you can sometimes use a small roller for the cutting in process. If you don’t, grab a brush and start painting around the edges, using diagonal brushstrokes that go right up to the perimeter tape, being careful not to layer the paint too thick.
Once you’ve done that, fill the interior with the roller brush and leave it to dry.