13 tips from pro home painters

13 home painting tipsIf you are looking at taking on a home painting job on your own instead of going with professional home painters, it is a good idea to take advantage of tips from the professionals. This way, you can avoid running into unintended problems, not to mention you can ensure your painting job looks as professional as possible, even when you don’t have all of the experience as professional home painters. This is a list of 13 tips you should always keep in mind, no matter what you are painting.

1. Sanding

Sanding helps you remove any flaws in walls or furniture and gives you a perfectly smooth surface.

2. Tinted Primer

If you use tinted primer that is similar to your desired paint color, it is going to help you use less paint and improve the coverage.

3. Paint Extender

If you use a paint extender, it is going to help eliminate brush and lap marks, which in turn is going to drastically improve the appearance of the paint.

4. Add  a Ridge in a Textured Ceiling

Attempting to paint along the edge of textured ceilings is extremely difficult and the paint is going to stick to the ceiling. By adding in a ride by scraping one in with a screw driver, you can avoid any of this.

5. Press Down Tape with Putty Knife

Using painter’s tape is extremely important to avoid getting paint on the areas you don’t want. However, applying it with just your hands is going to leave bubbles and open spots. To avoid this, press the tape down with a putty knife.

6. Canvas Drop Cloth

A canvas drop cloth can protect your flooring and furniture, and it does not bunch up or get slippery like a plastic drop cloth.

7. One Wall at a Time

Paint one wall before moving on to the next.

8. Scrape Windows

Avoid taping windows. Instead, allow the paint to touch the glass and scrape it off with a razor blade. This process will ensure your paint is covering all the tiny cracks and crevices of your window panes.

9. Combine Paint

Paint per can can vary, so add them all to a large bucket to ensure consistency.

10. Wash the Roller Cover

Washing the roller cover allows you to use the rollers again if you have purchased a higher quality roller cover.

11. De-greaser

Use de-greaser to clean dirty walls and improve paint bonding.

12. Wet Brush

Wet your brush and squeeze out the water before loading it with paint.

13. Push Paint

Push your brush against the wall in order to avoid runs in the paint and gain smooth coverage.

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