A painting contractor shares his painting secrets on how to paint quickly while delivering top-rate results. These painting tips will get a painting project rolling quicker and successful.
1. Avoid Drips as you Paint
The Masking tape does an excellent job of protecting woodwork— if it’s applied correctly. Clean all the soil and scrape over the bottom of the trim with a wet rag.
Keep the tape close against the wall and stretch it out to cover the bottom of the sheet. Press the tape against the wood using a knife for the whole length. Use the painter’s tape, which is at least twice as wide as the surface, then have it stretched out to shield the trim face from drips.
When you’re finished, just cut the tape instantly while the paint is still damp or wait until the next day when it’s scorched. If you take it out while the paint is partly dry, you will rub off the fresh paint along with the tape.
2. Clear the Entire Room Before Painting
If there’s something too heavy to pull down, push it to the centre of the room, so cover it with cardboard. Using drop cloths with canvas. Without plastic, they’re stored without packaging, and they’re not slick.
3. Buy the Best Supplies
Don’t settle for standard colours and brushes. Cheap brushes are fake markets. Pick a Wooster or something with heft. The $3 plastic brush is going to make it seem like you’ve drawn a rake on the ground. And the bristles start coming out.
I like a lovely 2-1/2-inch pointed handle. It’s versatile, so you can wash it and reuse it until the bristles are down to the nub. And also get the most costly colours. Why? Why? Because it’s going to be easy to offer the best reporting. It’s going to last a long time. You’re going to be able to wipe a grubby mark off the wall without dragging the colour with it. And all the research is going to be quicker and more comfortable.
4. Use tinted primer
Painters generally cover gaps or cracks with joints. If you ignore them, these compounds will strip the moisture from the paint and cause it to flare, leaving the painting with a smooth and dark appearance. And the specific areas will be noticeably different from the rest of the building.
Pros advise that you use a tinted grey or a hue identical to a coat instead of white. The coloured pigment fits best to cover natural colour colours.
5. Sand Away Flaws
You have to continue with a perfectly smooth surface to finish with perfectly painted walls or woodwork. One pro informs PM that Sander would be a better job title than a painter because he spends so much time driving sandpaper. Sanding off the spackle or joint-compound stains and flattens the ridges across the nail holes. Sanding eliminates burrs and rough patches in your paint, too.
Wash the walls from the baseboard up to the ceiling with a fine powder sanding paper on a sanding rod. Then rub horizontally along the floor and walls. Do not put a lot of pressure on the sanding tip, or the head will turn over and harm the ground. Wash woodwork with a sanding sponge to get to the crevices.
6. Use Canvas Drop Cloths
Pros don’t use bed sheets as drop cloths, nor can you. Thin sheets will not stop splattering and pouring from seeping through to your board. And while plastic does have stains, the colour stays damp for a long time. That wet paint may (and generally does) reach the bottom of your shoes and be tracked through the building.
Use what the professionals using— the lightweight drop cloths. They’re not slick, and they’re removing splatters (but they can still wipe away big drops or leak through). “As long as you paint a roof, you don’t need a jumbo-sized fabric that covers the entire room,” says the pro.
7. Dust and Vacuum Thoroughly
When the first sanding and scraping stage is done, dust off all areas with an old paintbrush and clean woodwork with a hose extension.
8. Run a Crisp Bead of Caulk Between Woodwork and Walls
Apply a thin bead of paintable latex acrylic caulk just within the gap where the wood touches the wall for a smooth, professional appearance. Remove the excess caulk from the putty knife. Buy a dripless caulk pistol to save time and frustration. Cut the tip down lower than you thought you ought to.
9. Paint the Trim First, Then the Ceilings and Walls
Now, the response that we were all looking for! Generally, pros follow a particular order when painting a room. First, they paint the frame, then the roof, then the walls. It’s because it’s better (and faster) to tape off the trim than to tape off the doors. And you probably don’t want to take any of them off!
You don’t have to be tidy as you colour the interior. Only focus on getting a smooth finish on the wood. Don’t panic if the colour of the door and trim is sloping on the ground. Then, when you paint the walls, you’ll hide everything. Once the surface has been correctly finished and dried (at least 24 hours), tape it off, then paint the walls, and start to paint the wall.
10. Finish One Wall Before Starting Another
It might seem quick to do all the corners and trim in a house, then go back and roll up the walls, but don’t. Pros get a smooth look by cutting it in one panel, then rolling it instantly before beginning the next one. This helps the rubbed and dried paint to mix closer.
When alternating between brushing and rolling, cover your paint bucket, tray or tub with a moist towel to prevent the paint and equipment from drying out when not in use.
11. Shine a Light Across the Woodwork and Circle Flaws
Place a hand-held light (at least 60 watts) so that it shines over (rakes) the wood surface to locate loose paint, rough edges, and other blemishes on the floor and decide what needs to be covered. Take a pencil and a small circle of places that need practice. Attach these pencils to your shop to make things easy to count.
12. Wash Roller Covers
If you purchase cheap or expensive roller covers, wash them before they’re first used to get rid of the fuzz that comes off when you start painting. Clean them with water and a little bit of liquid soap, then rub your hands up and down to get some loose. You should continue using the roller covers right away — you don’t have to let them warm.
13. Start With a Loaded Brush
Pros are adopting a strap and go attitude to drawing. They fill the bottom 1 1/2 inches of their brushes with paint, press either side of the inside of their jar to avoid large drips, and then start painting.
In comparison, homeowners frequently adopt the lock and dump method by pulling the primed brush along the sides of their tub and wiping away most of the colour. It doesn’t do you much good to dip your brush in paint, then wash it all off, says a professional painter.
14. Cover the furniture
Ideally, to cover the furniture from dust and paint falling, you can remove it from the space you are decorating. If you are not able to do so, gently cover them with plastic sheets and add them to the floor.
15. Mix paint conditioner
For a sleek look, use a colour conditioner or a coat extender. If you put a second layer of paint on drywalls, the odds of having nasty marks improve. The extender slows down the drying process of the paint, which allows you a longer window to cover the painted regions.
16. Use Tinted Primer
Before the professionals paint the frames, they patch the gaps and the joint cracks. But if you paint directly over it, the solvent sucks the moisture out of the paint, giving it a smooth, grey look. Such areas should look noticeably different from the rest of the building. So stop that, the pros choose the walls before lighting.
Instead of using a clear polish, the pros typically have a brown hue or a pigment identical to the finish coat. Tinted primer does a great job of covering the original paint colour than a regular primer, and the finished coat will be more colourful and may require fewer coats. This is especially true for colours such as red or orange, which could involve three or more coats without a primer.
17. Push Paint to Avoid Runs
When your brush is filled with paint, it’s simple to make runs by adding so much paint to corners or along with the trim. To stop this, start brushing about 1/2 inch away from the cut-in region to spread the colour.
As the brush unloads, step over and pull the brush steadily along the trim or corner. Move the paint softly against the cut-in place where the walls touch. You may have to do so a couple of times to get complete coverage, but it’s going to avoid unnecessary paint in the woodwork and corners.
18. Clean Dirty Walls With Degreaser
The paint will not connect to greasy or dusty places, such as kitchen walls above a grill, mudrooms where kids take off their muddy boots and scuff the ground, or areas near light switches that are swatted by dirty hands.
“I always use a degreaser to scrub dark or greasy surfaces,” says a pro to PM. “It slices through almost everything you’ve got on the walls for better paint adhesion.” Make sure to read the label and obey the directions—this stuff is potent. Rubber gloves and eye protection are required.
19. Skip Brush Cleaning Between Coats
Anytime I take a short break from painting or when I’m finished for the day, I put my brushes into a 10-litre bucket of clean water to prevent them from drying out.
Then, when I’m ready to start drawing again, I wave the brushes around in the water and turn the excess out with a brush-and-roller spinner. Do the spinning inside a second empty bucket to shield the nearby walls from running waterfall.