Painting Tips For The Beginner

Recently moved into a new place that’s needing some love, or looking to brighten up your home in time for the new year? A fresh paint job can make all the difference. Don’t fear, we have all of the essential tips you need to do it yourself.

Tip 1 – It All Starts with Smooth, Clean Walls

To achieve a smooth finish, before adding a new layer of paint it’s important to make sure your walls are nice and clean. This means removing all nails, curtains, and power outlet covers from the walls, then taking a sponge with water and mild soap to any dust, dirt, or grease stains. Don’t forget to rinse off any remaining soap with clean water.

At this point, you can also fill any small holes or cracks in the wall with putty. If you don’t have putty, you can use a white, no-gel toothpaste instead.

Tip 2 – Tape It Up and Lay It Down

Get a hold of some painter’s blue tape and carefully tape all trim, window, and door frames. This can be done up to a week before you start painting, but make sure you remove the tape before the paint dries, to avoid any paint peeling off with it.

Spread a drop cloth or plastic sheet on the floor to protect your flooring from paint splatters. If you don’t have either of those, you can use newspaper.

Tip 3 – Prime, Prime, Prime

If you want to achieve long-lasting lustre and good, even paint coverage, prepare surfaces to be painted with a layer of primer first. This is often wrongly disregarded.

Choosing the right primer is important. When painting drywall, use a water-based primer. While dealing with water-damaged or smoke-saturated surfaces, opt for an oil-based primer.

Tip 4 – Use A Brush in Tight Spots

When gathering materials, don’t forget a 2-inch angled brush for all those window, door and trim corners and edges which are too tricky to reach with your roller. Simply brush the paint on in these areas and extend out about 3 inches.

Tip 5 – Roller Technique Is Key

First, pour a small amount of paint into your paint tray. Next, dip about half of the roller lightly into the paint and roll it back and forth on the tray ramp to ensure the paint is evenly distributed over the roller. For best results, paint the top half of the wall first, so drips land on unpainted areas.

Paint a vertical stroke on the wall from bottom to top, then turn the roller sideways and make a zig-zag pattern on the way down. Repeat this motion as you gradually work your way across the wall, always overlapping the last vertical stripe by about 3 inches.

Experts usually recommend two coats of paint, however light colours covering darker shades may require more. If you need to take a break, be sure to wrap the roller in some cling wrap so it doesn’t dry up and wash it properly after use.

Tip 6 – Paint the Trim

Once the walls have dried completely (usually requires an entire day, minimum), tape the wall where it meets the trim or any window or door frames. Use your 2-inch angled brush to evenly apply paint to the trim, door and window frames as desired.

Remember to keep any pets or children out of the newly painted rooms while the paint dries to avoid any accidents. After a day or two, your freshly painted room will be move in ready.

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