Friday, 6 February 2015

Secrets Pro Painters Wouldn't Want You to Know

Most of us think think painting is the easiest job when it comes to any kind of home improvement and fortunately this common conception is true. To use the roller is far more easier than knocking down walls, for instance. Still, there are tips n' tricks pro's won't tell you in order to keep the secret of their flawless work. Luckily I learned some of them when I totally messed up a DIY home renovation project in my new accommodation about a year ago. It all ended happily because of Lilian, a friend of mine, who worked as a painter for some time.

Move Everything Out of the Room

I hope no one is dumb enough to try painting while the whole furniture is in the room, but i just feel obliged to mention it-do it, unless the furniture is extremely heavy. If this is the case, cover it up and leave it in the centre of the room. If you are repairing drywall, it is absolutely necessary to get rid of any kinds of objects. Drywall dust is really mean-it goes everywhere and there is no way to clean it. If you have the opportunity, remove even the door. Another very important thing to remember is, paint drips can't be stopped by lightweight fabrics and bedsheets. Trust me, they don't. I tried. To sum up: 
  • Take everything out
  • Label everything with masking tape
  • Purchase high quality drop cloths


Prepare the surfaces

Smooth any bumps and nibs before you do the sanding. This will not only feather out the chipped and damaged paint but it will also prepare the wall for the next coat of paint. I recommend the usage of sponges, especially when it comes to glossy trim since they mold to the shape of the trim. Another option is to hand sand the surface in order to assure yourself the surface is completely deglossed.
  • Wash the walls with mild cleaner 
  • Fill the gaps with a paintable caulk
  • If you're going to use a tape, use a putty knife to bed the tape
  • After the paint dries, score the edge of the tape line with a utility knife


Choose a Paint

Primers play a major role when it comes to high quality painting. Their mission is to establish a solid and to ensure that the topcoats of paint go on smoothly and bond securely to the surface. No need to say you do have to purchase a high quality paint for excellent results. Experts usually recommend glossier paints since they are stain-resistant and scrubbable. Still, latex paints are perfect for interior walls and new trim. The most important thing you should remember is-a good paint does not come cheap.
  • It is obligatory to use a good primer 
  • Use glossier paints 
  • Don't buy anything cheap


Prepare the Right Equipment

Contrary to the popular belief, cheap rollers can also get along with the job, so there is no need to buy a super expensive roller. Simply dip an ordinary roller into dish-washing liquid to remove any stray fibres. What is more, the lighter the roller, the easier it is to use. 
Use a 5-gallon bucket and you'll be able to mix three or more cans of paint avoiding colour discrepancies. 
A good paintbrush is also very important for professional results. Pro's usually recommend synthetic, but for fine interior work you better use nylon brushes.
  • Buy a cheap roller 
  • Use a 5-gallon bucket 
  • Purchase synthetic brush
And remember that no one is born knowing everything! If a friend asks you for help with his/her DIY painting project, don't be mean like the dude below :)

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