Techniques And Tips For Painting
Here are some basic tips and painting techniques that can help save time and get the painting done better, neater and faster.
- Paint will lay down smoother on the surface if you use the brush first and then the roller. Cut in with the brush first - paint along the ceiling line, outlets, fixtures and trims with the brush first. Use the roller after the brush to cover the wall with paint and to cover some of the brush strokes.
- Paint the ceiling first, then the walls, then the trims in this order. Paint can drip down, so even if you get some splatters on the walls after painting the ceiling, you will cover those if you follow this order. Wall space is above floor trims and some of the paint might drip or splatter while painting the walls. If you are using painter's masking tape, you will have a cleaner line when painting walls first, then trims.
- When it's time to use the roller, dip the roller into the paint tray a few times, then roll it on the part of the tray that doesn't have paint a few times. This will ensure that your roller is soaked properly. Start at midpoint of the wall, then roll up to the ceiling and down to the floor, slowly moving the roller to the side, covering about 2 to 3 feet distance at a time. Rolling from ceiling line all the way down to the floor line in one stroke will prevent streaking after the paint dries. Don't press too hard on the roller, let it apply the paint to the wall, then roll out the paint for an even paint distribution.
- Wrap the roller with plastic or plastic bag when waiting for the first coat to dry. Once the roller is dried out, it’s useless. Do the same for the brush. It's very difficult to wash out dry paint from a brush.
- You can save the roller for future jobs by washing it out. However it takes a long time to wash it and the roller is never the same after rinsing. I would use new roller for every paint job. They are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased in any hardware or home improvement store for a couple of bucks.
- You can use painter's tape (blue masking tape) or try to just work with the brush without tape. It’s not too difficult if you have a steady hand. To make the job easier, use 2.5" angle brush. Do not overload the brush, so that it does not leak.
- When using the brush paint in long strokes. Dip the brush in paint, pat it against the paint tray a couple of times from both sides of the brush. Short brush strokes can drip paint and not give you a nice straight line that you are aiming for. Hold the brush as if you were holding a pen, with your fingers holding the metal part.
- The wall will always look better with two coats of paint on it verses one. The second coat adds that finished look and covers the old paint fully.
- Paint drips. If you see a paint drip while you are painting, wipe wet paint away with a rag or paper towel. If the paint spatter is dry, you can scrape it away gently or use chemical products, like "Goof Off".