21 remarkable tips for a great paint job

paint job tips

When it comes to enhancing the appearance of a room it can be easily done by applying a fresh coat of paint. However, if you are not an expert at painting, then our remarkable tips will help you to efficiently achieve a beautiful looking result.

Here is everything you need to know about a great paint job:

  1. Organise everything from the start

If you have organised everything you need before beginning the painting job, you will of course enjoy the chore more. Make sure to get together all important things at the start such as you can organise a tool station in the center of the space you will be painting. Also, gather together all your essential tools like brushes, paints, screwdrivers, rollers, rags, hammers, plastic wrap, plastic bags, drop cloths and paint can opener.

  1. Use a day for preparing the room

It is of course not possible to get everything done in a single day. Therefore, make sure to plan one day before painting to prepare your room for painting. Ensure to transfer the movable furniture to another room or gather furniture in the middle of the room, patch the holes and cracks, use blue painter’s tape around windows and doors, and also uses huge plastic bags to cover the ceiling light fixtures and walls.

  1. Remove everything off the walls

Make sure to clear out all the accessories and take off all the paintings from the walls. If possible, make sure to take out most of the movable furniture from the area that is to be painted. However, you can also gather all the furniture & accessories like lamps and other decorative items in the center of the space and conceal them with a clean drop cloth. Tape the cloth properly around the furniture.

  1. Get rid of all hardware

Although it may appear very easy to paint around the cabinet hinges or door knobs or cabinet hinges, but it is actually not. Unless you are an experienced painter, you’re bound to get drips of paint on your floorings and valuable items (if you don’t remove or cover them).

Thus, make sure to carry around a few plastic zip top bags and pull off all the hardware like light switch plates, cabinet hinges & knobs, door knobs, outlet covers & light fixtures. You can store them in different bags and label them so it becomes easy to locate different items when you are finished painting.

  1. Prepare yourself before you start to Paint Job

It doesn’t matter whether your painting project is for a small or large area, you are bound to get a number of drips of paint on the clothes you wear. Therefore, be sure to remove all the jewellery and wear some old and comfortable clothes for your painting chores.

Also, it is good to wear slip-on shoes as they are easy to take off when you need to leave the room. This will save you from tracking paint drops into other rooms. Make sure to put a shower cap, scarf or an old baseball hat to cover your hair when you are painting the ceiling.

  1. Don’t paint over walls with imperfections or blemishes

If you notice that your walls have cracks or holes, make sure to fix them up before you finally begin to paint the wall surface. You can find an experienced personnel at any paint store to take guidance about the good painting products for the job. Use fiberglass tape to cover the large holes and wide cracks & use spackle to fill small cracks and holes. There are also texturizing items that will allow you to match the wall finish that you already have.

Important Painting Products

With advancement in technology, new painting products are hitting the market every year to help make the painting job more enjoyable. In order to get an amazingly beautiful finish you will definitely want to choose the best ones for your painting chore.

  1. Synthetic or Natural Brushes

Paint Brushes with natural bristles are suggested to be best for oil-based paints. Since natural bristles easily absorb the water and gets soft in water-based paints. The synthetic brushes go best with latex or water-based paints. But still they can be used for any paint.

Synthetic brushes have densely packed bristles that taper to a chisel edge help with painting a straight edge, cutting in or tipping. They have split ends, which help in holding more paint and spreading it more smoothly and evenly on the surface. Make sure to select the right brush for your chore.

  1. Foam paint rollers and brushes

There are various sizes and shapes of foam brushes available in the market at reasonable rates. They work great for small painting jobs or touch-ups. Foam paint rollers help in avoiding the paint splatters and are easy to use when you want to get a really smooth texture on your wall surfaces. However, don’t use them over rough or dull surfaces as they won’t work well on them.

  1. Pad Painters 

Use smooth pad painters as it offer easy and clean paint application and simple clean ups. However, don’t use excessive paint on the pad because it will start dripping. Make sure to clean and dry it properly and start painting again.

  1. Paint Rollers 

If you use a paint roller with a cardboard chore it will usually last longer than one with plastic. Check the texture of your walls to the select the roller “nap” according to the texture on your walls.

  1. Oil-Based Paint

Many pros prefer to use oil-based paints, particularly for furniture, trim and cabinets. The newly designed formulations of oil-based paints are safe for the environment as they are non-toxic. These types of paints are best for areas of warm and dry climates because they dry very slowly. If you use oil-based paints with rollers, brushes with natural blisters or pads. Use paint thinner or some other type of solvent to clean the excess paint.

  1. Water-Based or Latex Paint

Latex or water-based paints are designed to be eco-friendly. They usually take very less time to get dry (nearly 1 hour) and care easy to clean with water. Use rollers, synthetic bristle or pads in application of water-based paints. When latex paints start to dry, a skin of paint gets formulated inside the can, so make sure to cover the it properly every time you use it. You can better pour some paint into another container and then close the paint can.

  1. Canvas Drop Cloths 

It is best to use canvas cloth as drop cloth because it is not slippery in contrast to plastic covers. Also, it works better than newspaper sheets. Make sure to fold the cloth so that it can easily fit in a room of any size and also tape it down from the corners to avoid the paint from seeping over the edge.  This will help to avoid scratching. Before you cover the floors with drop cloths make sure to vacuum the hardwood floors.

  1. Tinted Primer 

When you prime the surface before painting it, you get a smooth and beautiful finish. Make sure to select a tinted primer that matches with the existing paint color on the surface.  When it comes to ceilings, use a paint that is particularly designed for ceilings. Some of the brands change their color when they are completely dried. So, you can easily spot out the areas where you have already painted.

  1. Painter’s Blue Tape 

The painter’s Blue tape has a waxy coating that prevents paint from seeping through. It is available in different width size, and provides a smooth straight edge for painting. When you will remove it, the paint won’t peel off. Beside this, when it comes in contact with a smooth surface the seal gets activated. Make sure not to leave it for more than two or more days on the wall because its special properties don’t last for a long time.

Completing your paint project

You will certainly need to do some clean-up even if you have completed the painting job perfectly. So, you will have to some touch ups in the end.

  1. Clean your brush

You will not want to waste your time in cleaning your paint brushes or roller whenever you take a break. Make sure to clean-up your brushes and cover them in plastic wrap and store them in a plastic bag. When you will use them again the brushes will be ready to use. If you will need paint brushes after a longer period, store them in a plastic bag and then keep it in the freezer.  

  1. Keep a number of rags for clean-ups  

You won’t get rags from the painter for clean-ups. So, store a plenty of rags for wiping off excess paint, cleaning up spills and splatter, catch drips or cleaning your hands.

  1. Razor Blades 

Straight razor blades help in scraping off excess paint or drips from tiles, windows, or glass. The drips of paint won’t spread over the surface and you will get a perfectly clean surface.

  1. Wipe off the latex Paint 

Once you have completed the painting job, take your time to soak the rollers or brushes (for 10 minutes) by using latex paint in a water solution and laundry fabric softener. Push them in and around the water and then remove them. Also, wash off the brushes properly with clean water. Remove the excess moisture and then air dry the rollers and brushes.

  1. Extra Paint 

When you have some extra paint left after completing the painting job, you can store it in a glass jar. Label it with important details regarding the paint like the date when the paint was last used, the name of the color, the store from where it was bought and the areas (walls, trim, etc.) where it was used.

  1. Prepare yourself for touch ups 

Store small quantities of left over paint in tiny food storage containers or food jars, so you can use it later on for repairing small dents or scratches. Mark the jars with details like where the paint was used (bedroom ceiling, kitchen cabinets, etc.) and what kind of paint it is (oil-based, water-based, etc.). Use plastic bags to store the containers and keep them in plastic bags. When you need to use it again, shake the container properly and soak a small quantity of paint in a small foam brush.

Alternatively, hire a professional painter and get the job done on time, which looks great.

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