You can save a lot of money by becoming a master painter. Also, it is not as difficult as you think. Here are five painting tips that can help DIY painters.
You can paint just about any type of surface, be it brick, tile, wood, gyprock or laminex - all you need is the right paint. If it is your first try at DIY painting, it’s best to talk to a painting professional. They give free advice as well as tips on paint types, paint colours, brush selection, the right sheen, and more.
The general rule is: water-based paint is most suitable for walls and ceilings. It’s easy to wash off brushes and rollers, dries fast, and glides on smoothly. Choose matte, low-sheen and semi-gloss paints over high-gloss paints. High-gloss paints are not friendly to beginners and tend to display every tiny flaw.
Preparing the surface
For people who have the luck to work on clean walls, all that’s needed is give it a swift wash using sugar soap. A severely ruined wall requires a little more TLC. With a scraper, get rid of all flaking paint and bubbles and with sandpaper, make the surface smooth. If you see the existing paint surface severely damaged, you have to put on a chemical paint stripper. Repair holes and cracks using interior filler and then sand smooth.
Or “cutting in,” means painting spots that are too tight to reach with a roller, like cornices, corners and skirting boards. An angled brush is better to use for this process. Ensure that you hold the brush near to the bristles; grasping it by the handle will not provide you with sufficient control. Grasp the brush and angle with the bristles fronting the wall. When the brush touches the wall, move the paint utilising the bend or border of the wall to direct you in a straight line.
Cutting in can be a complicated paint step to learn, so don’t worry if your first attempt isn’t perfect.
When you completed cutting in, get your roller and begin rolling. Keeping to a horizontal or vertical painting method during the process is better than overpainting and will create the smoothest outcome. Majority of paint projects need a minimum of two coats to attain the greatest coverage.
I use a plastic bag or cling wrap to cover my rollers and paint brushes. This prevents them from drying out in-between coats.
Before you can gush all over what a great job you did, you have to clean all your rollers, paintbrushes and tools. Rinse water-based paint with warm water and clean oil-based paint with mineral turpentine. Rollers are harder to clean because they retain so much paint, but the simplest way is by using a roller cover cleaner.
Painting jobs are easy when you do it properly. Follow these steps and you are on your way to painting like a master painter in no time at all.