9 Best Painting Techniques For A Better Finish

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Learning best painting techniques can really help you a lot and can be something that can really stand to the way your home looks for a long time. We’ve compiled a number of tips and ideas to help ensure you get these techniques down.

Lets learn from these 9 easy to adapt and implement these useful painting techniques for your next DIY painting project.

How Humidity Affects Paint

Humidity can slow down drying time and lead to drips; therefore, it is best to paint when humidity levels are low. If you do paint on a humid day, take your time painting and correct any painting mistakes before applying the second coat of paint. Although the drying time is extended, you should not overwork the paint or it will show up in the end.

Inspect the Area You Are Going to Paint Before You Begin

Scrape or lightly sand any areas that show signs of age (cracking, peeling or flaking) before you apply a primer. Scrape thoroughly, rinse well and allow to dry before painting for a beautiful finish. The weight of the new paint will pull any old, cracked paint loose and it will show in the end product. According to Tom Lee of Behr, if you do not properly prepare the surface before painting, you will end up wasting both your time and your money. Furthermore, if there is any grease present, wash the area with soap and rinse with clean water. Finally, quickly wipe down all of your walls with a damp cloth to prepare them for painting. Paint sticks better to a clean, dust-free surface.

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Quality Painting Supplies

When it comes time to paint, don't scrimp on your painting supplies. High-quality brushes and rollers provide excellent coverage, which saves you both time and can decrease the number of coats needed for a beautiful finish. Finally, purchase a professional grade painter's tape to help protect surfaces from drips and paint seepage. Best at Hire have a number of great items to help paint.

Use the Correct Nap

The type of nap on your roller will depend on the texture of the surface to be painted. For example, if you are painting a textured wall, you want a roller with a thick nap. This will allow the paint to reach all of the crevices and will provide you with complete coverage. However, too thick of a nap will create texture, so it is important to choose correctly. A paint specialist can help you determine the appropriate thickness.

Protect Your Belongings

The time spent covering your floors, hardware and furniture is time well spent. Use drop cloths to cover floors and furniture. For doorknobs and hinges use either plastic wrap, aluminum foil or sandwich bags secured with painters tape to protect them. Finally, before beginning, remove all outlet and light switch covers to prevent painting mistakes.

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If you have a smooth, clean surface, a paint with built-in primer is fine. However, if the wall has not been painted in several years or there are any other wall issues, use a separate primer to ensure a quality finish. Bonding primers, such as KILZ or Benjamin Moore's Insl-x bonding primer, are the best choice for challenging surfaces like glass or areas with a high gloss paint.

Learn to Box

No, we are not talking about the sport. Boxing is combining several gallons of paint together to ensure consistency from the beginning to the end. Ask your salesperson to calculate the amount of paint you will need and purchase it at one time. Although the paint is mixed at the same time by the same salesperson, it is always best to box the paint to ensure color consistency.

Let Your Roller Handle the Work

Because today's paints cover better and flow freer than those of the past, there is no need to apply a lot of pressure. To help prevent back strain, use an extension pole to maximize your reach.

Top to Bottom

Cut in your ceilings and baseboards using a chip brush. Then, use a roller and paint from the ceiling downward. The mark of a professional is they paint over their mistakes as the work down the wall. Once the paint begins to dry, leave it alone. Reworking the area can mar the finish and leave marks and streaks.
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