Paint like a Professional
When it comes to painting your house, room or any wall interior or exterior it could mean you would most likely have to source a professional for the jobs and it might cost a buck or two. No need to worry about hiring external help or assistance. After you've read these guides our informative tips will turn you into an expert in no time.
Well okay, let's get started with the basics.
1. Avoid Overlapping
Have you ever noticed a spot on the wall but couldn't make out what it is? Overlap marks are caused when uneven layers of paint are painted over each other, sometimes it's' too small to notice but be assured, this will not stop bugging you. The key to avoiding these marks is to paint on your previous stroke while it's still wet, overlapping it and repeat until done. Always ensure that your roller or brush has enough paint on it. While working you'll be able to notice when it feels dry and needs a top-up.
2. Consistent colour
It's hard to believe but some paint color might slightly be different from the other, avoid painting from the can. The key is to estimate the amount of paint you'll need and mix your cans together, this will ensure that everything is more or less a consistent color. No need to waste the leftover paint, easily pour it back to the can of paint if not mixed or use for smaller touch ups.
3. Before you remove your tape
The final step would be to remove the tape, but hold on!!! Wait for your paint to DRY COMPLETELY, about 24 hours. Start to use a sharp knife or edge cutter to cut the tape loose from the paint. Some paints that are too thick will tear off the wall if you ignore this, so be careful. Cut at a 45-degree angle and slowly remove the tape with care.
4. What comes first? The trim or the wall?
Professionals or experts usually start from the trim, then the roof and finally the wall because it's faster to tape off the trim than to tape the whole wall.The trim is usually harder to paint, so don't worry about the neatness, focus on getting it nice and consistent and you'll end up painting over it when painting the wall. Paint the trim and let it dry for 24 hours, tape it the start on the ceiling and then the wall to finish it off.
If you notice a lack of texture(s) and shininess on some spots on the wall, It usually has to do with the finishes or fixes made on the wall. Some paint mixes these fixes and might tend to change its properties of it. To avoid this make sure to sand off these patches and use a quick primer before you start your job, and you won't notice a thing!
There you have it, a few easy step to guide you through the process of becoming an expert or professional painter.