Most of us can do an okay job of painting a room. But a seasoned professional does a great job. Obviously, pros have more experience than the average homeowner, but they also know techniques and tricks that make them better painters. Some of what you’ll read may surprise you. For instance, their secrets won’t cut painting time. Painters spend two to four days on an average-size room. That’s how long it takes to prep, prime and paint correctly. It’s more work, but when you stand back to admire the results, you’ll agree it’s time well spent.To begin, move everything out of the room. Bigger pieces of furniture can sometimes be left covered in the center of larger rooms, but if you are repairing wall, Take everything out. Plastering a wall dust…..dust goes everywhere.” Remove doors, light fixtures and hardware, and label everything with masking tape. Also, invest in drop cloths. “It’s surprising how well a few drops of paint can cover a floor, Buy high-quality drop cloths, such as canvas or paper-backed plastic. (Paint soaks right through lightweight fabrics and bedsheets.) Plastic sheeting works, but it’s very slippery and doesn’t absorb drips.
PREPARE THE SURFACES Find, then fix, cracks and dents 🙂
SELECTING THE PAINT Pick a powerful primer …Preparation is if not MORE important than the painting itself!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAINTING EQUIPMENTRoller rules
The perfect roller would hold a roomful of paint, leave the right amount of texture, wouldn’t spray or fuzz, and would be easy to clean. Until somebody invents the ideal one, follow these tips to choose the right roller. “The longer the nap, the more paint the roller will hold, but it will also create more texture. A 1/2-inch nap lamb’s-wool roller holds plenty of paint without too much texture, Less expensive rollers can work, Just wash them first in dishwashing liquid to remove any stray fibers.
Use a bucket
Paintway prefer buckets with a roller grid to roller pans. They hold more paint than pans and It’s tougher to tip over a bucket.
A bucket also lets you box, or mix, two or three cans of paint to avoid color discrepancies. To use a bucket and grid, dip the roller a quarter of the way into the paint and run it over the ramp to work the paint into the nap.
Work with a painter’s rod
A painter’s rod, or pole, can help you paint ceilings more quickly — no climbing up and down ladders required. And there’s no need to stand directly underneath the area you are painting, so you won’t catch every wayward splatter. A pole is also great for walls and floors.
Buy a better brush
A good paintbrush is key to a professional-looking finish. “A quality brush costs $15 to $25, The equipment has a lot to do with their success. Pay attention to the bristles. Synthetic brushes are made of nylon or polyester, or a combination of the two. Poly bristles are stiffer, which makes them good for exterior or textured work, but for fine interior work, Paintway uses softer nylon brushes. Look also for tapered bristles, which can help you work to an edge, and flagged tips, which help spread the finish smoothly and evenly. Brushes are available in 1- to 4-inch widths. Paintway keep an arsenal on hand to match the job. A smaller brush gives you more control, but no one wants to paint a door with a 1-inch-wide brush, starting with a 2- or 2-1/2-inch sash brush. The angled brush makes it easier to cut to a line and puts more bristles on the work than a square-tipped brush.