If your paint jobs leave much to be desired, consider these four painting principles and tips that can have you rolling through your next painting project like a pro.
Using a Quality Roller and Brush
Using quality equipment can have a huge impact on the look of your paint job. A high-quality roller can give you better paint coverage and a smoother-looking finish. A top-notch brush can help you prevent streaks and brush marks, and achieve smooth and straight lines.
Tip: The most expensive equipment isn’t always of the highest quality.
Choosing the Right Nap Size
To avoid blotchy-looking walls consider the nap size of your roller. If your walls are textured you’ll need a thicker nap—the more wall texture the thicker the nap. The most popular size is a 3/8-inch nap, which can help you have greater coverage over your textured walls and ceilings.
Removing Switch and Outlet Covers
Instead of using a brush to cut in around switch plates and outlet covers, remove the plates and covers before you start painting and use a roller to get to those areas.
Starting Application at Chest Height
If you start painting a wall at the top or bottom the paint can be applied too thickly in those areas and result in lots of drips. However, if you begin rolling paint at chest level you can distribute it more evenly since a majority of it is in the center of the wall.
Just to be on the safe side, before the paint dries, scan your walls for any drips—they’re obviously easier to correct when the paint is still wet. Roll over the drips to distribute the paint.
Tip: If you later find dried drips you can fix them by scraping them off, sanding that portion of the wall until it’s smooth, and repainting that section. It’s not easy, but it’s doable.
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