Professional painters understand that time is money. They routinely use trade secrets to paint faster, more efficiently, and with less effort. We reached out to several professional painters to get their top painting tips and tricks. These are the top painting tips and techniques for professional painters:
Sand Away Flaw
You must have a smooth surface to apply paint to walls, ceilings, and woodwork. Sanding can also be used to remove burrs or rough spots from painted wood trim such as baseboard moldings and window and door casings. Sandpaper of fine grit can be used to roughen up glossy paint surfaces, which allows for the new coat to stick better.
To avoid missing any spots, overlap each stroke slightly. Next, sand horizontally along both the top of your baseboard molding and along the walls of the top at the ceiling. You should not apply too much pressure to the sanding stick or the swiveling head could tip over and cause damage to the wall. Sandpaper can also clog up if you apply too much pressure.
Buy the Best Products
Paint and brushes should not be cheap. Cheap brushes can be a false economy. You can buy the best brushes for your money, wash them often, and they will last you a lifetime. It will look like you’ve raked paint onto the wall with a rake. A $3 plastic toothbrush is not going to make that happen. The bristles will then fall into the paint. You can wash it and reuse it until they become dull.
It is also important to purchase the best paint that you can afford. It will go on easily, provide the best coverage, last long, and be easy to clean. You can also wash off fingerprints and grime without removing the paint. The whole process of painting will be faster and easier and the finished product will look better.
Do not drag all furniture out of a room when painting. This will protect your furniture from paint drips, splatters, as well as from dust from sanding.
Use Tinted Primer
A joint compound is used to fill in cracks and repair holes before pros paint walls. The compound can cause the paint to dry and flake, making it look duller than the rest. It is important to prime walls before applying the topcoat. This will prevent you from seeing the patched areas in the paint.
Pros tint primer straight out of the can with some gray paint or the color of the finished paint. Tinted primer is better at concealing patches and covering up old paint colors. The final paint coat will look brighter and require fewer coats. This is especially true when you paint over reds or oranges. If you don’t apply a tinted primer first, it may require three to four coats of topcoats.
Press Tape with a Putty Knife
Nothing is more frustrating than peeling off tape to find that paint has penetrated the tape and gotten all over trim. Do a thorough job adhering to tape before you begin painting to avoid the painful, incontinence-inducing task of scraping off any errant paint.
This will stop paint bleeds. The sticky residue left behind by masking tape is difficult to remove. Paint can cause masking tape buckle and wrinkle which allows the paint to seep underneath it. Painter’s tape is easy to remove even after being left on for days, some types for up to two weeks.
Box Paint for Consistent Color
You can buy multiple cans of the same paint color. You’ll rarely find the same color in them. Paint colors vary greatly between cans. This small difference can become very obvious when you open a new can halfway through a wall. Pros mix paint cans into five-gallon buckets to ensure consistent color from start to end. This is called “boxing” paint.
Pros then paint directly from the bucket. The bucket can be moved easily, but it is easier to paint than a roller tray.
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