With all of the home improvement shows dominating our televisions, those weekend jobs are looking more and more achievable. But no matter how well you shop or build, no room will be impressive without a proper paintjob. For too long professional painters have guarded their tricks of the trade, and they have finally been leaked to us. Here are some of the most valuable.
Every building is only as good as the foundation it lays on. The same principle applies to your wall. How do you expect the finished product to stand out and look professional, if you are painting across an uneven or bumpy surface? An experienced painter has spent nearly as much time sanding walls as he has spent painting them. If you cut corners at the start, you have no chance of finishing anywhere near where you expect.
Ensure tape is sealed.
Lots of inexperienced painters know that they should use tape to keep their edges crisp, but few utilize it properly. Firstly, masking tape cannot be trusted. It will still allow the paint to bleed through and leave behind residue. You need to invest in some painters blue tape and ensure that you seal it to the wall by running a putty knife over the edge. This seal prevents any paint of leaking through the tape, and leaves you with the sharp edge you desired.
Canvas drop cloth.
This doesn’t seem important, but have you ever tried to get paint out of carpet? Old bed sheets do not keep paint off your floors, they merely slow it down. Plastic will keep your floors under the cover, but will prevent any spillage from drying. Which means as soon as you step in it, it will be leaving a trail throughout your whole house with you. Invest in some canvas, and have a task that you shouldn’t have to worry about, be taken care of for you.
One job at a time.
The temptation is to break big jobs down and start with the edges or corners. This is a mistake. Sure all the fiddly bits will be looked after first, but some will dry before you can get back to the rest of that wall. So you are going to have uneven brush strokes and a double layer of paint in places. A finished wall should appear seamless, so don’t let your starting point be visible to the world.