Painting? The Right Way To Get The Job Done

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Tools for a paint job

Are you wondering if the painter or paint crew that you hired is doing the job right? If you want a flawless finish don’t rely on their expertise alone, be involved and informed about the complete process. Have your home painted to perfection by ensuring that the correct procedure is followed.

Here’s the ‘how-to’ guide to doing paint right!

Sanding the walls

Sanding walls makes uneven surfaces smooth. Professional should use medium pressure to scrape the walls with good quality sand paper that must be replaced when it gets caked. Decorative moldings should be cleaned with the help of damp sanding sponge.

Clean the walls with a dry cloth or a vacuum cleaner after sanding to remove any debris or excess powder.

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Walls are evened out with sandpaper

Patch-Up Putty

For an even wall surface, ask the crew to first fill the holes and the cracks with putty using a putty knife. Putty will take time to dry and sometimes sink into the hole and may require another application. Once the putty is dry, sandpaper is used to make it smooth and even with the wall’s surface.

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Putty is used to fill holes and repair cracks

The Right Tools

The right tools make all the difference; they can save you time, money, and prep time too! For a quick and effective paint job it’s essential that the paint crew choose the tools right. For example certain paint rollers transfer paint onto the walls while others create a discrete line free texture. Also, choosing an angled brush prevents paint from staining cupboards. An angled brush needs a steady hand but is less prep work than using masking tape around every door window and switchboard.

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Masking tape or painter’s tape protects your door and window frames

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Decorative moldings should be cleaned with a brush

Primer

The next step is applying a coat of primer and leaving it to dry overnight. Primer helps paint to adhere to the walls; it essentially primes the wall for paint and blocks stains from showing through. Professional painters sometimes use a tint of the final colour in the primer for an evenly shaded finished wall. A coat of primer is a must to achieve a neat finish especially if you choose a dark hued paint, or if putty has been applied to walls.

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Primer to help adhere paint to the walls

Painting Edges

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Paint the border with an angled brush

Once walls have been primed, it is now the time to start painting the walls. Starting with the edges, painters should use a 2 ½ inch angled brush and dip not more than 1/3rd of the brush in paint. Tapping the brush removes excess product preventing drips. At least 2 inches along the border of wall should be painted and the centre area can then be filled in with a paint roller.

Roller Brush

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Using a roller to apply paint

The surface area of the wall is painted using a roller. A roller is wet with water or else with thinner depending on the paint being used. Water is used for latex based paints and thinner for oil based paints.  A roller is usually used with a paint tray, it helps to apply paint and remove excess.  While painting a ‘W’ or M’ motion is used throughout the walls. The roller should not leave the surface of the wall during the entire process until it needs another application of paint from the tray. Leave the walls to dry after completing the job.

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A perfectly painted blue room

Your perfect paint job is now complete! Hope you prepped like we suggested in our post on ‘The painting prep list - Before you start’, to save you many hours of clean up time.

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