Painting your home can be a daunting task, but armed with the right insider tips, you can transform your space with confidence and efficiency. Industry experts share their top tips with us - these valuable insights might not be common knowledge but can make a significant difference in your painting experience.
1. Treat Paint Cans Wisely
When it comes to sealing paint cans, it’s important to get a proper seal to preserve your paint. Follow these steps for effective sealing:
Clean the lid rim thoroughly to remove excess paint.
Cover the lid with a clean cloth and press down using the heel of your hand.
If hand pressure isn't sufficient, lightly tap around the lid's circumference with a plastic mallet.
Always keep the cloth in place to prevent paint splatters during the sealing process.
2. Keep the Workplace Clean
Maintaining a clean workspace is crucial for a successful paint job. Experts recommend the following tools to stay on top of the mess:
A dedicated trash container for paint jobs.
Spray cleaner for quick clean-up of drips and splatters.
Dust pan, hand brush, and broom for regular cleaning.
A vacuum for larger jobs.
Vacuuming the floor after completing the paint job.
3. Invest in Extension Poles of Varying Lengths
Achieving a professional finish requires reaching high and difficult-to-access areas without compromising safety. Invest in extension poles of varying lengths to minimize ladder use and improve efficiency.Hamilton’s supplies 2.5m and 3m extension poles.
4. Drop Sheets Must Overlap
Ensure complete protection by overlapping drop sheets. Professionals recommend a minimum of 10cm of overlap to prevent any exposure of surfaces to potential spills or drips. Use masking tape or double-sided tape to hold drop-sheets together.Additional drop sheet tips include:
· Folding them for easy placement and
· Periodic cleaning with a leaf blower to remove hidden dust and paint chips.
5. Load the Brush Properly
Properly loading a paintbrush is an essential skill for achieving a flawless finish. Experts suggest:
· Dip the brush (no more than ½ way up the bristles),
· Tap off excess paint (do not wipe the brush against the rim of the can to remove excess paint – this pushes the bristles together and prevents the brush from loading correctly).
· Practice your technique in less-visible areas before tackling more prominent surfaces.
6. Invest in Multiple Scrapers
A variety of scraper shapes and types is essential for efficiently removing paint from different surfaces. When buying scrapers it is important to describe the job that needs to be done and the type of surface – this will help determine which scraper will work best for your needs.
7. Press and Sometimes Push Masking Tape
Proper application of masking tape is crucial for clean edges. Sometimes it is necessary to push the tape into corners, particularly when protecting the edge of carpets. Additionally, pulling the tape soon after painting ensures a clean removal. Tape should be removed while the paint is still wet.
8. Store or Replace Hardware
Keep removed hardware (handles, screws, light-switch cover plates etc) organized in clean containers to prevent loss and maintain cleanliness. emphasizes the importance of replacing dirty or worn-out hardware to achieve a polished finish.
Bonus tip: Use masking tape to attach screws to their related hardware.
9. Trim Brushes
Inspect and trim brush filaments with small, sharp scissors to prevent unsightly paint smears. Properly trimmed brushes contribute to a well-trimmed and protected paint job.
10. Trim Rollers
Similar to brushes, trim rollers for optimal performance. Trimming fibres or tufts ensures a clean application and extends the working life of quality rollers.
Note: Hamilton’s paint rollers have a bevelled edge which reduces paint “build-up” on the sides of the roller.
11. Use Two Putty Knives
Professionals recommend having both flexible and stiff putty knives for various tasks, including pressing in spackle and scraping dirty channels. Having both types on hand provides versatility for different painting challenges.
12. Light the Work Area
Ensure a well-lit work area to detect imperfections and flaws in the paint job. Work lights are essential for illuminating dark corners, even in well-lit rooms, stairways, or closets.
By incorporating these insider painting tips into your next project, you'll elevate your painting skills and achieve a more professional and polished finish. Happy painting!