When you take time and observe how expert painters carry out themselves during any paint job, you will realize that their steps and tactics of doing work are unique and outstanding. For you to follow in the footsteps of well-known painting professionals here are some tips to consider when painting.
- Quality working tools.
Consider top-quality tools and equipment that will be able to sustain your work for a lifetime. Tools that guarantee you peace of mind as you undertake your daily routine job. First off, begin with a good roller pin, after that extend your reach, and control by adding a sturdy wooden handle. You can alternatively screw in a forty-eight-inch pole towards the far end of the pole. Desist from buying second sleeves even though it is tempting, mainly because such covers do not hold up to the standards expected of them.
For easier loading of the cover when working on larger surfaces, use a five-gallon bucket and not a paint tray. Consider the use of roller trays only when working on a smaller area that only needs little paint jobs. For instance, for the bedroom and kitchen, you only need a small amount of paint to get the job done.
- Start with the edges.
Rollers do not have the ability to reach small or tight corners around the house. Consult with any experienced individual or expert and begin painting your home from the edges. Using a small brush, paint all edges and along ceilings and inside corners.
- Sweep stroke painting.
For you to paint in a professional style, begin from nearly one-foot from the floor and finish at about six-foot below the ceiling. As you roll your paint role upwards at a slight angle, apply minimum pressure on the rolling stick. Quickly spread the paint by moving back and forth towards the edges of the room.
- Keep a wet edge.
Dip your roller back into the paint and advance through to the next walls. As you do this, remember to keep a wet edge to avoid any unnecessary errors during the paint job. The main idea is to come up with a particular working sequence to enable you to work smoothly without delays and stops. Such stops give the paint time to dry off which is not healthy for the painting job.
- Blend and smoothen the paint.
As you perform this step, it is important to note that you are not required to roll back into the paint bucket. Therefore, roll back and forth over the area you just painted to come up with a smooth finish blending the color. Do not apply excessive force and slightly overlap the previously set color. Around corners, roll in a careful manner without actually touching the adjacent walls.
- Smoothen the ceiling with longer strokes without dipping the roll back into the paint.
With this process, you are likely to encounter brush marks made by the roller brush and do not match the texture of the roller. Ensure you cover all brush marks by being extra careful when rolling closer to moldings, corners, and the ceiling.
- Empty your roll before washing.
After completion of the day’s work, ensure the roller you just used is entirely clean. Rinse off any excess paint from the roller before you rinse with water. Alternatively, you can use special tools designed for cleaning painter’s rollers.
- Washing the roller.
Washing your roller is an easy task. With warm water and detergent, rinse and wipe the roller using your fingers just to ensure complete lathering out. With a clean mat, the next step is set to be much easier.