DIY: A “general rule” to remember when painting for a “smoother” application and finish

Painting is a common DIY work that homeowners do to improve their properties. Although it may seem simple, it can be difficult to get professional-looking results. Michael Rowland, in-house expert and managing director of The Paint Shed, shared his top tips to make painting less stressful. The expert explained, “It may seem obvious, but making sure your walls are immaculate before you start painting will result in a smoother finish and application.

“Use a damp cloth on the surface of the wall, you can also use sugar soap or a mixture of washing up liquid and water if you need a more thorough cleaning of high-traffic areas or those that have been exposed to grease.

“Don’t forget to check hidden areas like behind radiators to keep the paint as clean as possible. Although you don’t necessarily need to paint this spot, the dust that remains may make its way into your paint.”

The expert also recommended washing all the paint brushes you intend to use.

This will help remove any loose hairs that could spoil the finish of the walls.

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It is recommended to wash it in a mixture of diluted washing-up liquid and fabric softener.

Michael continued, “The general rule to remember when it comes to painting any room, is to paint in the correct order. You should always start at the top and work your way down. This means that ceilings come before walls and walls come before panels.”

“Start by mixing paint and then on a ladder cut along the ceiling with a brush. Then with a roller attached to an extension pole, you can paint the rest of the ceiling. Repeat this process when painting walls, brushing for edges and then a roller before working your way down.”

“Keep a clean, damp rag on hand to quickly remove any bugs, if a drop of paint runs onto the floor over the woodwork, you can quickly wipe it up before it dries.”

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According to the expert, this will get a “professional finish”.

“If you find painter/adhesive tape difficult to remove, especially if it’s been left in for too long,” said Michel, “this hack will be a lifesaver. Hold your hair dryer and blow hot air over the tape, this will reactivate the adhesive making it easier to remove!”

“Take your time lifting the painter’s tape, pulling it back on itself, and removing it at a 45-degree angle.”

Wall painting should always be done in natural daylight.

According to the expert, this will reveal the need for another layer or any missing partitions.

Michael added: “You may not realize it, but lighting can have a huge impact on the appearance of a paint, so you should avoid painting interior surfaces in dim light. A painted surface may look fine at first, but when you open windows or turn on bright lights, it’s likely You see thin spots and other imperfections.

“Exterior paint projects should not be carried out in direct sunlight. This will cause the paint to dry very quickly which means it is impossible to avoid scuff marks, drips, and blemishes.

“Be sure to chase shade, know roughly where the sun is all day, and remember that it rises in the east and sets in the west. If your garden is a sun catcher, make sure you start painting early in the morning and in the afternoon/early evening when you are not The sun is at its zenith.”

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