A first-class paint job takes time, patience and the right tools. Knowing a few paint tricks can have you painting like a pro in no time.
Are you ready to learn the five painting tricks to getting your paint job done quickly and properly? If you follow these tips, you’ll be surprised at the speed and quality of your work.
Read more to learn how to prepare the room, get prep work done, apply primers, and paint the woodwork, ceilings, and walls.
1. Prepare the Room
Begin by organizing your work so you don’t have to stop. Here are a few tips for preparing the room for painting just like the pros at Spokane House Painting.
- Remove as much furniture as you can
- Put any heavy furniture in the center of the room, and cover it with plastic
- Cover the floor with canvas drop cloths
- Buy enough primer and paint to finish the job
- Remove light fixture covers and cover the bases with plastic
Once you’ve completed the room preparations, it’s time to start prepping for painting.
2. Patch and Sand Walls and Woodwork
Check your walls and woodwork for any holes or cracks that need patching. Apply joint compound to any damaged areas. You might need two coats to completely fill holes and cracks.
Once your patches dry, start sanding walls, woodwork and ceiling patches with fine sandpaper to smooth them out.
Next, dull the glossy woodwork using fine sandpaper or deglosser. This gives you better paint adhesion. Also, clean any dirt or oil stains off the walls.
3. Prime Walls and Woodwork
Apply primer to your woodwork and walls to seal any patches you made or if you’re changing the wall color to a lighter shade. The primer seals the wall and improves the bonding of the new paint.
Once the primer dries, you can begin painting the ceiling.
4. Begin Painting the Ceiling and Woodwork
Paint the ceiling first. Begin on the perimeter of the ceiling, cutting in the paint with a paintbrush. Then, roll your first coat of paint on the whole ceiling. When that dries, apply a second coat.
Once your ceiling dries, apply the first coat of trim paint to the woodwork. Blend your brush strokes by gently lifting the bristles upward. If the coverage looks good, you can move on to the wall when it dries.
5. Paint the Walls
Let your woodwork dry overnight and apply painter’s tape around the windows and door frames. Begin painting your walls by cutting into the corners, around the woodwork and the electric boxes with a paintbrush as you paint the room.
Next, begin painting the walls with a roller that’s 9-inches wide and has a three-quarter inch nap. Make sure the wet cut-in paint blends with the rolled areas. Roll from the top to the bottom and from right to left.
Start Painting Like a Pro
Now that you know five painting tricks to paint like a pro, you’re ready to begin your next paint project. Remember, for the best results take the time to organize and prepare a wall for painting.
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