You might be wondering what those secrets are, and to quench that thirst of yours, we have come up with five painting secrets that you must know:
1. Sand is your painting partner
Yes, you read it right—sand will greatly help you in painting, and we will tell you how and why.
To paint, you need a smooth surface, and that is where sand will help. Sanding helps in leveling out joint-compound patches or spackle and flattens the ridges that may be around nail holes. It helps in the removal of rough spots and burrs.
You will have to sand the walls from the ceiling to the baseboard with the help of a grit sanding paper. Afterward, sand in the horizontal direction. Make sure you do not put too much pressure while sanding the walls.
2. Press Tape with the help of a Puffy Knife
Peeling the tape off the woodwork is a really tedious task, and what is more disheartening is finding that the peeling process caused the paint to smudge. In order to avoid such pain, you will have to pay attention from the very start.
Here is what you must do: apply tape on the wood, and then, with the help of a puffy knife, press upon the tape. This method will prevent bleeding away of paint.
It is recommended that you use blue painter’s tape rather than masking tape since the latter leaves behind stickiness which is difficult to remove. Moreover, paint can result in the tape getting wavy.
Follow the tips and your painting job will be as smooth as ever!
3. Canvas drop cloths to the rescue
Use of bed sheets as drop cloths should be avoided. A thin piece of the sheet will not prevent splattering and spilling. The wet paint will find a way to your shoes and you will know very well when you track your steps.
Professionals make use of canvas drop cloths—these clothes are not slippery and can easily absorb splatters. These clothes will protect your floor and are easily movable.
4. Finish one wall before hopping on to another
You must not rush up the painting work. Painting on the wall is one kind of work which requires an immense amount of patience from the painter, and therefore, one wall at a time.
It might appear easy to paint all corners in a room, and then go back to the walls, but you are wrong. If you stick to one wall at a time, you will enable smooth blend of the rolled and brushed paint, and this will, of course, make your wall look pretty.
5. Colour consistency is the rule
In painting wall Colors in cans may vary, despite being same in name. It is, therefore, highly recommended that you mix the cans of paint into a bucket—this process is known as boxing.
Professionals follow this method since it eliminates the requirement of pouring paint into a roller tray. The only drawback is that the bucket is hard to move.