Painting can be a daunting task. You have to move furniture or cover them. You have to fix walls if there are holes or imperfections. To ease the pain of labour, here are some tips to make life easier when painting.
Prep is important. The better the prep you do, the less running around you have to do when painting. Have all your materials available in the room or near you. You can just concentrate on painting and not worry about getting certain materials you need or getting other tasks done.
Clean the walls with a dry rag or with a good soft broom to get rid of dust or cobwebs that are hard to see and can stick to the paint and brushes.
Always keep a moist rag to wipe up any messes. There are sure going to be accidental drips or slips so having one or two wiping rags handy can clean up messes quick before things dry out and are harder to clean.
Be consistent with your pressure and don’t look back at the fresh coat you did until it’s dry because you are likely to second guess your work and sometimes overdo it by going back all the time and trying to “fix” a spot you think needs better coverage.
Don’t put the paint on the paintbrush or rollers too thick or else it drips on the walls and will splatter more.
Do the cutting in first. It’s a good idea to have a couple of people doing the painting as one can do the cutting in one area first and the other can roll on the paint on the bigger surface areas after.
Hire professionals. This is a great option if you don’t have the time or the skills you to do it. Professionals like GB Painters can do it quick and at convenient times. Even if you’re on a budget, you can negotiate and get a great price for painting services.
Work left to right or right to left whatever is easy for you to work from one end of a wall to the other end.
When you take a break, have some plastic bags handy into which you can store the rollers and brushes. This will slow down the drying of the paint. For longer breaks, you can put the wrapped brushes in the fridge or freezer.
Don’t skimp on the quality of paint brushes and rollers. The cheap brushes will come apart when cutting and leave pieces on the wall or area you’re painting which is annoying to have to take off. Good quality rollers also will absorb paint better and spread it evenly.
Get a drop sheet. Go to a fabric store and find cheap fabric to use as a drop sheet. It’s better than a plastic drop sheet as it’s not as slippery and it will absorb the paint splattered on it.
Have a large ladder or a step ladder handy to reach higher areas. You can also use a roller extension (it can be a broomstick attached to the roller) if you don’t have a ladder.
For quick drying time, have a fan handy to ventilate the room after you’re done painting. You could also open windows if there are any if it’s not raining or heavy with moisture outside.