While there is no doubt that you can do an okay job of painting your room, seasoned painters are in a league of their own. With sheer skill and experience, they have a precise knowledge of how to do the job in the most efficient and effective of ways. Contract painters have plenty of tricks up their sleeves that help them organize each task efficiently and flawlessly to get the job done considerably faster than the average homeowner. In light of this, mentioned below are some of the best-kept secrets of contract painters, barely scratch the surface.
Secrets of Painting Wizards
- Painting the Trim before the Ceiling and the Walls
Professional painting contractors normally follow a routine, which consists of a step by step approach to painting a particular room. What a majority of pro painters do is paint the trim before anything else. Then they paint the ceiling and then finally, the walls. The reason why they do this in this order is it’s far more convenient and efficient to tape the trim than to tape the walls. Taping both things is certainly out of the question!
When the pros are busy painting the trim, they don’t worry about having to be tidy. They focus on a smooth and nice finish on the trim. And you don’t have to fret when some of the paint ends up splashing the wall; you can always cover that later when you start painting them. After painting the trim, leave it to dry for 24 hours before taping it off. And make sure you incorporate the use of the ‘easy release’ tape all professional painters utilize.
- Avoiding Lap Marks
To ensure that you don’t leave any lap marks, always roll paint over the full extent of the wall and always keep the paint wet on the edge. Lap marks are those unsightly stripes and blobs of uneven paint layers. Lap marks occur when you make the mistake of rolling paint over the part of the wall that is partially dry. Remember, during dry conditions or hot weather, latex paint doesn’t even take 2 minutes to stiffen. So, the secret of avoiding lap marks is to keep the edge of wall wet so that each time you stroke, it ends ups overlapping the previous stroke before it dries.
- Empty the Room before your Begin Painting
This does indeed go without saying, but most average painters tend to cover things that are not easy to move and don’t clear it adequately. What pros do is move things that are too big, placing them in the center of the room, and then cover the furniture or the cupboard with a big plastic sheet. You can also use canvas.
- Avoiding Dripping Paint
Masking tape is perfect for covering all the wood, but only if you apply it adequately. Professional painters clean off grime, dust buildups and all the lint from the edges of the wooden trim using a partially wet or damp cloth. After the trim is clean, take the tape and firmly place it on the wall and begin taping the trim, covering all the edges.
Take a putty knife and press against the entire length of the wall. The tape professionals use is two times wider than a regular masking tape. After you tape the trims, it is important to ensure that you have flared the spread in order to protect it from those annoying paint drips.
The Bottom Line
All in all, these are some of the best-kept secrets that can now apply whenever you paint your room next.