Expert Painting Tips
5th May 2021
We know better than anyone that painting can be a love/hate relationship. Our experts have trialled and tested many painting projects over the years, so we put together their top tips!
- Tool Station: You’ll need a tool station in the middle of the room before starting to paint. Gather together your paint, brushes, rollers, hammers, screwdrivers, plastic bags, plastic wrap, rags, paint can opener and drop cloths.
- Patch up: Patch cracks and holes, put masking tape around doors and windows, and cover wall and ceiling light fixtures removing light bulbs, with large plastic bags.
- Clear out all the furniture and accessories: Take everything off the walls. If you can’t move everything out, place the furniture and lamps in the middle of the room and cover them with a good drop cloth. Be sure that you tape the cloth around the furniture. Then put a second cover of plastic or old sheet over everything.
- Fix them before you start with the paint. In each of our stores, all of our staff are experts in their field and they will advise you on the best products for the job.
- Wide cracks and large holes can be filled with a one stop filler.
- Tint the Primer a coat of primer is key to obtaining great-looking results. Primer serves three main functions:
- it blocks stains and resinous knots from bleeding through
- it provides one-coat coverage for the paint topcoat
- most importantly, it improves adhesion, which greatly reduces blisters and extends the life of the topcoat
TIP: Tint the primer toward the finished colour by mixing a small amount of topcoat paint into the primer.
- Roll With a Pole: Forget the ladder and get an extension pole for your paint roller. Extension poles come in various sizes, but one that extends from about 18in to 30in offers plenty of reach for painting rooms with ceilings that are 9 ft or lower.
- Record the Colour: Keep track of the brand name and colour of the paint used, so you can buy more when it’s time to touch-up or repaint the room.