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Getting A Smooth Finish

Los Angeles residential painting pros know what it takes to get that smooth finish on a wall. It comes from years of experience, but it also comes from using a flashlight.

Yes, a flashlight.

After you have put down the first coat of paint, turn off the lights in a room. Hold a flashlight against the wall and turn it on. Slowly spin the light so it shines along the wall in a giant circle.

You’re looking for shadows. A shadow means the surface is less than smooth.

Some of these shadows are going to be tiny. That’s nothing to worry about. What you’re really looking for are areas where you had to put spackle over holes or repair the wall in some fashion. Big long shadows mean a a large imperfection on the wall.

Once you find the spots, then you have to decide what to do about them.

Valleys, bumps, dents and such need to be filled in. Hills and bumps need to be sanded down.

You can look for these spots before painting, depending on the kinds of repairs you did, but if you plan two or more coats o f pains, it’s best to lay down the first coat and then shine on! to find the bad spots.

Here’s a few Los Angeles residential painting tips to get the smoothest finish on wood:

• Use 120-grit sandpaper on wood that’s never been painted. If the wood has been painted before, use the flashlight method to find the spots that need work. Sand down the bumps with 220-grit and be sure to push the sandpaper in the same direction as the grain of the wood.

• Dust. You can wipe down walls with a damp sponge.

• Paint with the grain of the wood. Use long strokes and keep them parallel.

If it sounds like more than you’d like to do, call the Los Angeles residential painting pros at R&S Painting Plus at (310) 299-6721.

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