Ever wondered how the professionals achieve such flawless and streak free results? With years of industry experience and a few tricks and tips learned along the way, here are five painting secrets from R&S to teach you how to achieve professional paint results.
- Clean Your Canvas
Dust, grime, and grease that sits on your walls and that isn’t washed off before you start your paint project can result in bumpy paint job and oftentimes loss of color in the final results. Take a washcloth and an empty bucket and fill it with warm water and some dishwashing detergent mixed in. If you have used any putty to fill up holes from nails or screws, run some sand paper over the top to make sure that will degrade the final results.
- Use Tinted Primer
Whenever you are painting bright colors onto the wall, ditch the white primer and instead opt for a tinted primer. This will help you to reduce the total number of coats that will be required to achieve your desired color palette; thus saving you a significant amount of time and perhaps even some money.
- Press a Screwdriver on the Ceiling Edges
The edge between the ceiling and the top portion of the wall can be one of the most frustrating spots to paint, especially if you have a texture ceiling with small bumps that like to attract paint. Grab a flat edge screwdriver and place the tip directly on on that edge and apply pressure to create a small indent. This indent will give you paint job a much straighter appearance and will make it easier to paint that ridge line without having to wash paint off the ceiling or taking extreme measures to prevent this common frustration.
- Wash the Roller Before Use
Wash your paint roller every time, regardless of whether you are using a newly purchased paint roller or not. In the manufacturing of these rollers, strings, fuzz, or dust might have accumulated on the roller that you will be rolling off your walls shortly and you don’t want to transfer any of these materials. Use soap and water and dry it thoroughly before beginning your project.
- Reinvigorate Your Brushes
After your project is all said and done, heat up a pan of vinegar on your stovetop until it begins to boil, and then remove it from the heat source. Dip your paintbrushes into the pan of vinegar and allow them to sit for ½-1 hour until the paint begins to come off. You’ll want to wash them with warm water afterwards, but your paintbrushes should be relatively free from dried paint and ready to use again.