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Painting Tips for a Flawless Finish

Interior painting isn’t intuitive, although it seems as though it should be. Most of us are familiar with the concept of painting a flat surface; but completing a professional looking interior paint job is another kettle of fish entirely. Painters Colwyn Bay are professionals with years of experience, here are some professionally recommended tips to make your next paint job go smoother and faster.

Use Latex Gloves

Latex gloves are great for keeping your hands clean whilst you’re painting. Water-based interior latex paint is fairly easy to clean off hands, but if you’re using enamel or oil-based paint cleaning can become more challenging. 

Maintain a Wet Edge to Avoid Overlap Marks

Always try to keep a wet edge as you paint and work away from that edge. The glossier the paint, the more prone it will be to showing overlap marks. Semi-gloss and glossy paint demand strict attention to be paid to maintaining a wet edge. With flat or matte paint, there is virtually no danger of creating overlap marks. 

Use Masking Film to Cover Clean Areas

Masking film is one of those secret tools that professional interior painters use frequently, yet many DIYers know nothing about it. Masking film is a thin plastic sheet which either comes in folded up squares or rolls. Its thinness is the key to making it work; unlike thicker plastic sheeting (often used to cover furniture), masking film grabs onto the flat surface and stays in place on its own. Except for bringing the film adjacent to the edge of a painted surface, there is no real need to tape it down. 

Buy High-Quality Roller Covers & Brushes

Cheaper, low-quality roller covers leave unwanted fuzz and lint on the freshly painted walls; once embedded in the paint and it dries, you’re left with bumpy walls which are difficult to fix. Low-quality brushes leave streak marks, instead, buy in some high-quality brushes and be meticulous about the maintenance of your expensive brushes. 

Some DIYers make the mistake of buying inexpensive chip brushes; these should not be used for interior painting, they should be used for applying glues, solvents and adhesives. When it comes to your painting tools, it’s worthwhile to pay that little bit extra for better tools as in the end your surface will have a better finish. 

Wrap the Roller or Brush to Avoid Cleaning

At the end of a hard day's painting, you need to deal with the picking up and cleaning -  the part which most people dread is cleaning the rollers and brushes. Brushes are hard to clean, but using a paint comb helps immensely. Rollers are much more difficult to clean, as it can seem like no matter how many times you wash the roller, it still dries out too stiff to use again. 

Yet, there is a secret to avoiding this cleaning nightmare. If you know that you’ll be painting again before long, you can preserve your brush or roller with the paint still in it, either by:

  • Freezing them: wrap the roller or brush in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer.

  • Wrap them: if you dislike the idea of putting roller covers or brushes in the freezer, you can simply wrap them and keep at room temperature. 

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