20 Painting Tips for Successful Coating

Many nightmare painting projects can be avoided by following these modern and easy painting tips to secure long lasting result.  Only with the patience to do the task and not on skipping on them, things won’t turn from bad to worse. 

1.       Prepping and Cleaning the Surfaces

Before applying a new coat of paint there are two things that needs to be done to make sure that the paint sticks and have that smooth finish.

First, prep the surface. Look for any holes, peeling, or flaking on the walls, have them removed and repaired. Second, wash the surfaces of walls and ceilings. Using a damp cloth to clean the surface is often enough.

On surfaces in kitchen and other areas with grease and dirt, you may need to use water that has baking soda dissolved into it. “Rinse” this with clean sponge. This stage of prepping the walls is important. It can affect the overall look of the finish paint job.

2.       Use Tape

Not everyone has a steady set of hands that is why using a painter’s or masking tape can help a lot. Straight lines around doorframes and windowsills are achievable with a tape in hand, providing that desired clean edges. You may want to carefully remove the masking tape once the paint surface is touch dry.

3.       Use Primer

Applying an Indoor Sealer or Outdoor Primer first helps the paint to adhere well and easily on the surface. These products also reinforce the underlying surface so that it won’t chip either. Outdoor Primer also helps to protect the wall from rain. In case your wall is new concrete, these products neutralize the alkaline in the wall without any nasty toxins.

If there is no Sealer or Primer, the paint will still stick but likely not for a very long time. The paint would start to peel from the surface. The Sealer and Primer also help in providing a fresh look and shade of paint and reduce the consumption of actual paint.

4.       Roll Your Paint

Painting a room using a brush is a waste of time. A roller can do the job better and quickly. Most home painters use 25 – 30 cm rollers with medium hair. Be sure to choose paint box to fit your roller. Paint box allows you to regulate the amount of paint on the roller and smoothen up your brush before rolling it on wall.

If you are curious person, why not try out different types of rollers to explore exciting patterns and effects.

5.       Paint Tools and Supplies

Many think that by choosing the cheapest material in the market they get their money’s worth. If you want cheap and good, you more often than not, have to buy one each… Investing in expensive paint tools and supplies is worth it. Good paint and tools have a better life expectancy and produces quality results, therefore are more eco-friendly.

Remember to clean and dry you painting tools properly to ensure long life expectancy. Think economically and environmentally, good quality tools are not disposable but can be used time and again. These tools are important part of ensuring great paint surface, do not skimp on them.

6.       Protect The Floor And Fixtures

If fixtures are too big and can’t be moved out when painting, it is important to have them covered properly. Floors need to be covered as well. This protects them against possible paint drippings that may occur while painting especially when working with the ceiling. To be extra save, be sure you use water based paints so it is easier to remove any wet stains and droppings.

7.       Estimate Accurately the Amount of Paint Needed

It is better to overestimate than underestimate the liters of paint that would be needed to finish the project. But to prevent such an event to occur, calculate just how much it would require in finishing the project.

There are available online calculators that can help with this part. Only they might use “safe” spread rate and overestimate the volume. Instructions on the paint cans always tell what the spread rate of that specific paint is, e.g. how many square meters you can paint with one liter of the paint. Spilling and letting paint dry in pails or boxes increase consumption. Feel free to talk to the paint sales staff in your DIY shop to determine right amount.  

8.       Painting on Wet Surfaces

Let the surface to dry after cleaning it, so the traditional paint to will not blister and peel. Remember to let it dry properly even more so when the weather is quite humid.

Using high quality water based paints on wet surface will not cause the paint blister or peel, but it will get diluted and loose some of its hiding power. This increased your consumption as you will need a second coat.

9.       Painting the Ceiling First

A paint job is best done by working from all the way up to down. Start with the ceiling first to prevent paint from dropping onto a newly painted wall. Also, plan ahead how and where you paint so that you won’t proverbially “paint yourself into the corner”.

10.   Applying Right Amount Of Paint

A thick and heavy coat does not equate to two coats. Instead of making things easy, it would only result into a lot of paint drops all over the area. Sometimes it is wise to even dilute your first coat of water based paint with no more than 10% of clean water. Make sure not to dilute the last coat.

11. Observe Drying Times Before Re-Painting 

All paint cans have instruction about re-painting and drying times. Observe them as being patient about finishing the painting job ensures the success and enjoyable paint surface. So take breather and let the first coat to dry properly before applying the second coat. Follow the instructions on the paint can and you cannot go wrong!

12.   Painting Wood

It is better to replace any damaged or rotten piece of wood first before painting. Many thought that painting over a rotting wood is the solution. No, it is not. It only makes things worse. Only applying good quality paint over healthy wood will provide the solution you want.

13.   Use High Quality Paints From Reliable Source

Branded high quality paints are always coded for colour. If you need to buy touch up paint or simply do not have enough of it, go to reliable source who can tint the correct colour by computerized tinting machines. Be sure to safe keep the colour code of the paint you used for later use.

Many inferior quality paint products are not the same colour even if they are of the same color. 

14. Test the Colors

It is advisable to test the color first at home instead of saying yes immediately upon seeing it in a store. The lighting in the room can affect the look of the colour and the small colour swatches on glossy paper look different from actual painted surface.

15.   Check The Weather Condition

It is important to check the weather for the day or the week of the painting project to ensure successful project. Any paint dries up and cures faster under dry conditions and you are safe yourself in good weather. High relative humidity prolongs the drying up time between the coats and pushes the project time schedule.

16.   Patient Painting

Take your time and paint patiently. This ensures even surface and colour on large areas. Start from a corner and work your way systematically and at moderate pace in one direction without crossing strokes. This provides fine end result that you can be proud of.

17.   Cover Doorknobs, Light Switches, Electric Outlets Etc.

You want a beautiful end result, right? Part of it is clean and neat fixtures such as door knobs, light switches, electric outlets, ceiling lamp and similar fixtures. You can either cover them by using plastic bags, newspapers and of course masking tape. If you are more industrious person, remove the fittings entirely before painting. Be sure to cut off the breaker of any electrical installations and cover them with masking tape or get an Electrician to do this. 

18.  Plan Your Painting Work

Like with any job, it is usually smooth sailing when you plan your work and work your plan. Basic plan includes a material checklist, budget, and timeline. If problems arise in the middle of the project, managing and finding a solution can be done quickly and your own stress level is minimized.

19.   Acquire All Necessary Materials Before Starting 

Plan what materials, tools and consumables you will need to have. Use and check the material list first before starting with the project. This prevents having to go back and forth in a paint store to get the needed tools and supplies. You might be able to save some money to buy materials in cheaper shops instead of nearby expensive one.

20.   Proper Cleaning and Storage

The cleaning and storage is crucial just as the planning and prepping stage. Proper cleaning and storage can help to keep things organize. When the paint or other materials are required to continue the work or for a quick touch up, they can be easily found.  

Remember that to get a good result in any project being patient is the way to go. Everyone knows that great things come to those who patiently work.  If you need a hand don’t be afraid to ask for help. Things will get easier with another set of hands and brains when accomplishing a project.