General Painting Techniques

  • Stir the paint well before painting. Don’t use the brush when mixing.
  • Begin painting by working your way down from the ceiling. It is also better to paint the corner and the trims before going into the walls.
  • To minimize roller marks and brush strokes start from dry to wet.
  • Remember not to overload the brushes or rollers with paint.  
  • Always remember to have a wet edge
  • To get a crisp line when painting the trim, it is better to hold the brush narrowly rather than the natural way.
  • Remember to paint in a long and continuous stroke.
  • The number of coat depends on the paint color used. Good quality paints only require two top coats. Inferior paints, especially in Dark and vivid colours require at least three or more colors to achieve smooth finish paint.
  • Always read and follow the instructions on the paint can.
  • Let the paint dry as instructed in between coat.

 

WHEN USING A BRUSH

  • Paint with a left and right motion or up and down.
  • To avoid paint runs, dip the brush for only a quarter or half an inch into the paint. Then wipe one side off the edge of the container. This also helps in keeping a brush in good condition.
  • To keep the paint from coming into the metal part of the brush or ferrule, wet your brush and remove most of the water before painting.

 

WHEN USING A ROLLER

  • Wash the roller cover with a liquid soap first before painting. This is to get rid of the fuzz that would come off once painting starts.
  • Use a roller frame when painting the ceiling.
  • Use right size paint box to get just the right amount of paint evenly spread on your roller.
  • Watch for stripes caused by excessive paint on either end of your roller and work from dry area towards the wet. Finish each roll “run” properly.

 

SAFETY 101

  • If you are using solvent based paints or solvents, make sure that the room is properly ventilated. A fan can be used to assist in ventilating the area. Prefer using odourless 0 VOC paints to avoid this hazard.
  • Use a dust mask when sanding or using products that has fumes warnings.
  • Ensure that a ladder or any platform used is rock-steady before stepping on it.
  • To reduce the ladder trips use an extension handle with a roller.