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Painting - Tips of the Trade!
 
 
 

Painting takes a really steady hand to produce quality workmanship! A professional painter has a trained hand and carries a wealth of knowledge on types of paint, sheens, finishes and techniques.

Here are some painting tips from a few of our skilled painting contractors.

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Professional Painting Tips:

 

Loading a Paint Brush
Cutting In
Loading a Roller
Rolling a Wall

 
 
 
 
 

Loading a Paint Brush:

 

Do not allow the full length of the bristles to dip into the paint. If you do, you'll end up with excess paint running down the handle while you're cutting in.

You do not need to wipe the brush off against the rim of the paint can. If you do, you'll end up with too little paint in your brush and you will need to reload more often.

If your brush starts to "finger", or clump together because it has been allowed to run dry, clean your brush with a comb and spin it dry. Start over, but this time don't let your brush get too dry!

  • Dip your brush into the paint can, roughly halfway up the bristles.
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  • Tap your brush against one side of the paint can.
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  • Tap your brush against the other side of the paint can.
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Cutting In:

Once you've loaded your brush you can use the following tips to cut in along a ceiling, trim, or where two walls meet.

The first picture shows how to position your brush. The second demonstrates the shape you should achieve with the proper pressure on the brush. The third and fourth detail the actual technique of cutting in.

The bristles at the peak of the oval will create the top of your clean new line. To aid in steadying your hand, you can "grease the path" that your brush will take with a quick stroke of paint below your cutting line.

Continue along this cutting line until your paint begins breaking up. Bring your brush down from the line and feather out the paint.

Reload and repeat.

  • Position your paint brush so that it is parallel to the straight edge that you are about to paint along.
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  • Press your paint brush against the surface until it forms an oval shape.
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  • Pull your brush along the surface and bring it up to the straight line that you're cutting in.
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  • Keep a steady hand and your eye just ahead of the brush.
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Loading a Roller:

It is ideal to get a lint-free roller. However, if your roller is not lint-free, or you're not sure, wrap the roller in tape (painter's tape or masking tape) and pull it off to remove loose lint fibers.

Precondition your sleeve so that it absorbs the paint evenly. If you're working with latex, wet the sleeve with water and spin it dry. If it is an oil-based paint that you'll be using, precondition it with paint thinner and spin dry.

Working the roller into the grid at the top of the tray pushes out excess paint that would drip off. It also spreads the paint evenly through the sleeve. This will allow your cage and sleeve to roll smoothly along the wall. The sleeve should spin, not drag, when rolling the wall.

Once you have completely coated your roller and worked it into the sleeve you will be fully loaded and ... Ready to Roll!

  • Fill the tray with paint until it is about half full.
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  • Roll the roller down into the paint. Once a third of the roller sleeve is coated lift it back up the grid.
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  • Roll it down the grid and into the paint coating another third of the roller.
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  • Roll down again to coat the final third of the roller sleeve and work it into the grid.
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Rolling a Wall:

An extension pole will enable you to paint all the way up to the cut in area at the ceiling, and back down to the cut in at the baseboards.

Wipe off drips or paint that may have ended up on the wrong spot quickly with a clean rag.

Paint your way around the room in one direction, always working from a freshly painted edge. Don't start or stop painting half way through a wall or ceiling, as it will be noticeable when it dries.

You should avoid letting your roller run completely dry, or the paint will dry on the roller and leave patterns on the wall.

  • Place your loaded roller mid-wall and roll out a “W”. This will distribute the new paint evenly.
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  • Go back over the “W”, filling in the blanks. Keep rolling until you have blended in the “W and coated the wall evenly.
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  • Refill and roll the next segment of the wall until the room is done.
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