Top Tips to Paint Like A Pro

By StevenGadson

These top tips will help you make your next House Paint job a success, no matter how many walls you have.

Do not wait for dry weather

Avoid painting when it’s rainy because humidity can cause drips and slow drying. Take your time if you have to paint in humid conditions. Use slow drying paint to fix any mistakes before moving on to your next coat. Don’t do too much or it will show once you’re done.

Perform a thorough visual inspection and prep

Cracked, flaking, or peeling areas should be lightly sanded or rubbed (and then thoroughly rinsed), before you apply new primer or paint. The weight of the new paint will cause the old paint to come off. Tom Lee, Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing at Behr, says that ignoring this issue will only lead to wasted time and money. Greasy spots can also be cleaned with soap and rinsed with water. To ensure paint sticks to a clean surface, use a damp cloth to wipe it down.

Purchase High-Quality Roller Covers, Brushes, and Painter’s Tape

You don’t want your paint to be too expensive if you are spending a lot of money on it. Roller covers and brushes that provide excellent coverage are essential to ensure you don’t waste paint time or paint on reapplication. High-end painter’s tape is the best for sealing out drippings and blurred paint.

Know your Nap

Your walls will have more texture so you need a thicker nap to cover your rollers. This will allow your roller cover to reach all crevices and provide complete coverage. If you are painting concrete walls, a thick nap is recommended. A thin nap is better for drywall. A thick nap can cause texture problems. Be sure to tell the salesperson what you intend to paint when you buy your supplies.

Protect Everything You Do Not Want Painted

It will be a great investment of time to cover floors, furniture, and hardware before you start a painting project. Drop cloths are essential. Small plastic sandwich bags with tape can be used to protect doorknobs.

Let the Roller Do All the Work

Premium paints today flow easily and you have already selected a quality roller cover. You don’t need to apply much pressure. Use an extension pole to reach maximum area without straining your back.

Paint from Top to Bottom

Once you have cut your ceiling and baseboard edges with a knife, use your roller for painting from the ceiling down. Pros paint over the mistakes of amateurs who often leave behind traces of paint drips and spatters after a job. It’s best not to touch an area that has dried. It can leave paint streaks and marks if you go back to it.