7 Top Tips on Painting like the Professionals

7 Top Tips on Painting like the Professionals

Every professional painting contractor has their own different methods and preferences, but there are a few things they all agree on. Here’s a quick run-down of 7 methods to use for that professional result.

1. Paint in Dry Weather

We’re blessed with pretty good weather in the Eastern Cape, but rain and humidity can put a damper on both your interior painting projects, as well as the exterior walls. The wetter the weather, the slower the paint dries.  

If you absolutely must paint in damp weather, take your time and avoid drips. Use the slow drying time to correct your errors before applying the next coat.

2. Put Effort into Painting Preparations

Many DIY painters think they can just slap on a few coats, then put down the brush and crack open a brew. In reality, you should prep your walls carefully for professional results.

Cracking and peeling areas must be sanded or scraped, and washed. If you paint over existing paint, the weight of the new primer and paint will pull the old paint loose. If you skip this part, you’ll just end up throwing away time and money on a flaky, ugly mess.  

3. Buy Good Quality Paint Brushes and Rollers

Most homeowners accept that decent paint is more expensive  – but they want to pinch pennies when it comes to equipment. Quality brushes and rollers give a smooth and even result.

Paint brushes are good for smaller areas, or if you want to create brushstroke effects. If you clean your brushes properly, they’ll last for future projects or touch-ups.

Paint rollers are for larger painting areas. You should pick your paint roller size according to the kind of job you’re doing.

Rollers are available in sizes from mini to 45cm. Smaller rollers are great for those fiddly woodwork areas. For ceilings, choose a standard (+-23cm) roller, the larger sizes are heavier and will make your arms tired quickly! For large wall areas, the 45cm rollers give you a fast effective result.

4. Choose Your Roller Nap Carefully

“Roller nap” refers to the thickness of the paint roller cover. They come in various thicknesses. If your walls have texture, a thicker nap is better, as it can reach into crevices and give complete coverage.

A 5mm nap holds less paint, and is good for a smooth quality finish using water based or oil based gloss or semi-gloss paints. They are mostly used for painting cupboards and doors. 12mm are the most commonly used for walls and ceilings.

5. Take Time To Cover Everything

The time you take to cover your floors, furniture, and hardware is never wasted. Obviously try to move whatever you can into another room, to be on the safe side – but not everything is movable.

Plastic drop cloths are the obvious choice to protect your floors and furnishings as they’re less expensive, but spilled paint won’t be absorbed – if you don’t notice it, you can tramp it around the house. Buy the thickest plastic you can afford, and tape it down securely,

Some professionals use canvas drop cloths. These absorb paint, so there’s less risk of accidents – and they’re highly durable and re-usable. They are also more expensive, so perhaps not worth the investment unless you own a lot of properties and paint regularly!

Plastic sandwich bags secured with tape are a great way to protect doorknobs.

6. Remove Electrical Outlet and Light Switch Covers

You might be tempted to skip this step, thinking you’ll just paint extra carefully around these areas, but accidents happen. Removing them only takes a few minutes if you’re handy with a screwdriver.

If you get paint on them, you’ll be irritated every time you see it!

7. Use Primer

Primer contains synthetic resin and other substances that make porous and rough surfaces smooth and waterproof. Paint sticks better to primed surfaces – so it seems like a no-brainer to use it, right?

Some paint manufacturers make something called self-priming paint, or paint-and-primer-in-one. You could be tempted to go this route as a DIY painter with limited time. This is OK if you have a very clean, smooth surface, but it’s not recommended for old or rough walls – or wood.

Not everyone has the time or wants the stress of DIY painting! If you’re looking for an experienced painting company who can handle your project in Port Elizabeth and surrounds, WB Paint Projects have done it all, big and small!

We’re knowledgeable about a range of different painting techniques, finishes and tools. Call us today on 083 500 2841 for an obligation-free quote, satisfaction is guaranteed!