When giving someone helpful tips, it is difficult to know where to start from and where to end. Well, as reliable painters and decorators London, we want to give you a few handy tips if you decide to paint your property yourself.
There are lots of advice we can give you as professional painters and decorators, but it is the little things you learn from your own experience that sticks. It also makes things easier for you when you are doing your painting. Below are ten useful tips we feel will help you and make the experience easy and fun when doing your painting.
10 Handy Tips for learners
- Don’t use paint straight from the tin; you have to dilute them. Good quality paints such as trade emulsion need diluting up to 25% with water. If you are using 5 litres tubs of emulsion paint, buy a cheap bucket and mix the paint and water in it.
- Get or buy some paint kettles. These are simple containers having wire handles that can hold about 1.5 litres of paints. These are used to put the oil-based or emulsion paints and then you paint from here instead of painting from the tin directly.This will help you keep the tins clean and airtight.
- You can test the right thickness when preparing emulsion paints. Put drops of paints on the surface, if the drops last longer, it is too thick, and if they disappear immediately, the paint is too thin.When applying the emulsion to the walls using brush, especially at the edges where the roller can’t reach, the paint should be applied easily and smoothly than “tug” a little. Also, if you leave clear brush marks that don’t flatten out when applying the paint, that means it is too thick.
- It is easier to remove all ironmongery than trying to paint around it. You can do this quickly. Your final result will look better and professional if there is no paint where there should be no paint.
- If you are painting multiple rooms and ceilings, you will need a paint roller and an extension pole. The pole can be screwed or slotted into the bottom of the roller. This will make painting the ceiling so much easier and you won’t need a stepladder. It also makes the work fast because you can run the roller from the floor to the ceiling easily.
- If you are painting in the dark or evenings, you will have to use light bulbs. Buy halogen lamp, around 50 watts. This has extra brightness that will ensure you don’t skip any area.
- Take your time and prepare well. 80% of your final result is based on how well you prepare and not the paint on the wall. You have to do this preparation beforehand.
- When using a brush to paint, whether it is a wall or woodwork, you have to paint with long smooth strokes. Don’t use short dabbing strokes.This is highly important when painting skirting boards and windows. You will get a smoother finish with long strokes, it will also reduce the risk of paint runs.
- It is important you take note of oil-based paints like “pooling” in corners of panelled doors. They also run if you apply them too thickly. When using this type of paints, you have to inspect the areas you have painted every 30 minutes after you have painted it up to 2 hours afterwards.This will allow you to brush out any paint runs that have formed.
- Go for quality paint brushes, avoid the cheap ones. There are two main reasons for this. Cheap brushes have coarse bristles; they would leave brush marks where you have painted.
Secondly, the bristles of cheap brushes fall out easily —, especially when using them with oil-based paints. You will end up having nightmares removing the bristles from areas you have painted.
These are some of the handy painting tips shared by the best London painters and decorators to make your experience of painting much better. However, the above-mentioned steps will guide you to paint the walls perfectly to obtain best ever finish.
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