Four Clever Painting Hacks: You Don’t Need Pro Painter To Cover Minor Details

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'Cutting' is a skill you need to learn

It’s important to do a little bit of research before you hire a paint contractor. But you don’t need a pro painter to cover minor details. If it’s just a scruff or padding, you can coat it yourself. Don’t worry; we are giving you a few tips from pro painters.

It’s important to do a little bit of research before you hire a paint contractor. But you don’t need a pro painter to cover minor details. If it’s just a scruff or padding, you can coat it yourself. Don’t worry, we are giving you a few tips from pro painters.

The Right Load

You want as much paint as you control with no dripping or blob. Drip your brush about 1 ½ inches in the paint and tap each side of the brush against the side of the can.

Tap (not wipe) to get rid of drips and force the paint into bristles, this way the brush will release paint just like a fountain pen. For better results, keeps your brush moving, or it will drip. If you want a fine touch, get less paint on your brush. For this, dip and tab the brush while scraping the sides against the can. This way, the outside will be dry and easy to manage.

Cutting Closing

Cutting is a skill you need to learn. You can’t cut with a ratty brush. When it comes to cut a wall, you have to load your brush and get rid of excess paint. Now work the brush up to the line between wall and ceiling.

If you want to make a hatband, you need a wide brush stroke. On the contrary, if you want a think hatband, you need to roll first and cut with a brush.

A good role is within ½ inch of the ceiling. This way you will keep yourself from extra brushing. When you are painting a baseboard, you need a wide tape that will make a good paint guard. Make sure the blade is clean to prevent drips at the edge of a knife.

Work Top Down

After you have painted the ceiling, you have to work from the top down. Now start with crown molding, and do the walls, and then casement molding around doors and windows. Leave the baseboard molding for last. Painting baseboard, at last, prevents grit falling from older molds. And you can brush a fresh coat of paint.

You need to double check your work. Afterwards, you will have to back-prep and sand off bumps before you apply the next coat. You will need a light surface for drips, roller fleck, and other such issues.

Daily Cleaning

Its surprising, but pros don’t clean the brush and rolls every day. If they are going to continue work tomorrow, they won’t wash because latex paints slowly dry, especially in cold temperature. If their job takes a few days, they just wrap the brush and roller in plastic bags and stick them in the refrigerator. When they need to use them again, they let it return to room temperature.

The fact is, paint rollers are borderline impossible to clean. Most painters buy new covers instead of cleaning the old ones. It’s because they can easily wear down. So, cleaning them every day is out of the equation. Most pros prefer buying a new cover for every job.

The fact is, paint rollers are borderline impossible to clean. Most painters buy new covers instead of cleaning the old ones. It’s because they can easily wear down. So, cleaning them every day is out of the equation. Most pros prefer buying a new cover for every job.

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