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Apr

4 amazing painting tips for the DIY painter in you

Be it selecting the perfect color combination for your home or actually getting on with the tools to give it a beautiful new paint job, renovating and decorating your home is an amazing feeling. And while many people hire help for doing the work, a lot of others love to get their hands dirty for making their houses beautiful.

And it is for that do-it-yourself passion in you that we have brought to you some incredible tips and tricks to paint your house like a true pro. Read on.

How to avoid lap marks?

Remember those distinguished ugly stripe marks that are clear evidence of uneven paint? They mostly happen because the painter rolls over partly dried paint. And especially in the case of latex paint in dry weather, the coat dries up more quickly than normal.

The key to avoiding these marks is to always keep a “wet edge” of paint before dipping your brush again. This is done to allow the two separate rounds of paint to mix up better and dry together without leaving a clear difference.

In order to do this, start rolling the paint from one corner of the wall and cover the entire height of the wall. And remember to never let the roller dry out and dip it back in the paint whenever necessary.

How to get a consistent shade of colour throughout?

This is another annoying defects that occur when you are trying to paint a big space. Whenever paint is mixed in batches for painting or even when it is directly used from different cans, it suffers a slight shade variation everytime. It causes a real problem when you use different batches/tins of paint on the same or adjacent walls because the shade variation becomes prominent and does not look aesthetically good.

In order to get a smooth, uniform shade of color, the pros use the technique of boxing the paint, i.e., mixing all the paint in a 5 gallon bucket to get a common shade for painting.

Paint the trim before painting the wall?

Most commercial painters in Auckland and everywhere else follow a certain sequence of process to compete painting a house in a perfect way. One of these sequencing rules is to paint the trim before the wall. This is because any paint that stains the wall as a result can be easily painted over and it is much easier to put a protective tape over the trim than putting it on a painted wall.

Following this practice will give you a much neater finish.

How to avoid a blotchy finish?

Even after you have done everything right from getting a uniform shade to a smooth coat but somehow the sheen of the paint is not consistent throughout the wall.

This problem usually occurs where you must have used fillers or other kinds of drywall compounds to patch up holes or cracks. These fillers are porous in nature so they end up absorbing the paint making the wall look dull in appearance. So, when any kind of light falls upon such surfaces, these patched spots appear dull in the middle of a perfect sheen.

This problem can be easily fixed by using a good quality primer coat that seals there patches and the paint doesn’t get absorbed into the porous areas.

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You can also take care of small things such as using cotton or canvas drop cloths instead of using plastic sheets and cleaning all the dirty surfaces to allow paint to make stronger bond with the wall.

You can paint like a pro simply by paying attention to these small details and your house will look nothing less than professionally painted.