Many customers think that all they need is the paint, roller and maybe a brush and they are set to transform their lives with a fresh coat of paint. When they are pointed in the direction of a myriad of accessories, they generally tend to shy away, thinking that you are simply trying to add to the value of the sale.
Many people do not see the need for masking tape, drop sheets, corner tools, sugar soap and the like, and the list goes on. While you may have a work around for these items, there are a few that make the whole process of painting much easier and cleaner, resulting in a more professional finish.
If you follow a few simple rules, you can eliminate a lot of frustration, and allow you to complete the job quicker. Below are some of the most basic rules that will get you started on your way.
Don’t try paining with old brushed and rollers that have stiffened up. While you can purchase cleaning fluids that will remove old dry paint from your tools, you will get a much better job by binning them and getting new brushes and rollers. The few dollars you may save by reusing old tools, will be taken up in spending a lot more time in application, and new tools are not that expensive these days.
Always wash new roller covers and brushes in water before putting in paint. This will remove all trace elements such as fibers, fluff and stray bristles, ensuring that they don’t ruin your work.
Always stir the paint thoroughly before adding to a paint pot or a roller tray. You should use a flat paddle such as a ruler that will allow you to ensure that all of the tinting is evenly spread through the body of the paint, ensuring a continuous shade through your project.
Use a hammer and nail to punch a hole through the inner lip of the paint tin, so that as paint accumulates in the well of the lid, that it falls back into the can. This will save a lot of mess, and stop the lid of the can becoming stuck to the paint can when you replace the lid and the paint dries.
If cleaning up after a days painting and if you are going to be painting again tomorrow, wash the brushes and rollers thoroughly then wrap them in saran wrap overnight so that they do not dry out, but remain supple. This will also stop paint that is matted in the fibers from drying out and leaving you with an uneven finish.
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