10 Tips for a Perfect Paint Job

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Sep 05
Interior Painting

Interior Painting

1. Roll paint along edges for a consistent texture

After using a brush to get in close, use a small roller to erase brush marks. Do this immediately after using the brush to ensure that the edges do not have a different texture than the surrounding paint.

2. Prime and texture wall patches to avoid blotches

When patching up holes and cracks with a drywall or filler compound, be sure to cover them in a layer of primer before painting. This will ensure that the porous filler do not absorb the paint, which dulls the surface and causes “flashing.” Primer also seals the patch so that it won’t sink in or look dull.

3. Cut the tape before pulling it off

Once cut, the tape comes off cleanly without tearing the dry paint. For best results, allow 24hrs for the paint to dry and then use a sharp box cutter or utility knife to slice through the film that will have formed between the wall and the tape. Once you’ve finished cutting, pull the tape up at a 45-degree angle.

4. Avoid lap marks by rolling the full height of the wall.

Lap marks are the stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. To avoid them, roll the full edge of the wall and keep a “wet edge” so that each stroke of your rolleroverlaps the previous stroke before the paint can begin to dry. Maintaining a wet edge means painting an entire wall at once, starting at one end and running the roller up and down the full height of the wall, moving over slightly with each stroke. Be sure to reload the roller often so that it doesn’t dry out. Keep the open side of the roller frame facing the area that’s already painted. That puts less pressure on the open side of the roller, so you’re less likely to leave paint ridges.

5. If you can’t keep a wet edge, feather out the paint.

If you encounter a large area like a ceiling, stairwells or tall walls, minimize lap marks by feathering out the paint along the edges that you can’t keep wet. This feathered coat will avoid the buildup that causes the lap mark. To accomplish this, roll the nearly dry roller in different directions along the dry edge, which will feather out the paint. Then, after completing the entire length of the wall or ceiling, move over to the next section and paint over the feathered edges. During the second coat, repeat these steps but apply the paint in the opposite direction to reduce lap marks.

6. Use cotton drop clothes

Plastic drop cloths or tarps can be slippery to walk on or set up a ladder, and don’t stay in place. Additionally, paint splatters on plastic stay wet and can get in your shoes, which will track paint into other areas of your home. Instead, use canvas drop cloths, which can be pinned in place and are not slippery or messy. Also remember to clean spills with paper towels or cloth rags and if you splatter paint on any other surface, to wipe it up immediately.

7. Sand trim between coats

For an extra smooth finish, sand your trim with a sand sponge. This will ensure that the underlying color and sheen isn’t visible after you paint. Before painting, sand the trim with a fine-grit sanding sponge, then apply the first coat of paint, let it dry for 24 hours, then lightly sand again and apply the second coat.

8. Mix cans of paint for consistent color

Paint color may vary from one bucket to the next and if you need to open a new can halfway through the room, the difference may be noticeable. If you are using more than one bucket of paint to paint a room, mix them together in a large bucket to ensure that the color between all buckets is a consistent color.

9. Clean dirty surfaces so the paint can form a strong bond

Paint will chip easily or peel off of oily surfaces, so clean areas with a deglosser or heavy-duty cleaner before painting. Wipe the cleaner in a circular motion using a lint-free cloth or abrasive pad, starting at the bottom and working up. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection if necessary.

10. Paint the trim first

The proper order to painting a room is as follows: trim, then the ceiling, then the walls. This is because it’s easier to tape off the trim than to tape off the walls, and you don’thave to be as neat when painting the trim -if the paint gets onto the walls, you will be painting over them shortly! Painting in this order is a real time-saver.For more information on how you can use paint to freshen up your home, contact us at or call us at (204) 691-6264.

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