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After you’ve cut in the edges at the ceiling and skirting boards, apply the paint using a roller from the ceiling downward. Any drips or runs that occur will be painted over as you move down the wall. Once the paint has been spread out, always “lay off” from top to bottom to avoid lap marks and thick edges. Don’t press too hard, rather allow the weight of the roller to even out the paint.
Painting from a 4 Litre paint tin is heavy and it has a double lip that traps paint making it difficult to reseal the can after use. It is much lighter and easier to use a smaller, custom designed paint pot with a handle and brush holder.
If you are waiting for the first coat to dry, wrap your brush and roller in glad wrap to prevent it from drying out. If you have finished for the day, wrap your brush and roller in glad wrap, place in a plastic bag and store in the fridge overnight.
“Cutting In” around cornices, architraves and skirting boards takes practice. A long handled cutter brush provides better control than a wall brush. Load the brush and start brushing several centimetres away from the cut-in edge. As the brush unloads, work the brush up to the cutting in line and slowly drag the brush along. You may need to do this several times to achieve coverage. This technique will prevent too much paint being applied in the corners or along the trim that will invariably run.
Finish one wall before starting another. This allows the brushed and rolled areas to blend together. All cans of paint are slightly different colours. Never use a different can of paint to cut in and another to roll the walls. Never change paint cans halfway through a wall.
To achieve an extremely smooth professional finish free of brush marks on trim work, mix a wet edge extender such as Penetrol, Floetrol or Hot Weather Thinners into the paint. This will slow down the drying giving you longer working time to overlap painted areas and allow the paint to “level out” so that brush marks are virtually eliminated.
When loading a paint brush, only immerse the bristles to half their length into the paint then tap the brush against the top edge of the can to remove the excess paint rather than wiping the brush on the can lip.