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Conventional paints only have a limited ability to mask surface imperfections. Don’t underestimate the importance of preparing surfaces thoroughly to achieve a smoother, more even finish. Between coats you may need to sand off any bumps or re-fill any imperfections before applying the next coat.
Never try to paint over an area that has partly dried as the brush or roller can pick up the first coat resulting in unsightly brush marks and uneven roller texture.
Remove door knobs, light switch and powerpoint covers and curtain rod brackets before you start painting. It is much easier and faster to remove these items and reinstall them rather than trying to work around them and the overall finish will look more professional.
Many old homes used paint that contained lead based pigments. These coatings can not be sanded as the dust generated will contain lead which extremely toxic. To determine whether paint contains lead, use a lead test kit before commencing any work.
To determine whether the surface you are painting has an oil based or a water based paint coating on it, wet a cotton ball with methylated spirits and rub it over the surface. If the paint is removed, it is a water based.
Roller sleeves can hold a large amount of paint. Scrape the excess paint from the roller sleeve using a circular roller scraping tool before you wash it. This will save paint and make it much easier to clean.
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.
Use a disposable paint liner in your roller tray. They are inexpensive and save time on cleaning up
Pouring paint directly from a 4 Litre container can be really messy. Use a paint pourer to prevent spills and eliminate paint from collecting in the lid lip. This will make it easier to reseal the 4L can and preserve the quality of any left over 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.