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Colour, texture or gloss variations between brushed and rolled areas is a paint application defect known as "Picture Framing". When rolling up to the cutting in at a cornice, turn the roller frame and run it parallel to the cornice with the open end closest to the ceiling, rolling as closely as practicable to the cornice. This will eliminate the texture difference between the brushed and rolled area which can appear as a colour or gloss difference.
“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 rolling walls, use an extension pole attached to the roller handle so that you can apply the paint to the full height of the wall in a single stroke. This will eliminate the need to constantly climb up and down ladders and will enable you to maintain a “wet edge”, eliminating lap marks.
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.
Don’t allow brushes to soak in water, thinners or paint for extended periods of time as the brush will swell and lose its shape. The bristles will absorb the liquid which can then drip out of the ferrule (the metal strip that holds the bristles in place) when they are used.
Always mix your paint before you use it with a paint wacker or broad paint stirring stick using a circular, upward motion. A screwdriver or piece of dowel will not mix the paint sufficiently and may result in unsightly colour, coverage and gloss variations in the dried finish.
It is important to use the right equipment for a given painting project. There are many different types of paint rollers, brushes and paint products that are suited for different applications. Using the right product and equipment will enable you to achieve the desired finish in a shorter time. Taking shortcuts, using the wrong product or low quality equipment could produce an unacceptable result that costs you more money and time in the long term.
Wash roller sleeves before their first use to remove any loose fibres that would inevitably come off into the paint, leaving a rough, unsightly finish. Wash the sleeves with water, running your hands up and down to remove the loose fibres. Spin out the excess water before painting.