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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.
Always use canvas drop cloths. Thin bed sheets won’t stop spills from seeping through to the floor. Plastic sheets are great for covering furniture but used as a drop sheet they are slippery, they don’t absorb the paint and the paint stays wet for a long time. Invariably the paint finds its way to the bottom of your shoes and gets walked through the house.
It is always best to remove masking tape as soon as possible after painting and before the paint dries by gently pulling the tape away from the wall to avoid peeling the fresh paint off with it. If the tape cannot be removed straight away, run a sharp blade between the tape and the painted surface to break any seal before removing.
When masking up, use a putty knife to press the edge of the tape down to achieve a good seal. This will prevent the paint from creeping under the tape and spoiling the clean edge.