Painting Like A Pro: 3 Helpful Tips

Posted on: 5 October 2015

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Nothing can spruce up the inside of a home quite as nicely as a fresh new coat of paint. Yet many amateur painters end up having to live with less than ideal results, simply because they failed to know some basic painting tricks. If you have plans to repaint the inside of your home, read on. This article will present three tips to ensure you end up with a professional looking result.

Always blot up carpet spills--never wipe.

It doesn't matter whether you're a first timer or seasoned painting contractor, everybody leaves a few drips behind when they paint. When you're painting in a room with hardwood floors, that's not too big a deal. As long as you get to it in time, all it takes is swipe with a damp rag to remove any stray drips.

Unfortunately, the same rule doesn't apply when dealing with carpet. In that case, trying to wipe away dripped paint will only serve to embed the paint even deeper in the fibers. A much better strategy is to first spritz the spill with water, and then blot it using a dry clean rag. Repeat as necessary until you've diluted and lifted the drip away completely.

Remove excess fuzz from rollers before painting.

Nothing's quite as satisfying as dipping a fresh roller in a tray of paint for the first time. Yet if you're not careful that brand new roller may end up leaving unsightly strands of lint embedded in the dried paint on your wall. Luckily, there's an easy way to avoid this unfortunate scenario.

All you'll need is a roll of painter's tape--which you should already have nearby. Simply wrap a piece of tape around your hand so that the adhesive side is facing outward. Now use this to pat down the roller. By the time you're done, the tape should be pretty well covered with loose bits of lint and fluff. Now you can use the roller without fear of leaving unwanted fuzz behind.

Use caulk instead of tape for crisp edges.

A nice crisp line is imperative anytime two different shades of paint are going to meet. The traditional way to demarcate these different zones is by using painter's tape. But that doesn't always do the trick. No matter how well you stick the tape to the wall, paint always has a way of working underneath the edge, creating an unsightly result.

Thankfully, there's a much more reliable means of getting a crisp edge: latex caulk. After marking your initial boundary with tape, lay down a bead of caulk along the top edge. Then smooth the caulk out away from the tape, let it dry, and remove the paint. Now you can proceed in full assurance that your boundary line will come out perfectly straight!

Of course, if you need professional assistance or advice during your painting project, don't hesitate to turn to a company like AAA Action Painting.