Here are our final five paint tips that the pros won't tell you to make your painting job the best it can possibly be. Be sure to have a spotlight handy in order to identify any spots that you may have missed and overlooked. This is easy to do, and you will see things once the light is projecting and it will expose any blemishes, imperfections, or differences in color. The term that's associated with overlooking spots that you missed is called holiday. Spots you are more likely to need to look out for are going to be corners and edges because these are usually done with a paint brush rather than a roller and are easier to miss. Tackle these missing paint issues while you're on the job and inspecting them rather than doing them later when they can be more complicated and time-consuming.
The next tip on our scheduled countdown is to make sure your wall is clean for painting. Greasy or dirty surfaces will make it difficult for your paint to stick or adhere to effectively. Simply get a degreaser to clean your walls. Grimy surfaces will make paint impossible to work with, but clean surfaces will make your job quite easy. A degreaser will easily cut through any grease and grime that's holding you up from having a great time painting your desired surface. Make sure to read all labels involved with the degreaser and wear the proper protective equipment to keep your hands safe from chemicals and substances so you don't want to be in close contact.
Our next tip is a professional’s favorite. Most regular painters will airbrush immediately after dipping it into the paint will scrape most of it off. This will render it quite useless to dip your paintbrush into the paint at all. Load the bottom of your paint bucket with paint and then dip it in 1 and 1/2 in and then simply brush on the side of your container to knock off any of the heavy drips. This will allow you to have enough paint to complete the job that is needed.
The second to last tip involves avoiding a run situation with corners by applying too much paint. Avoid this dripping problem by starting your paint stroke farther back from the corners a half an inch away those spots. Allow your paintbrush to lightly brush into the corners and do it slowly to prevent dripping and pileup of paint in corners and creases. Do this a couple times to ensure complete coverage.
A final tip helps you to keep your paint brushes from drying out. An effective way to do this is to dip them in a little paint and then cover them in a plastic bag and seal them. If you plan to return to the job the next day this method will work just fine. If you are going to return to the job in a little bit longer it's good to pull the roller off and avoid covering yourself in paint. Then the next time make sure to put on a new roller and don't be cheap. For your expensive brushes, assuming you are using a water-based paint, be sure to wash them off with a hose or in a sink you don't mind getting paint on. Thank you for checking out these 5 tips and happy painting!
Be sure to check out "20 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You" by Brett Martin and Ezra Dryer.