(A) Basic Painting Tips
Always paint in this order. The correct order of painting ensures a better finish and reduces messiness.
STEP 1 :
Getting the order right
-It’s wise to start from the top, usually the ceiling, if you’re painting it
-This is so you don’t drip any paint on freshly painting walls
-The order to paint is usually :
- Walls and Skirting
- Windows and doors
STEP 2 :
Preparing to paint
-Inspecting the surface of what you want to paint could be the difference between a good paint job and a brilliant one.
-There are several things you can do to properly prepare you paint surface
- If it’s uneven, rub the surface down with fine-grade sandpaper to rough it up so the paint will stick
- Sand off any rough spots
- Remove sheen from surface-especially for timber or glossy surfaces
- Finally, wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth and allow them to dry thoroughly.
STEP 3 :
-When painting the ceiling, cut into the ceiling line
-It’s all right to go onto the walls – you can go over them later, when painting the walls
-It’s advisable to start from the comer closest to the window, so you can see what areas you’ve already covered.
STEP 4 :
Walls and Skirting
-Start with cutting into the wall line. Make sure not to get any paint on your ceiling
-When painting the walls, keep your strokes continuous. Overlap your strokes as you move from area to area
-Before painting the skirting, mask along the edges. Always start from the corner of the room and take care not to get any paint on the walls.
STEP 5 :
Doors and Windows
-Mask the areas you don’t want to paint, such as hinges, frames, latches, knobs, etc
-For doors, paint in the following order : molded surfaces, panels, horizontal segments, vertical segments and finally, the
-For window, paint the inner frame first and work outwards.
STEP 6 :
-After painting, scrape any excess paint back into the tin
-Clean your brushes and rollers immediately with warm, soapy water. For oil-based paint, use turpentine to clean your brushes
-Store your brushes flat or on their handles. Hang your rollers to prevent crushing the pile.