Painting Tips

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(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 :

  1. Ceiling
  2. Walls and Skirting
  3. Windows and doors
  4. Floor

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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

  1. If it’s uneven, rub the surface down with fine-grade sandpaper to rough it up so the paint will stick
  2. Sand off any rough spots
  3. Remove sheen from surface-especially for timber or glossy surfaces
  4. Finally, wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth and allow them to dry  thoroughly.

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STEP 3 :

Ceilings

-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.

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 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.

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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
edges

-For window, paint the inner frame first and work outwards.

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STEP 6 :

Cleaning up

-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.