Sure you know the basics of painting, but sometimes it’s the little hints that can make the job go more smoothly. I have some painting pointers to help you out!
1. Before you tape off your borders, rub the stub of an old candle around the edges on both sides of your roll of tape. This will help keep paint from sticking to the tape and pulling off of the wall when you remove it!
2. If your room calls for more than a gallon of paint, mix the two cans together. Even though the paint was mixed using the same formula it can have variations from can to can and you don’t want that showing up on your walls!
3. When cutting in keep a wet edge to prevent a hatband you know that line of paint that looks different than the walls where you cut in. To do this, work in small areas at a time and then roll the walls blending the paint as you go. Or work with a buddy, one of you can cut in while the other rolls the walls.
4. To remove your roller from its handle for cleaning, slip a plastic grocery bag over it, and pull the two apart. Simply drop the roller in your cleaning solution and toss the bag.
5. To clean the paint out of a paint pad, run it over a wire mesh screen under warm soapy water!
Painting tips & tricks
Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.
To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.
When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.
An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.
When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.
To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.
Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.
To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.
When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.
When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.
When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.
When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.