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Collingwood Painters Guide: DIY Painting Like a Pro

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In this blog post, I will be sharing professional secrets and tips on how to paint efficiently and effectively. Painting can be a time-consuming task, but with these secrets, you’ll be able to paint in half the time you’re used to.

Before you start painting, there are a few important steps you need to take to ensure a professional result.

Firstly, remove all screws and prep your surface. This includes removing all plates and fixtures from the walls.

It’s important to remove these items before painting to avoid painting over them or causing any damage. Take a few seconds to remove plates and fixtures, as it will make the painting process much easier.

Scraping cracked paint off a wall using a putty knife.
Remove any old paint

Next, inspect the surface for any previous paint jobs. If old paint needs to be covered, it’s important to clean it up before painting.

This will prevent you from having to paint multiple coats just to hide the old color. Take the time to remove any old paint and ensure a clean surface.

Another important step is to fill any holes and check for imperfections on the wall. Before painting, making the wall surface as perfect as possible is crucial.

Use a drywall compound to fill any holes or dents in the wall. This will ensure a smooth and flawless finish when painting.

Applying spackle to a wall with a putty knife.
Applying spackle to a wall with a putty knife.

Now that you have prepped your surface, it’s time to start painting. Start by cutting in the edges of the walls using a brush.

Use a three-inch angle brush and paint from inside the brush to create a straight line. This technique allows for more control and precision when cutting in. Remember to paint from inside the brush, not outside, to avoid leaving brush marks.

After cutting in, it’s time to roll the walls. Use a roller with a 13 to 15 mil sleeve for walls. Load the roller with paint and remove any excess paint by rolling it on the tray.

A Collingwood Painters paint roller applying white paint to a wall.
A Collingwood Painters paint roller applying white paint to a wall.

Start rolling from about a foot down from the ceiling and work your way down. Apply light pressure when rolling up and down to ensure an even coat.

Remember to overlap each stroke to avoid any missed spots. When painting the baseboards, it’s important to paint from inside the brush and draw a straight line about 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch off the bottom of the trim.

This technique allows for a clean and precise line without the need for tape. By following these professional secrets and techniques, you’ll be able to paint your walls efficiently and achieve a professional result.

Remember to prep your surface, fill any holes, and cut in before rolling. With these tips, you’ll be able to paint in half the time and achieve a flawless finish. Happy painting!

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