Beyond creativity and flare, there is always a place for key painting techniques that cannot be undermined. This is because the use of the appropriate painting techniques could save you time and stress in all your projects.
That said, in the words of Wu Guanzhong, “There is no standard way of using painting techniques”. They vary according to the painter, the type of painting and the conditions surrounding the painting. To guide you on simple and applicable techniques you can employ in painting, we have compiled this list of the top 6 techniques that could help you achieve a flawless painting.
Roll in your paint from top to bottom
Though this might seem cliché by now, it is important to note that it goes beyond rolling paints from top to bottom. If you are concerned about having those lap marks, ensure you maintain a wet rolling edge all the time, as you start each rolling set to overlap the previous. This should help you neatly cover your wall space.
Remove trim tape when paint is dry
It is simple logic to let the paint on the surface of your wall dry well before removing the tape on the trim. Removing the tape before the paint is completely dried allows for the paint to spill over the trim, causing an untidy finishing.
Paint the trim first
Though the trim often seems to be best painted last, since is the bottom or slimmest part of the wall space, it should be painted first. Experienced painters have observed that painting the trim before the wall helps to achieve a neat work. This is because it is easier to paint out any stain caused on the wall while painting the trim than when done after the larger wall has been painted.
Prime the walls for an even sheen
Just as a lady primes her face before applying make-up for a lasting finish, wall primers help give the walls a brighter and more even sheen. Prime your wall surfaces before painting, for that perfect finish.
Clean wall surfaces
Can you imagine what it would be like eating in a dirty plate? Ensure you clean out wall surfaces that are dirty. You might choose to wipe out the surface with a wall sponge or cloth. Dirty surfaces could ruin your creative work.
Sand-trim the surfaces
For surfaces with uneven endings and imperfections, sand trim them out to a smooth surface that would allow the paint sit in well.
Cotton drop cloths work well
Unlike plastic drop cloths, cotton drop clothes make it easier to effectively cover every corner of the floor space without the cover moving out of place. It also creates a good base for your wall ladder; preventing slippery floors that could bring ruin to your work.
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