The average homeowner possesses some knowledge of basic paint preparation. They know that you need to stir the paint thoroughly and that you need to make use of drop cloths. However, there are some tips that they are unaware of such as microwaving paint tape to make it more manageable.
If you’re planning to carry out a DIY painting project, then knowing a few extra painting tips and techniques can give you better, more satisfying results. Some techniques such as storing the paint properly or using the right tools are fairly popular and still helpful in making sure there are no blemishes while painting, and that you covered all the surfaces evenly. In this article, we’ll be looking at some DIY painting tips that can help save you time and money, and improve the quality of your work.
If you leave a half-empty can of paint alone, it’ll dry out before you know it. You can prevent this by dropping golf balls into the can of paint to fill the airspace. Alternatively, you can wrap the bottom of the lid with plastic wrap, seal the paint can tightly, and store upside down.
If your DIY painting projecting involves a new drywall, then make use of a water-based primer to give you an even base, and hide imperfections before you apply colour. On the other hand, if you’re painting smoke-damaged or water damaged saturated walls, or paneling, then use an oil-based primer.
Before you start stirring the paint, drill some holes in the stirrer, as it’ll help the paint mix more thoroughly. The holes will allow the paint to flow through the stirrer, aerating it more and allowing the paint to mix more evenly.
If you want your wall to have more texture, then choose a roller with a long nap. A ¾” nap will hold more paint. A nap is a material that covers the roller, and rollers with longer naps create more stippling on your wall. If you want a smooth finish, then use a roller with a shorter nap, say between ¼” and 1/2” nap.
There’s no reason to wash your brushes or rollers if you’re not done painting, especially if you’re using latex paint. Since cold temperatures keep latex paint from drying quickly, you can just wrap your brush or roller in a tin foil or plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator. Make sure they are fully warm before using them again.
If you’re using an older tape, you may find it difficult to peel it off its roll without it sticking or tearing. If it continues to peel, microwave the whole roll for about 10 seconds.
If you’re unsure of the type of painting on your wall, then here’s a quick tip to help you find out. Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol, then dab it in a small area across the wall. If there is paint residue on the cotton ball, then it is latex paint. If there isn’t, then it’s an oil-based paint.
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