The Paint Can

Thoughts, Tips & Tricks from Accent Painting

A few general tips on your painting technique

by AccentPainting on May 23rd, 2012

1) Keep a wet edge, and always paint from dry to wet.  This will minimize brush strokes and roller marks.

2) Don’t stretch your paint.  You don’t want to glop the paint on, but scrimping will leave you with a patchy, blotchy paint job.

3) Taping is optional, especially if you have a reasonably steady hand.  Using an angle brush, start slightly away from the edge and then curve in to meet it.  This will help you avoid leaving a big blob of paint where you begin.

4) Holding the brush the narrow way (not the way you would naturally hold it) makes it easier to get a crisp line when painting trim.

5) Painting a room is best accomplished by first cutting in (painting along the trim, ceiling, and corners) with a brush.  After that has dried, you can go in with a roller for the walls.

6) I find that it doesn’t matter whether you paint the walls or the trim first.  My preference is to paint the trim first because I find that I can get a cleaner line when I cut in to paint the walls.  If you like to tape off your edges, you may find it easier to paint the trim last.

7) Wet your brush and then blot out most of the water before you begin.  This will help to keep paint from creeping up into the ferrule (the metal part where the bristles are attached) and save your brush.

8. Only dip your brush about a half or quarter of an inch into the paint, then wipe off one side on the edge of the paint container.  This will help you avoid paint runs (from using too much) and keep your brush in good condition.

9) Paint in long, continuous strokes. Not doing so is one of the most common mistakes.

10) When painting with a roller, aim for covering a three foot wide section at a time.  I typically go from the ceiling to a midway point, load more paint, and then go from the midway point down to the floor.  Then I move left or right to the next section, always remembering to keep a wet edge and working from dry to wet.

11) When painting with a brush, don’t dab the paint on or move in a short back and forth motion.  You can paint with the brush left and right (or up and down) to get the paint on, but then take one long finishing stroke from the dry side and tapering off into the wet edge.

12) Put on a second coat.  Your paint job may look OK after just one, but it will look better after two.  If you’re using a dark or vivid color, you may even need three (or more) coats.

13) Let your paint fully dry between coats.  The paint can should tell you how long to wait.

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