Before you even start painting, you should pay attention to some important points: the first is to prepare the area that will receive paint, in addition to protecting furniture, floors and other surfaces that will not be painted. Here are the main pre-painting tricks:
Did you know that Vaseline can be used to protect places where you don’t want to paint? This tip is very useful for small regions, such as doorknobs, door and window latches, for example.
Just apply Vaseline in these places and the paint simply does not penetrate the surface, making the subsequent cleaning work much easier, as it is enough to pass a cloth and that’s it.
2. Aluminum foil
Another great ally of painting is aluminum foil. It serves to line and cover surfaces making the cleaning work faster, after all, you will only need to remove the paper and everything will be clean.
Aluminum foil can be placed on doorknobs, latches, and even the surface of small furniture.
3. Masking tape
Everyone already knows the use of masking tape when painting. The tape isolates the paint from the area you don’t want to paint. It turns out that if it is not well placed, the paint can penetrate and end up creating stains on the painting.
To avoid this problem, run a spatula over the entire length of the tape, pressing gently. In this way, the masking tape adheres better to the wall and the paint cannot pass through.
And to protect the floor from painting? The best option is cardboard. In addition to being an easily found material, it guarantees more stability, as it does not slip like plastic. Another advantage of cardboard is that it is recyclable, so when you finish painting, just send it for recycling.
5. Scheduled day and time
Set a specific day to do the paint job. It’s more practical, faster and you don’t run the risk of having a stained painting. Ideally, you should be able to do everything on the same day, respecting the break between coats, of course.
6. Sunny day
Another important thing is to check the weather forecast on the day of painting. Prefer to carry out this type of work on sunny and hot days to facilitate drying. So you can keep doors and windows open for greater ventilation which, in addition to contributing to faster drying, also prevents the smell of paint from being impregnated in the environment.
7. No smell
And speaking of paint smell, this seventh tip is also important. When preparing paint for painting drip a few drops of vanilla essence into the can. This will lessen the smell without changing the chemical makeup of the paint.
8. Sand and clean
The surfaces that will receive the paint must be clean, dry and sanded (if necessary) before starting the painting. This simple trick can make all the difference in the final finish.
9. Previous ink
What if the wall or furniture was previously painted with another paint? You have to remove, peel, what to do? The advisable thing in this case is to find out what type of paint was used.
This is because you cannot apply a water-based paint over an oil-based or solvent-based paint, as is the case with varnish and enamel paint, for example. Adhesion will not be as good and the result of painting will be compromised.
The best way to find out which ink was previously used is to wipe the surface with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol. If the paint is removed then it is a latex type. But if it remains firm and strong, then it is oil based paint.
If the paint used previously is different from the one you will apply, then it is recommended to sand the surface to remove the paint.
10. Protected tray
Do you want your tray to always look clean and beautiful? In that case, the tip is to cover it with aluminum foil.
In addition to preserving the tray for longer, you still won’t have to clean it after painting.
It is common to also use plastic bags to provide this protection. However, plastic is slippery and can slip out of place.
11. Separate all materials
It may seem a little obvious to say this, but the truth is that a lot of people end up leaving this step aside.
The result of this forgetfulness is having to run after materials, delaying all the painting work.
Therefore, arrange in advance everything that will be needed.
12. Clean the roller
It’s not just after the painting is finished that you need to clean the roller. It’s important to do this before too. Do you know why? The paint roller often has loose hairs that can end up sticking to the surface.
To clean the roller before painting just wrap masking tape around it. The loose hairs will adhere to the tape and the roller will be clean.
13. Use a rubber band
The trick to not wasting paint, or even running the risk of spilling paint on the floor, is to stretch a rubber band over the can so that you can remove excess paint from the brush. Simple, practical and economical for your pocket.
14. Pay attention to the corners
Larger areas can easily be painted with a roller, but when filling in edges and corners, it is best to use a brush or a small roller.
What is the best sense to make a painting? You were right if you said zigzag. Well, neither vertical nor horizontal. The correct way to unload the paint roller so that the wall receives paint evenly is in the zigzag direction.
after all ready
Painting ready, now just enjoy the result, right? Not yet! Before contemplating your work, it is important to take care of some details. Check out:
If you’ve chosen to use masking tape to protect areas that shouldn’t be painted, then it’s good to know that it’s not enough to just remove the tape at the end of the painting.
The ideal is to wait for the paint to dry completely. Then, with the help of a stylus, you must draw a line close to the masking tape. This procedure will help the tape detach from the paint and come off more easily, without running the risk of ripping a piece of paint off with it.
17. Cleaning brushes and rollers
Paint rollers and brushes should be kept clean and dry. To do this, dip them in a glass with remover and then wash them under running water. Let it dry.
If the painting takes more than a day to complete, the trick for the paint not to dry on the brush is to store it in the fridge wrapped in a plastic bag.
18. Save everything
With all the certainty in this world this will not be his last painting. Therefore, keep your brushes and painting materials in a dry and airy place. Also, worth a tip: use a tube of potato chips to store the paint roller. It stays protected and fits right in there.