Tips on Painting House
Painting you house is an important task and you would like the job
to be done well. Here are a few tips that you should follow from the
time you begin painting till you finish the job.
- While buying brushes you can choose from
natural and synthetic bristles. For latex
paint use only synthetic bristles and for oil
based paints you can use both. For painting walls buy brushes
that are 3 to 4 inches wide and are flat. For intricate work
like the mullion on a window use a sash brush that is angled and
about 1-1/2 inch wide. For doors, windows and trim use brushes
that are 3 inch wide and have a straight edge. If the brush has
a narrow end then it will retain more paint than a flat-ended
- While buying rollers follow the same
rules as above; for latex paint use synthetic rollers and
natural rollers for oil-based paints. When you buy a roller
remember, that when the surface is rougher, the head of the
roller should be longer. To find out how good the roller is, use
your hand to squeeze the middle of the roller. It should regain
its original shape as soon as you release your hand.
- Buy enough sticking tape. It is best to
invest in some good quality masking tape or painter's tape.
Though both these are a little costlier they are easy to remove.
You will have to use tape to cover trims, windowpanes, doorknobs
etc. Some tapes come with little paper attached to one side for
greater protection. While removing the tape, to avoid pulling
off the finish, use a hair dryer and blow hot air over the tape
before lifting it off. The hot air will stop it from sticking to
- To prevent paint from dripping while
painting, using a nail and a hammer, make a hole on the rim of
the paint tin, after you have opened it. Doing this will allow
the paint from the brush to run back into the tin, as you drag
you brush across the rim of the tin to remove the extra paint
from the brush. This prevents the extra paint from collecting on
the rim of the tin and overflowing after some time.
- When you begin to paint a wall, begin
from the edges and then fill in the middle section. Try not to
start a new can of paint in the middle section of the wall. If
there is the slightest variation in color it will be clearly
visible in this section of the wall.
- To get an even coat of color, pour paint
into a smaller can and take a piece of coat hanger wire and bend
it across the small can. Fix the wire by twisting its ends
across the rim of the can or across the handle. Use this wire to
brush off extra paint, from your brush, every time you dip your
brush into the can. Doing this will ensure that your brush is
evenly coated with paint across the span of the brush. This will
give the wall an even and smooth finish.
- Keep some old clean rags at hand to
clean up any mess by dripping and spilling paint. Buy a set of
use and throw foam brushes that you can use for touch ups.
- If you are applying a number of coats of
paint, wait patiently till each coat has completely dried up
before applying the next coat.
- If you are breaking for the day and will
continue painting the next day, then wrap the wet brushes in
plastic or aluminum foil and place it in the freezer. The next
morning all you will have to do is remove it and start off from
where you stopped last night.
- Soaking paint brushes in water or paint
solvent for sometime makes it easier to clean. Make a hole in
the metal clam of the brush and pass a nail through it. Now fill
a small jar with water or solvent and hang the brush in it, by
laying the nail across the mouth of the jar. Soak it for
sometime and then wash thoroughly. Empty the jar and place the
clean brush in it and this way the bristles of the brush will
remain straight after they dry.
- When you use a roller and a tray, ensure
that you use a tray liner so that you do not waste time cleaning
the tray once the job is done. You can either buy a tray liner
or use aluminum foil as liner and throw away once soiled.
- A newly painted wall, takes 30 days to
cure, so do not wash the paint for about a month.