Painting Tips and Tricks
Today we are going to discuss tips and tricks for painting that work for Brampton homeowners.
These are tips that are used by the pros.
- Planning – this should always be your first step. Figure out what the measurements of the area you are going to paint. Make a list of items you need to purchase; paint brushes, roller covers, painter tape, ladders, paint trays, drop clothes, and mineral spirits if you need it for cleaning brushes.
- Choosing paint – when it comes to paint, if you are unsure of what colour or colours you want to paint your walls, then purchase a pint and use an old piece of plywood or heavy cardboard like that which appliances come in, paint them the colour or colours you want to use and hold it up to the wall to see if you will like that colour or not. You should move it around the room to see how it looks when the sunlight hits it as well as in the darker corners. The amount of light, changes the tone of the colour. You also need to choose the right sheen, flat, satin, semi-gloss, or glossy.
- Gather all the supplies before you start painting.
- Use canvas drop clothes because these will keep spills or splatters from being tracked through your home unlike the plastic drop clothes. Canvas not only collects the paint splatters and spills without it pooling but it is safe to walk on or place a ladder on than the slippery plastic drop clothes.
- Tape the molding, wood working, and baseboards before your start painting, when you lay down the tape run the edge of a putty knife over it to get a good grip on the wall to keep paint from splattering or running on to areas you do not want paint on.
Windows most pros will tell you not to tape the windows but instead after you are done scrape any paint off the window pane with a single edge razor blade or metal putty knife.
- Allow each coat of paint to dry as instructed on the paint can, before applying another coat or changing colours.
- Choosing the right finish, flat should be using in low traffic areas such as adult bedrooms, Satin has nice luster and is easy to clean but not as durable as semi-gloss or glossy. Satin is usually used in rooms like family rooms or den. Semi-gloss is used in kitchens and bathroom high traffic areas and glossy is normally used for trim doors areas that tend to have a lot of hand prints on it.
- Write down the paint information for brand, colour name, number, etc. so that if you need to purchase more for touch ups later on you can go back to the home improvement store in or around Brampton and purchase more.
These tips and tricks will help you achieve a professional look in your home, which shows your style and taste. Remember these tips work in Brampton as well as anywhere else in the world.